Anyone can take a quick picture of what is on a computer screen at any time. This is known as "taking a screenshot". A screenshot is just a quick snapshot of what is visible on a screen at a particular instant.
They can be particularly useful for communicating technical issues to support technicians in an email or for inclusion in presentations or training material.
To take a screenshot on a Windows PC, follow the steps outlined below:
- Open the program or window where you wish to take a screenshot.
- Press the PrtScn/SysRq button on your keyboard. This places the contents of the screenshot into your computer’s memory.
- Click the start menu, and go to All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint.
- Once the Paint program opens, either press Ctrl+V on the keyboard or click on the Paste button.
The contents of the screenshot are copied from your computer’s memory into the Paint program.
- To save the file to disk, click on the Save icon or press Ctrl+S.
- Enter an appropriate name for the screenshot. Select the file type png or jpg and click Save.
- The screenshot is saved to your computer and you can now insert it in emails or presentations.
This link describes how to take a screenshot with other devices: http://take-a-screenshot.org/