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If prompted, how do I take a screenshot on my computer?
Posted by Anna Wright on 26 September 2014 01:59 PM

Sometimes it's easier to show someone what's on your screen rather than try and explain it. You can take a picture of the screen on a Mac or PC computer so you can save, print, or share what you see. This is referred to as taking a screenshot or screen capture. 

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

  1. Pull up the application, window, or other item you'd like to take a screenshot for.
  2. To capture your entire screen, press Command (⌘)-Shift-3 on your keyboard. The screenshot is added to your desktop.
  3. To capture a specific area of your screen, press Command (⌘)-Shift-4 on your keyboard, and then drag the crosshair pointer to select the area. To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you release the mouse button.

How to Take a Screenshot on a PC

In Windows, when you press the PrtScn key on your keyboard, an image of your screen is copied to the Clipboard. On some keyboards, PrtScn might appear as PRTSC, PRTSCN, or a similar abbreviation.

  1. Pull up the application, window, or other item you'd like to take a screenshot for, press the PrtScn key on your keyboard.
  2. Open Microsoft Word and create a new document. 
  3. Go to Edit > Paste (Ctrl + V) to paste the screenshot you captured into the document.
  4. Go to File > Save to save the document to your computer. You can then email this file to share what you see. 

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