Taking screenshots of your computer screen is a useful skill for various purposes, such as creating tutorials, documenting errors, or simply sharing a snapshot of your screen with others. In this article, we will cover different methods to create screenshots on Windows and Mac operating systems, along with the use of Chrome and Firefox add-ons.
I. Windows OS
- Print Screen (PrtScn) Key
On your keyboard, press the “PrtScn” key to capture the entire screen. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard, and you can paste it into any image editor (e.g., Microsoft Paint) or document (e.g., Microsoft Word).
- Alt + Print Screen
To capture only the active window, press “Alt + PrtScn.” This will copy the screenshot of the active window to the clipboard, and you can paste it into an image editor or document.
- Snipping Tool / Snip & Sketch
Windows also comes with built-in screenshot utilities:
- Snipping Tool (Windows 7, 8, and 10): Open the Snipping Tool, choose a snip type (e.g., rectangular, free-form), and then click “New” to capture the desired area.
- Snip & Sketch (Windows 10): Press “Win + Shift + S” to open the Snip & Sketch overlay. Select the desired snip type and capture the area you want.
II. Mac OS
- Command + Shift + 3
Press “Command + Shift + 3” to capture the entire screen. The screenshot is saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
- Command + Shift + 4
Press “Command + Shift + 4” to capture a specific area of the screen. Click and drag to select the desired area, and release the mouse button to take the screenshot. The screenshot is saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
- Command + Shift + 4 + Space
Press “Command + Shift + 4,” then press “Space.” This will turn the cursor into a camera icon, allowing you to capture a specific window or menu. Click on the desired window or menu to take the screenshot, which will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
III. Chrome and Firefox Add-ons
- Lightshot (Chrome and Firefox)
Lightshot is a popular browser extension for taking screenshots. Install Lightshot from the Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons website. Once installed, click the Lightshot icon in the toolbar to capture a specific area of the screen. You can also edit, save, or share the screenshot directly from the Lightshot interface.
- Nimbus Screenshot (Chrome and Firefox)
Nimbus Screenshot is another versatile extension for taking screenshots. Install Nimbus from the Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons website. Click the Nimbus icon in the toolbar and choose your desired capture method (e.g., entire page, visible part of the page, selected area). You can also edit, save, or share the screenshot directly from the Nimbus interface.
Creating screenshots on Windows and Mac operating systems is simple, with various built-in methods and keyboard shortcuts available. In addition, browser extensions like Lightshot and Nimbus Screenshot offer more advanced features and seamless integration with Chrome and Firefox. Choose the method that best suits your needs and start capturing screenshots with ease.