How to do a screenshot on a pc

A screenshot is an image that captures what appears on your computer screen.

Screenshots can come in handy when trying to explain something to Support, or if you want to blog about something you’ve seen on your computer screen.

No matter what operating system you use, you can make a screenshot in just a few steps.

Windows

  1. Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtScn” or “Print Screen”)
  2. When what you want to capture is displayed on the screen, press the Print Screen key.
  3. Open your favorite image editor (like Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, GIMPshop, Paintshop Pro, Irfanview, and others).
  4. Create a new image, and press CTRL + V to paste the screenshot.
  5. Save your image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file.

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you also have the option of using the built in Snipping Tool.For more information on using the Snipping Tool please see this support doc.

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Mac

Mac users have a couple of options for making a screenshot:

  • To save a screenshot of your entire screen, press CMD + Shift + 3
  • To select a particular area of the screen for your screenshot, press CMD + Shift + 4

Once you press one of the key combinations your screenshot will be saved to the Desktop.

  • Alternatively, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Grab, and choose the desired screenshot type from the Capture menu.

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Linux

    • Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtScn” or “Print Screen”)
    • Alternatively, go to Applications –> Accessories –> Take Screenshot.

  • Save the image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file.

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iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

You can take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in just a couple of steps.

  • Press the Sleep/Wake button at the top or side of your device and the Home button on the front of your device at the same time.
  • The image will automatically be saved to your Photos app. You can then send it via email or upload it to your blog via the WordPress for iOS app.
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Android Phone or Tablet

For the majority of Android devices:

  • Press and hold down the power and Volume-Down buttons together for three seconds.

For Android devices with a physical Home button:

  •  Press and hold the Home and volume-down buttons together for three seconds.

The screenshots can be accessed from the Gallery on your Android device where they can be shared, edited or deleted.

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Chromebook

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to take a screenshot.

Ctrl+ window switcher Take a screenshot of your current window
Ctrl+ Shift+ overview Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture

Once you’ve finished taking a screenshot, you can then retrieve the image file in the Files app. To access the Files app, click the apps list button in the launcher, then click the Files icon.

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Sharing your screenshot

Once you have taken your screenshot using one of the above methods, you can use it as you would any image. For example, you can:

Try these methods:

1. Use Snagit to take a screenshot

To take a screenshot on your Dell computer, we recommend using Snagit.

Snagit is a screenshot program with image editing and screen recording. You can use it to take a screenshot quickly, you can edit the screenshot easily with its advanced image editing tools, and you can even capture videos.

Taking a screenshot with Snagit takes just a few clicks:

  1. Download and install Snagit.
  2. Run and sign in the program, then click the Capture button.
  3. Hover over windows or regions to auto-select the area, then click it to capture the area. Or click and drag to select a custom area.
  4. Click the camera icon on the toolbar to save your screenshot as an image.
  5. Edit your image on the pop-up Snagit Editor. You can add shapes, text, effects, or make adjustments to your image.
  6. Save your image. Or click the Share button in the upper right corner to share it.

    You can only try the full version of Snagit for 15 days. You’ll need to purchase it when the free trial is over.

2. Take a screenshot with the Windows screenshot feature

You can choose this option if you only need to take a simple screenshot on your Dell computer, and edit the image manually. 

I. Take a screenshot of the whole screen

To take a screenshot of the whole screen of your Dell laptop or desktop:

  1. Press the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard (to capture the entire screen and save it to the clipboard on your computer). If your Print Screen key has “Print Screen” or “PrtScn” located under another line of text, you should hold down the Fn key on your keyboard before pressing the Print Screen key.
  2. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “paint“. Then open the Paint application in the results. (Or you can open the graphics editing program you would like to use.)
  3. Paste the screenshot to the program (press the Ctrl and V keys on your keyboard at the same time).
  4. Click Save to save the screenshot as an image on your computer.

That’s it. You have taken a screenshot of the whole screen and saved it on your Dell computer.

If you’re on Windows 8/10, there’s a simpler method:
  1. Press the Windows logo or Win key and the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard at the same time. (Your screen will dim for a moment.)
  2. Open File Explorer (press the Windows logo key and E on your keyboard at the same time), then go to This PC > Pictures > Screenshots (C:\Users\[YOUR NAME]\Pictures\Screenshots) and you’ll find the screenshot you’ve taken there. 
Take a screenshot on a Dell tablet

If you are using a Dell Windows tablet computer, you can press the Windows button and the volume down (-) button on your tablet at the same time to take a screenshot of the whole screen.

II. Take a screenshot of an active window

You can also take a screenshot of the active window (the window currently on the top and in use) on your Dell computer. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Press the Alt key and the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard at the same time (to capture the active window and save it to the clipboard on your computer). If your Print Screen key has “Print Screen” or “PrtScn” located under another line of text, you should hold down the Fn key on your keyboard before pressing the Print Screen key.
  2. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “paint“. Then open the Paint application in the results. (Or you can open the graphics editing program you would like to use.)
  3. Paste the screenshot into the program (press the Ctrl and V keys on your keyboard at the same time).
  4. If the canvas size is larger than your image, click Crop to crop the canvas.
  5. Click Save to save the screenshot as an image on your computer.

The active window is now captured and saved to your computer.

III. Take a custom screenshot

Snipping Tool is a Windows built-in screenshot tool. You can use it to capture your screen and do some simple editing. To do so:

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “snip“. Then click Snipping Tool in the list of results.
  2. On Snipping Tool, click New.
  3. Click and drag your mouse across the region of your screen you’re going to select. Then release the mouse button.
  4. Click the Save Snip icon to save the screenshot.

The screenshot will be saved to the place you choose.

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