How to Take a Screenshot on a Computer (Windows or Mac)

Follow the steps to screenshot on a Mac or Windows computer

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1)  Once you have selected the window or screen that you would like to capture, hold down Ctrl (control) + PrtScn (print screen).  Press and hold the Ctrl (control) button until you have hit the PrtScn button.  Then, you can release both keys and your image will be captured.


2)  To access the image, we have to paste it somewhere first.  Begin by clicking the Start/Windows button at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.  It should look something like the following:


3)  Use the search bar or begin typing “paint” to look for the Microsoft Paint application. (image may differ depending on your version)

Image result for microsoft paint logo

4)  After opening the Microsoft Paint application, paste the image by holding down the Ctrl key and then pressing the V key.  Release both buttons and your captured image should appear on the screen.


5)  Utilize the Microsoft Paint tools to crop or edit the picture if necessary.  Once you are content with the image and ready to save it, click on the File button at the top left-hand corner of the screen and find Save as in the drop-down menu.


6)  Once you have clicked Save as and the new window pops up, you will be prompted to name the file, choose a location, and select your desired format for your image file (PNG, JPEG, etc.).

7)  Just hit save and you are good to go.



1)  On a Mac, you have the option to take a screenshot of the whole screen or a specific window.  To screenshot the entire screen hold command, shift, and then press 3.  The resulting screenshot will save as a PNG file on your desktop.


2)  To screenshot a specific window, follow the same method but press instead of 3.  This will cause the cursor to turn into crosshairs that you can drag to specify the parameters of your image. Pressing the space bar will select the whole window and turn the cursor into a camera sign.  Either way, you can click anywhere in the highlighted section and your screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.


Apple explains these steps on their website as well.  Please see the following link for further assistance:

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