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How to Take a Screenshot on a MacBook Laptop

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3 ways to take a screenshot on MacBooks

Usually the need to take a screenshot appears when using a tablet or smartphone. However, in some cases, it is also necessary to create a screenshot for those who use a computer or laptop. At the same time, the most difficult thing is for Mac OS users, who have “moved” to similar devices from windows-devices. After all, it is impossible to take a screenshot on a MacBook using the usual and familiar from childhood methods. There is not even a PrtScr key (Printsreen / printscreen) on the apple keyboard. You need to look for and use other tools to get the screenshot. In them we will just talk further.

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Screenshot program

The first way is to use a proprietary utility. It is called “Screenshot”. To use it to take a screenshot on a macbook, you must:

  • Launches Finder. Then go to “Programs”.
  • This will be called “Screenshot”. You can also find the icon through Spotlight or Launchpad. over, Please note that in the English version of the OS it is called “Grab”.
  • The utility menu will open. Go to the “Capture” tab. We choose the option we need. For example, “Screen” (Screen). Then the screenshot will include everything that is on the display. If they call it “Window”, then the system will only take a snapshot of the window. Everything is very clear and simple.

How else can you take a screenshot in MacBook OS?

You can also turn to third-party applications for help if you don’t like the described methods.

  • For example, a screenshot in mac OS x is easy to make using the Screenshot Plus utility. Just download and install it on your computer. After that, you will have access to a widget with a few buttons that allow you to create various screenshots.
  • Monosnap can also help you screen your screen in just a few clicks. You can download the utility from the official website of the developer. After installing the program, you will find an icon with a lightning bolt on the screen (somewhat reminiscent of the Daemon Tools icon). Click on it and select the desired screenshot option.
  • For those who like to edit a lot of screenshots, it is better to use the Joxi program. Its functionality includes a decent set of tools, with which you can add explanatory labels, arrows, draw lines of different colors, blur or darken selected areas, and more. Dr.
  • If you have a macBook pro with a Touch Bar (usually 2016 and earlier models) and macOS Sierra 10.12.2, you can create a box by pressing the cmdshift6 key combination. However, many users still customize the Control Strip, add a “Screenshot” button to it.

Keyboard shortcut

Another easy way to take a screenshot on Apple laptop. Ideal in cases where you need to make a screen in just a couple of seconds. All that is required is to use one of several keyboard shortcuts.

  • Cmdshift3. so that a screenshot of the entire screen appears.
  • Cmdshift4. allows you to create a snapshot with only part of the screen. Pressed this key combination, the cursor will turn into a sight. With its help, you just need to select the area that you want to screen. Then release the mouse button or press esc to cancel.
  • Cmdshift4spacebar. Click to take a snapshot of a standalone program window. For example, to save the history of correspondence in Skype. It is very convenient, because you will not need to cut anything from the screen of the entire desktop. Hold down this key combination, the mouse pointer will look like a camera image. All that remains is to highlight the desired window and name it.
  • Cmdctrlshift3. if you need to insert a screenshot directly into some graphic editor or chat. Indeed, with such a combination, the display photo is saved to the clipboard. To instantly add a box to the menu of any program designed for communication or working with images, just press cmdv (insert).
  • Cmdctrlshift4. by analogy with the previous version, the screenshot is saved to the clipboard. Only he does not mean the entire screen, but only the selected area of ​​the screen.
  • Cmdctrlshift4space. will make it possible to take a screenshot of the window and then “save” it to the clipboard.

As you can see, there are a lot of key combinations on the Mac, which you can “wash down” the screenshot. Especially when compared with iPad mini or air, where, in fact, only a combination of the Home and On / Off buttons is used to create screens.

Is it possible to change the location where screenshots are saved?

As we found out earlier, the screenshots taken are immediately sent to the desktop. Is it convenient? Not always. And what if you need to make a bunch of screenshots. Then we just litter the entire desktop. It is best in this case to establish a new place for the dislocation of screens.

  • Create a separate folder in the “Documents”. We will save new screenshots into it. Wondering what to call her? Let it be “Screenshots” (exactly in English).
  • Open the Terminal from behind the Utility. You can also use Spotlight or Finder search.
  • We enter “defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture location” and separated by a space “

/ Documents / Screenshots “. Click Return.

