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How to take a screenshot of my screen?


At some point you end up in a situation where it is good to save whats on screen in a file. It might be for documentation but can also be used to show someone an issue you have. This type of image is called screenshot.

Below you will find a few ways of taking and saving a screenshot.

How To - Paint

  1. Press the button called Print Screen to take a screenshot of your whole screen. If you just want to capture the currently selected window you need to press Alt+Print Screen.
  2. Start the application called “Paint” by opening the start menu and typing “paint” then selecting the application called Paint.
  3. Open the menu called “Edit” and select “Paste” or press CTRL+V.
  4. Edit the screenshot to suit your needs.
  5. Save the image by opening the menu “File” and choose “Save As…”. Give the image a descriptive name and select the image format “PNG (*.PNG)“ then click “Save”
  6. Done! Open the file Explorer and doubleclick the image to open it and verify its appearence. You can now send this file through email, homepages or use in documents.

How To - Snipping Tool

  1. Start the application called “Snipping Tool” by opening the start menu and typing “snipping tool” then selecting the application called Snipping Tool. (This is a tool delivered with your windows installation)
  2. To create a screenshot simply click the little arrow next to the button called “New”. Once the list is open, select the one which suits your needs at the time. The following steps will be the same no matter what type you select here.
  3. When you have used the tool you selected you will be presented with an image that contains your selection. This image can be manipulated in this application to write simple texts and/or draw lines or mark certain parts.
  4. If you are satisfied with the image you can save it locally by opening the menu called “File” and selecting “Save As…”. Give the image a descriptive name and click “Save”. This produces a PNG file.
  5. Another option is to send it by email by opening the menu called “File” and selecting “Send To” and when that menu is open selecting either “Email Recipient” or “Email Recipient (as attachment)


Image Format

There are meny image format to choose from when it comes to saving images. Which one you should choose is dependent of what the image contains along with how it will be distributed.

If you image contains a screenshot you should always use the format called PNG . The image format PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is lossless but at the same time offers a good level of compression. This gives relatively small files which is good for digital distribution.

Avoid saving screenshots in the formats BMP or JPEG.

The image format BMP is also lossless but does not compress the image which results in very large files. These files are unsuitable for digital distribution mostly because of their size.

JPEG is an image format which has a high level of compression and degrades the image. It gives us small image files at the cost of quality. If JPEG is used to save screenshots it can cause surfaces of the same colour to show strange effects. It can also give blurry text.

Email, image files and wordprocessors

If you are to distribute the screenshot you just produced through email, either send it directly with the snipping tool or attach it as am attachment. If you use Word or similar software to save the image you add unnecessary data to the file resulting in a larger file. It also requires the receiver to have Word. If you save it as a PNG-file anyone with a webbrowser can view the file.

en/screenshot.txt · Last modified: 2015-08-10 11:16 by cr