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Boost your computer know-how with these Howcast videos, which address frequently asked questions about how to use both PCs and Macs.
You Will Need
- A computer
- An open computer window or file
Open the window or file on a PC
On a Windows PC, open the window or file you want to capture and make sure it is the "active" window on your monitor.
Press the Print Screen button
Press the Print Screen button on the top right corner of your keyboard to take a picture of your entire screen.
Open a graphics program
Open a graphics or word processing program. Hold down the Control key and press the V key to paste the screenshot into your chosen program.
Save the file
Choose File on the top menu bar and click on Save As. Locate the file where you would like to save the screenshot in the Save As window, name the file, and save it.
Take a screenshot on a Mac
On a Mac, hold down Shift, Command and the number 3 to take a picture of your entire screen. A file will automatically save to your desktop.
Take a shot of part of the screen
Hold down Shift, Command, 4 to take a picture of an area of the screen. Hold down the mouse button, run the select tool over the area you'd like to shoot, and let go. A file will save to your desktop. Find the screenshot file on your desktop, and change its name and location if you wish.
Attach screenshots to e-mail, print them out, or insert them into documents, just as you would with any other digital file.