  • It remains to register one more command. This is “killall SystemUIServer”. By the same token, all changes will take effect. New screenshots on the Mac will automatically “go” to the created “Screenshots” folder.
  • How to take a screenshot using keyboard shortcuts

    The Screenshot application is certainly great, but having memorized a couple of hotkeys, you can easily take several types of screenshots literally instantly. It remains to imagine that you are a pianist and, at first, write combinations on a sticker and stick them on the computer display:

    • Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) 5. Opens Screenshot app (macOS Mojave and later only).
    • Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) 3. Screenshots of the entire desktop. If you have multiple monitors, the same number of files will appear.
    • Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) 4. screenshot of the selected display area. The cursor arrow will turn into a sight with the current coordinates. You just have to choose the area of ​​interest.
    • Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) 3 and then press the spacebar. a screenshot of the entire window. Just move the camera to any window, as it turns blue. Called with the left mouse button, a screenshot will be obtained (by default, a beautiful shadow around the window is activated).
    • Control (^) Shift (⇧) Command (⌘) 3. save a screenshot of the entire screen to the clipboard (the file is NOT created in the default folder, but you can paste the image copied to the clipboard in any program).
    • Control (^) Shift (⇧) Command (⌘) 4. save the selected display area to the clipboard (works similarly to the previous command. the file is not created, but you can immediately paste a screenshot from the clipboard).

    It is noteworthy that you can insert screenshots not only on the Mac on which they were created, but also on devices tied to the same iCloud thanks to the Universal Clipboard.

    We wrote more about the operation of this function and the activation method in this article.

    All screenshots are saved on the desktop by default in the format “Screenshot YYYY-MM-DD in HH.MM.SS” (Screenshot. date. time). Both path and name can be changed using terminal commands.

    We wrote about how to change the path by which screenshots will be created in this article.

    To change the default name, enter the following command in a terminal and press Return (Enter):

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture name “any name”; killall SystemUIServer

    You can return the name to its original state with the command:

    Defaults delete com.Apple.Screencapture name; killall SystemUIServer

    To remove the shadow cast by the window run the following command:

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture disable-shadow.Bool true; killall SystemUIServer

    Return to the initial state is carried out by the command:

    Defaults delete com.Apple.Screencapture disable-shadow; killall SystemUIServer

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    How to edit a screenshot on macOS Mojave and newer

    After taking a screenshot, its thumbnail will appear in the lower right corner. Click on it to start the “Layout” mode.

    Markup can also be launched by right-clicking on the screenshot thumbnail and Selecting Markup from the context menu.

    Use the Markup toolbar to draw, write, select, add shapes, insert text, label, rotate, or select text styles using the toolbar at the top of the Quick View.

    Click “Finish” to save changes.

    How to take a screenshot of an entire web page in a browser

    The standard utility for taking screenshots and shortcuts are only good if you want to capture information within the display frames. It is NOT rarely necessary to take a screenshot of a web page with m going far down. In this case, we recommend using the free FireShot extension for Google Chrome (it’s time to get used to the fact that the most delicious extensions are not available in Safari).

    After installation, click on the extension icon and select one of the available screenshot options:

    • Entire page;
    • Visible area;
    • Region.

    In the end, it remains to edit the points of interest directly in the web form and save the result in a convenient format.

    How to take a screenshot (screenshot) on Mac. 4 ways useful features

    Unlike Windows, macOS, there are several standard ways to take a screenshot Not only of everything that is on the display, but also of SEPARATE areas of the screen. In this article we will tell you with which program you can do this and which Keyboard shortcuts to use.

    How to set a timer to take screenshots in macOS Mojave and later

    Open the Screenshot program using any of the above methods.

    Click “Options”.

    To set the timer, select “5 seconds” or “10 seconds”, to disable, select the option “Net”.

    How to choose a save location for screenshots and screen recordings in macOS Mojave and later

    Although you can choose from a limited set of locations to save screenshots and recordings after they have been taken, in the new version of the OS you can also make a default choice.

    Open Screenshot program (Finder → Applications → Screenshot, through Spotlight search, Launchpad or press ⌘Cmd ⇧Shift 5 on your keyboard on your keyboard to open the screen toolbar.

    Click the “Options” button on the panel that appears at the bottom of the screen.

