Sometimes we take for granted that what may be a simple task for one may not be known by everyone else. I was reminded of this the other day when someone at the office asked how to take a screenshot of their web browser to insert into a document.
The method for taking a screenshot depends on what you’re trying to do. Here we cover how to take a snap of your entire desktop, one window on your desktop, and screenshots of PC games. There’s also some software that can make this easy or even automatic.
The process of taking a screenshot consists of copying the screen to your computer’s clipboard (a temporary storage area in memory), and then pasting it into another program.
To make a screenshot of your desktop:
Note that if you use Photoshop then you need to create a new blank document before pasting. Photoshop will automatically make the new image the size of whatever is on your clipboard. If you use Microsoft Paint then you may need to trim white space out of the image.
To make a screenshot of just one of your open windows:
If you get a screenshot of your entire desktop, then you didn’t hold down the Alt key. Note that you can paste directly into a Word document without having to save the image and then import it into the document.
We cover the Snipping Tool next, which can eliminate having to use the keyboard for screen grabs…