In this article you’ll know how do you take a screenshot on a PC, and how to crop or edit that image down to size. For instance, guess you were facing an error message on display and required to send to someone (e.g. a tech forum) to see if they could assist. Rather than trying to explain the error message, or typing it and sending it, you could take a screenshot of it, crop to cut down the file size, and then attach the screenshot into your mail. Here’s how to take a screenshot on a computer:
How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 7
First, you have to locate the “Prt Scrn” or “Print Screen” button on your keyboard. This one is normally located on the top right of a typical keyboard, just above the Page Up, Insert and Home keys. However, on a laptop computer, it might be hard to locate the Print Screen button. Look at the extreme top right of your laptop’s keyboard. Not just that, you may have to press down the laptop’s function key before pressing the Prt Scrn button, which is generally seen in the bottom left of the keyboard.
Press the Prt Scrn button once on a desktop computer, or use the Fn Key + Print Screen combo on a laptop keyboard. This will copy whatever is currently being displayed on your computer’s screen to the RAM memory. Then the image can be pasted into an image editor tool, such as MS Paint or MS Picture Manager, for manipulation.
The most commonly used image editing tool is MS Paint. This one has been highly enhanced with Windows 7 and can be found on the Start menu.
When the Paint application opens up, press ctrl + v combo or Paste button seen at the top of the Window.
The screenshot you took on the screen should now appear in the Paint window. If it doesn’t work, it means you haven’t taken the screenshot properly. So try taking the screenshot again by pressing “Prt Scrn” button.
You now wish to separate only that part of the screenshot you needed. Besides, there’s no need of sending anyone the entire image of the screen when you just want to show the error message.
To separate only a part of the image, click the Select option from the toolbar:
Now move your cursor back over the image and you’ll notice the shape of the cursor changed. Now hold down the left mouse button and drag across the area you want to separate from the image.
Once if you finished making the selection, make a right-click on it and a pop-up menu will appear. Select Crop from it, and the image will get cropped as per your selection.
Paint is not so good at processing the cropped area. If you want high-quality screenshots then you’ll need a good image editing application like the Gimp (which is slight hard to use). Photoshop Elements is also a great image editing tool, and is worth spending money.
But for instant screenshots and basic editing jobs, however, Paint is far enough.
Once you done cropping the image, you can save it to your local in different formats like GIF, JPEG or PNG. This is how do you take a screenshot on a PC.
How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 8
Ever wondered “How do I take a screenshot on a PC”? Here’s how. Windows 8 has a much simpler way to capture screenshots. Rather than having to use the “Prnt Scrn” button and then copy it into a picture editing tool (like Paint), you can now automatically capture and save a screenshot to your Pictures folder in .png format by just pressing a combo of buttons. Here’s how:
- Set up the computer’s screen like whatever you want to capture a screenshot of.
- Now press the Windows Key + Prnt Scrn keys combo.
- You can find a new screenshot image in the Pictures library in your computer.