    Select “Desktop”, “Documents”, “Clipboard”, “Mail”, “Messages” or “Preview” in “Save to” to set the save location.

    How to show the mouse cursor in screenshots in macOS Mojave and later

    Open the Screenshot program using any of the above methods.

    Click “Options”.

    Click Show Mouse Cursor.

    How to take a screenshot using Screenshot (macOS High Sierra and earlier)

    After launching the Screenshot application (the program can be found by following the path Finder → Applications → Screenshot, through the Spotlight or Launchpad search), in the menu bar, go to the Screenshot tab and select one of the available screenshot options:

    • Selection (shortcut Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) A)
    • Delay Screen (Command (⌘) Shift (⇧) Z).

    How to take a screenshot using the “Screenshot” program on macOS Mojave and newer (for second versions of macOS, instructions below)

    Screenshot is a standard utility for taking screenshots. Forget Windows PrintScreen and Paint. Apple made everything simple and elegant.

    Open Screenshot. The application can be found by going to Finder → Applications → Utilities → Screenshot, via Spotlight search or Launchpad.

    Starting with macOS Mojave, the Screenshot application can also be launched with the shortcut ⌘Cmd ⇧Shift 5 on the keyboard.

    The application attracts with its ease of use and compactness. After launch, a toolbar appears at the bottom of the screen.

    Select one of the following options (screenshot above): Full Screen Snapshot, Selected Window Snapshot, or Selected Area Snapshot.

    If you select “Capture Full Screen” you will immediately get a screenshot if you do not set a timer.

    Click on the box or mark a portion of the screen if you selected one of the remaining options. Your screenshot will be taken immediately after selection.

    If necessary, right-click on the resulting screenshot thumbnail in the lower right corner to open the context menu.

    Use the context menu to choose where to save the screenshot, as well as send, edit, show in Finder, delete or Flag it.

    How to take a screenshot in Windows 10

    Even if you know perfectly well how screenshots are taken, I am almost sure that in this article you will find some new ways for you to take a screenshot in Windows 10, and without using third-party programs: only by the means offered by Microsoft.

    For beginners: a screenshot of the screen or its area can be useful if you need someone to demonstrate something depicted on it. It is an image (snapshot) that you can save on your disk, send by email to social networks, use in documents, etc.

    Note: to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 tablet without a physical keyboard, you can use the Win key combination volume down button.

    Game bar Win G

    In Windows 10, when you press the Win G key combination in full-screen programs, the game bar opens, allowing you to record screen video, and, if necessary, take a screenshot using the corresponding button on it or a key combination (by default, Win Alt Print Screen).

    If such a panel does not open for you, check the settings of the standard XBOX application, this function is controlled there, plus it may NOT work if your video card is not supported or drivers are not installed for it.

    A new way to take a screenshot in Windows 10

    Windows 10 Update 1703 (April 2017) introduced an additional way to take a screenshot. the WinShiftS keyboard shortcut. When you press THESE keys, the screen is shaded, the mouse pointer changes to a “cross” and with the help of it, while holding the left mouse button, you can select any rectangular area of ​​the screen, a screenshot of which you need to take.

    And in Windows October 1809 (October 2018), this method was even more updated and now it is a tool “Slice and Sketch”, which allows you to create, among other things, screenshots of an arbitrary area of ​​the screen and perform their simple editing. Read more about this method in the instructions: How to use a snippet to take screenshots of Windows 10.

    After the mouse button is released, the Selected area of ​​the screen is placed on the clipboard and can be inserted in a graphical editor or in a document.

    Screenshot program “Scissors

    Windows 10 has a standard Scissors program that allows you to easily create screenshots of areas of the screen (or the entire screen), including with a delay, edit them and save them in the desired format.

    To launch the Scissors application, find it in the All Programs list, or, more simply, start typing the application name in the search.

    After launch, you have the following options:

    • Clicked on the arrow in the “Create” item, you can choose what kind of picture you want to take. random shape, rectangle, whole screen.
    • In the “hold” item you can set to delay the screenshot for a few seconds.

    After the snapshot is created, a window with this screenshot will open, to which you can add one or another annotation with a pen and a marker, erase any information and, of course, save (in the file-save as menu) as an image file required format (PNG, GIF, JPG).

