A screen image (screen clipping, screenshot, screen dump or print screen) is actually quite similar to taking a photo of (a piece of) your screen. It may be useful to show someone what you see on your screen, for example, if a certain error message is displayed. Furthermore, you can also use it to send an extract from a document, instead of the whole document.
How to make a screenshot depends on the type of operating system you use.
Windows | Mac
- Your computer keyboard contains a key ‘Print Screen’ or ‘Prt Scn’ (or a similar abbreviation).
- When you click on it, it will seem as if nothing happens, but that is normal. You can now open Word or Paint.
- Then simultaneously press the buttons CTRL and V. The image on your screen now appears in Paint or Word.
- Then you can save, cut, edit, send, etc. the image.
Windows also has a lot of cutting programs which allow you to select and save (a part of) the web page.
Mac has no specific button to create an image of your screen, but there are several methods to do so anyway.
- By pressing the key combination Command ⌘ + Shift + 3 an image of your entire screen is made, which is then saved to a file on your desktop.
- If you only want to select and save a certain area, use Command ⌘ + Shift + 4.
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