    Print Screen key and combinations with its participation

    The first way to take a screenshot of the desktop or program window in Windows 10 is to use the Print Screen key, which on a computer or laptop keyboard is usually located in the upper right part and may have an abbreviated signature, for example, PrtScn.

    When you press it, a screenshot of the entire screen is placed on the clipboard (i.e., in memory), which you can then paste using the standard CtrlV key combination (or the menu of any program Edit. Paste) into a Word document, as an image into a graphics editor Paint for later saving the picture and in almost any other programs that support working with images.

    If you use the Alt Print Screen key combination, then the clipboard will not capture the entire screen, but only the active program window.

    And the last option: if you do NOT want to deal with the clipboard, but want to take a screenshot immediately as an image, then in Windows 10 you can use the Win key combination (key with the OS logo) Print Screen. After clicking it, the screenshot will be immediately saved to the Pictures. Screenshots folder.

    Microsoft Snip Editor

    About a month ago, as part of its Microsoft Garage project, the company introduced a new free program for working with screenshots in the latest versions of Windows. Snip Editor.

    In terms of functionality, the program is similar to the Scissors mentioned above, but it adds the ability to create audio annotations to screenshots, intercepts the Print Screen key press in the system, automatically starting the creation of a screenshot of the screen area and simply has, perhaps, a more pleasant interface (by the way, to a greater extent suitable for touch devices than the interface of second similar programs, in my opinion).

    At the moment, Microsoft Snip has only an English-language version of the interface, but if you are interested in trying something new and interesting (and also if you have a tablet with Windows 10), I recommend it. You can download the program on the Official page (update 2018: no longer available, now everything is the same in Windows 10 using the WinShiftS keys)

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    In this article, I did not mention many third-party programs that also allow you to take screenshots and have advanced functions at the same time (Snagit, Greenshot, Snippy, Jing, and many others). Perhaps I will write about this in a separate article. On the other hand, you can already look at the software just mentioned (I tried to mark the best representatives).

    Vlad Gorokhovsky

    A screenshot on a Mac can be made using standard system tools. You don’t need to install any additional applications. Now I will tell you how to take photo and video screenshots using macOS Mojave as an example.

    Modifier keys

    There are a number of modifier keys available in macOS that you can use when selecting a capture area. To use a modifier, you must hold down and hold the corresponding key.

    • Spacebar. fixes the size of the selected area, and when moving;
      the pointer moves the entire selected area instead of resizing;
    • Shift. allows you to change only one of the sizes of the selected area;
    • Option. the area will resize symmetrically to the selected center.

    How to remove shadow from a screenshot

    By default, all screenshots are taken with a slight shadow around the entire outline. You can remove the shadow with the following commands:

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture disable-shadow.Bool true

    Return the shadow back:

    Defaults delete com.Apple.Screencapture disable-shadow

    Screenshot taken with shadow and no shadow

    How to take a screenshot on Mac

    A screenshot on a Mac can be made using standard system tools. You don’t need to install any additional applications. Now I will tell you how to take photo and video screenshots using macOS Mojave as an example.

    How to choose a screenshot format

    By default, macOS stores screenshots in PNG format. But you can change this format to any other.

    To save screenshots in JPG, execute the commands in the terminal:

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture type jpg

    In addition to JPG and PNG, macOS also supports: tiff, pdf, bmp and pict.

    Basic keyboard shortcuts

    Cmd Shift 3. take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to the Desktop;
    Cmd Shift 4. select an area of ​​the screen, take a screenshot of it and save it to the Desktop;
    Cmd Shift 4 followed by a spacebar. makes it possible to select a specific window, take a snapshot and save it to the Desktop;
    Cmd Shift 5. will bring up a small menu where you can clearly see all the features of the built-in screenshots. From here you can also record a video demonstration of the screen;

    All these combinations can also be used with the Ctrl key. In this case, instead of saving to the Desktop, the picture will be immediately saved to the clipboard.

    All screenshots are saved to the Desktop

    Location of Mac screenshots

    By default, screenshots are saved to the Desktop, which quickly creates clutter and is in no way suitable for those who follow the Mac minimalist principles.

    It is best to create a separate folder for them:

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture location

    / Pictures. the path to the new folder.

    Return screenshots back to Desktop:

    Defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture location

    Vlad Gorokhovsky

    Editor. I am writing about software and gadgets that interest me. Making KeyKey Keyboard Trainer for Mac.

    How to optimize screenshots

    If you are going to publish screenshots somewhere in a blog or forum, then it is better to optimize their size before publishing. This will load them faster.

    For PNG optimization use ImageOptim. And for JPG. JPEGmini.

    How to take a screenshot on MacBook: keyboard shortcuts

    By combining them, users of laptop PCs of the American manufacturer can get the desired result. So you can shoot everything that is on the MacBook display in its entirety, part of it, or take a screenshot of a specific window. The need for such actions when working on a computer appears almost at the same frequency. details on how to do this.

    Where screenshots are saved

    According to the system settings, screenshots are sent to the desktop. If there are enough of them, it makes no sense to keep so many images there. The capabilities of the operating system allow you to store files in a convenient location for the owner. How to take screenshots on MacBooks (for example, for APPLE A1932 MacBook Air 13 “) and send wherever you want? Change laptop settings and manually select a resource for storing screenshots.

    Separate window

    To take a screenshot of a MacBook picture, you must use a set of keys:

    • “Command”.
    • “Shift”.
    • Number “4”.

    After, you need to click on the “Space” button on the keyboard. Instead of the cursor, something will appear in the form of a camera, which should be pulled up to the necessary window and click on the left mouse button.

    In full screen

    The entire space is captured by the following combination:

    • “Command”.
    • “Shift”.
    • Number “3”.

    If the process was successful, the system will notify you with a sound signal, which is similar to the click of a camera. The result of photographing in the form of a file document will be savings on the desktop with the png extension.

    Skitch program

    How to take a screenshot on a MacBook Air or another laptop of a company from Cupertino, and then edit it with convenient software tools? Use Skitch, a free utility that isn’t limited to snapshots. The software also allows editing photos. The set of tools is enough for the most common manipulations:

    • Cut Required Part.
    • Change size.
    • Fill in the text box.
    • Insert geometric figures, arrows, markers.
    • Select text.
    • Sketch the unnecessary part.

    In addition, you can shoot a specific location or the entire screen, and use a timer. Among the disadvantages. it is impossible to get a picture of a separate window.

    How to take a photo with software

    If you need to edit an image made with MacOS, you will have to resort to other software. It is advisable to choose the one in which there is already the possibility of instant correction of images at the output. This option makes it easier to take a screenshot of the screen on a MacBook and make edits to it.

    Fragment of the display

    How to take a screenshot of a part of the screen on a MacBook? The same method as last time. you can’t do without:

    • “Command”.
    • “Shift”.
    • Number “4”.

    A cross-shaped adapter in the shape of a sight needs to outline the graphic space that you want to photograph. By removing your finger from the mouse, Screen Saving is called.

    How to choose a folder to save a screenshot

    To save images from another location, you should:

    • Decide on a place (choose the right folder) that will serve as a storage, or form another.
    • Next, designate the addresses of the location. To do this, you need to print this text: “defaults write com.Apple.Screencapture location

    / Documents / Screenshots killall SystemUIServer “.

    But those who do not like to take so much time will have to find the folder icon created specifically for storing screenshots, grab it with the mouse cursor and move it to the terminal line. Everything else will be done automatically.

    Learn more: Why MAC?


    How else can you take a screenshot on a MacBook? You can get the look of a web page, a patch, or an entire screen with the free LittleSnapper utility. The program creates a collection of screenshots.

    The user also has access to:

    • Adding tags;
    • Setting ratings;
    • Writing comments;
    • Easy editing. adding texts, shapes, arrows, etc.

    How to take a screenshot of the screen on an ASUS laptop or computer

    A screenshot is a screenshot of a monitor or laptop, which can be saved in png or jpeg format. This can be done using the standard features of the Windows operating system, or by installing additional programs. This article will describe how to take a screenshot on an asus laptop in all possible ways.

    Standard options for taking screenshots

    It is possible to take a screenshot of a laptop screen without third-party software on any Windows operating system. This action can be done in three ways. Let’s consider each of them.

    Using keys “win” “PrtSc”

    Inexperienced users of Windows 7 and other modifications should be advised that the “win” key is a button with a drawn flag located in the bottom row of the keyboard. To create a screen, do the following: press both keys simultaneously; open “This computer” (the shortcut is located on the desktop), in a new window, go to the “Pictures” folder, and open the “Screenshots” folder. After following these steps, you will find a print screen in png format.

    Using the “PrtSc” key and the “Paint” graphic editor

    At the right moment, press the “PrtSc” key, the snapshot is already in the clipboard. To open “Paint” on your computer you need:

    • Click on “Start”;
    • Select the item “All programs”;
    • In the new list, look for and go to the “Standard” section;
    • Click on the “Paint” icon.

    In the opened graphic editor, insert a box. pressed the combination “Ctrl” “V”. The image can be edited and then saved in one of the proposed options. To do this, go to the “File” section, select the “Save As” item, specifying the name of the screenshot and the format for saving.

    By selecting the “Scissors” function

    This feature is not available only on Windows 10, but also on previous Microsoft operating systems. The peculiarity is that by choosing this tool, you can make a screen NOT of the entire laptop screen completely, but only of the specified area. The Scissors tool is located in the same section as the Paint editor and is easy to find. Having selected this tool and pressed “Create” in the menu that appears, the cursor will turn into a cross, with which you need to draw a rectangle around the area you want to screen. Next, the program will prompt you to select the address to save the snapshot.

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    Most used screenshot programs

    All programs described below will be installed without problems on asus laptops with Windows 7 and higher.


    It will be convenient if, after installing this program, you leave it in the startup list. by default, it goes there automatically. This will save time: there is no need to look for a shortcut to launch and minimize open windows of second programs. To take a screenshot of the laptop screen, you just need to press “PrtSc”. With the cursor, you can select the desired area or the entire screen. In the same window there will be a menu with which you can save the box to the hard disk of your PC. It is also possible to upload a snapshot to a remote server: the program will provide a link to your screenshot, which can be inserted into the text or sent to the required address. All features of this software are free.

    Ashampoo snap

    It is more advanced than the competition. Taking clear screenshots is not the main function of this program. Ashampoo Snap also allows you to recognize the text on the captured screenshot. The picture can be edited thanks to a wide range of functions: color correction, free drawing. Chests can open a web page from the top of it and at the bottom, and not just a fragment that fits on the screen. But the main feature is the video recording function. The captured video can be edited using the built-in functionality of this program.

    Unlike LightShot, this software is paid, but has a trial period with a limited number of functions.

    There are a huge number of programs on the Internet that you can use to take a screenshot of your laptop. It makes no sense to describe all of them, because the main functions are similar.

    Analyzing all the described methods, we can conclude: Windows operating systems Provide convenient functionality for creating screenshots, and with infrequent use of this feature, there is a need to install additional software on a laptop or personal computer. Programs for creating screenshots are suitable for those users who need additional functionality, for example, quickly uploading a picture to social networks, editing a picture to save it, uploading it to a remote server in order to get a link.

    Via keyboard shortcut

    In Windows 8 and 10, you can take a screenshot using the Win Print Screen keyboard shortcut. The image is immediately saved to the Screenshots folder.

    To do this, press the Windows key and, Do not release it, the Print Screen key.

    Now open the Pictures folder. There will be a folder called “Screenshots”, and inside your photo.

    And in Windows 10, using the Win Shift S keyboard shortcut, you can launch “Sketch on a screen”. This is an enhanced version of the Scissors app. There are more editing tools.

    In the program Scissors

    The Snipping Tool is a special software for taking screenshots. It is initially available in Windows 7, 8 and 10 (but not in all editions).

    You can open “Scissors” in the same way as Paint: Start → Accessories. Windows → Scissors.

    Or by typing the word scissors directly into the open Start menu.

    This is how the program window looks like:

    Click on the “Create” button. The screen will fog up. Hold down the left mouse button and select the part you want to photograph. After you release the mouse button, the image will be added to the program window.

    Recording an image to a computer is the same as in Paint (see above).

    On a note. Some Windows editions do not include the Scissors program. Therefore, if you did NOT find it on your computer, it means that it is initially absent in your system. Use instead one of those programs that I talk about at the end of the article.

    How to take a screenshot

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to take a screenshot (screenshot) on a computer and laptop. We will learn how to photograph the screen in whole or in part.

    Drawer on PC and laptop

    Screenshot is a screenshot, a photograph of what a person sees on a computer.

    To create such photos, there is a special Print Screen button on the keyboard. It can also be called Prt Scr, PrtScr, Prt Sc, PrtScn or PrntScrn.

    After clicking on it, nothing will happen. no Clicks, no flashes. But the photographed screen will be fixed in the PC memory. For this snapshot to appear, it must be inserted into an imaging program. For example, in Paint.

    The most popular way to take screenshots:

    • Press the Print Screen button on the keyboard.
    • Open Paint program.
    • Insert a snapshot into it.
    • Save on computer.

    But there are other ways too. I will tell you more about each below.

    Screenshot services

    To create screenshots, you can use special services on the Internet: pastenow.Ru, makescreen.Ru, snipboard.Io and others. They have editing tools: crop, rotate, print text, arrow, line, shapes.

    How to take a screenshot via the service:

    • I will take a picture of the screen by pressing the Print Screen key. Or just one active window by pressing Alt Print Screen.
    • Go to the site pastenow.Ru and paste the image by pressing Ctrl V.
    • If necessary, edit the picture and save it: right-click on the photo. “Save Image As”.

    Also, the photo will be available via the link. it is indicated in the field “URL of this page”.

    On a note. To send screenshots over the Internet, it is better to use the site prnt.Sc. Upload an image and get a short link. using it, the frame will be available to everyone on the Internet. This link can be sent by mail, through a social network or messenger, published on the website / forum.

    In Paint

    Let’s take a look at how to make a screen using Paint. This is the most popular method because Paint is on every computer.

    Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. There is no need to hold it. just press once and release. It happens that on a laptop you need to press two keys at once: Fn and Print Screen.

    Open “Start” and at the end of the list select “Accessories. Windows”. And from it select Paint.

    You can also type paint directly in the open Start menu and launch the application.

    Insert a snapshot. To do this, click on the “Insert” button at the top left.

    The screen photo will be added to the program window.

    Edit the photo if necessary.

    Since the resulting photo is larger than the program window, it usually goes beyond Paint. Its scale can be reduced through the slider in the lower right corner.

    To trim excess Use the Select tool. Click on it and while holding the left mouse button select the part of the image that you want to keep. It should be indicated by a dotted line.

    Then click on the “Crop” button at the top.

    Zoom in to 100% using the bottom right slider. Thus, you will see a real picture of what happened.

    Save the result to your computer.

    To do this, click on the button “File” at the top and select “Save As.”.

    A save window will appear. Go through it to the folder on the computer where you want to place the image. For example, if you want to add it to the Desktop, then in the list on the left, select “Desktop”.

    In the File name box, type a name for the snapshot. It is usually named “Nameless” by default. You can print a number instead.

    Change the file format in the lower field if necessary. In most cases, PNG or JPG is fine.

    Then click “Save”.

    The screenshot will be recorded in the place and under the name that you specified when saving it (see the previous paragraph). This will be a regular file-Photos that can be written to a USB flash drive, sent by mail, published on social networks, etc.

    On a note. If you need to take a snapshot of only one window that is open at the moment, press the Alt and Print Screen key combination.

    Screenshot software

    There are also separate applications for taking screenshots. They are handy when you need to take pictures frequently. Next, I will briefly talk about the Most convenient free programs.

    Lightshot ( simple, compact. Has editing tools: line, arrow, frame, pencil and marker, adding text. Allows you to upload a file to the prnt.Sc website and get a link.

    Pick Pick (picpick.App) is not only a screen photo, but also a full-fledged graphic editor. Large set of tools: lines, shapes, arrows, text, frame, shadow, blur, watermark, brightness adjustment and others. You can switch the program to Russian as follows: Options. General.Language. Russian.

    • A snapshot of a scrolling window
    • Upload to social networks, suites, cloud
    • Configuring Hot Keys

    Hot Key Screenshot ( suitable for computer games. Quickly takes a picture using the assigned key and saves it to the computer in a special pic folder (located in the program folder). No installation required.

    There are other free apps as well. They are about the same in functionality, but have certain limitations: registration is required, there is a Russian language, support for only certain versions of Windows, etc. There are also paid programs for professional work: Snagit, Movavi Screen Recorder.

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