Your Guide to Taking Screenshots

  • 31-07-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

There are times when you really need to preserve what you’re seeing on your smartphone or PC screen for future reference. That’s where screenshotting kicks in. As a matter of fact, you can capture a screenshot on literally any device that has a screen. The only difference is in the method. There are exceptions when you need to install a third-party app or extension for taking screencaps. It won’t take up much of your time, though. In this cross-gadget guide, we’ll let you in on how to sort out screenshotting the right way. Stay tuned. 

Screenshotting via Android Phones & Tablets

Need to save what you’re seeing on your Android smartphone screen? We’ve got you covered. Follow these easy steps:

1. Hit Power and Volume Down simultaneously.
2. Hit the preview in the bottom left section of your screen if sharing the image is needed.
3. Edit the resulting pic whenever necessary right after capturing it. This feature is exceptionally intuitive. 

This method works on most Android phones, so chances are it’ll work on yours, as well. Good luck giving it a go!

Screenshotting Via Your iPhone & iPad

When it comes to iPhones and iPads, the methods of capturing screenshots may differ. Screenshotting-wise, Apple gadgets fall into two categories: the ones with a home button and those without it. The former category requires hitting the home button and side button simultaneously to capture the needed on-screen image, while the latter requires a simultaneous side button and the volume up a button press.

Screencapping on Windows

Craving to take a screencap on Windows? It’s easy. Make the most of Snipping Tool, which comes with a treasure trove of customization possibilities. You can take the screencap of your entire screen, a required window, a rectangular section, or a custom-form area. Furthermore, setting a delay timer for up to ten seconds is also possible with this tool. The resulting JPG pics will be stored in your Downloads folder.

Feel free to launch the aforementioned tool either using the keyboard shortcut or by finding it in your taskbar. The former method will restrict the delay timer function and comes with an overall simplified menu.

Follow these steps to capture your on-screen must-haves via Windows Snipping Tool:

1. Press Windows Key + Shift + S.
2. Customize the pic to your needs.
3. Archive the file or continue to edit it.

In case you’re not too pleased with the Windows integrated screenshotting features, there are excellent 3rd-party screenshot apps for this operating system. Lightshot, Greenshot, and Snagit are just a few of the apps that are definitely worth giving a try.

Screenshotting on Mac

Full-screen, rectangular area, and a single window. These three options are available to you when it comes to screenshotting on macOS. The former option will require you to press a Shift + Command + 3 combination. Rectangular area-wise, press Shift + Command + 4 combo to get the screenshotting going. Single window-wise, press Shift + Command + 4 + Spacebar to achieve the needed result.

Screenshotting and Editing Go Hand in Hand

Upon taking a screencap on every major device in your home, you’ll most likely need to edit the resulting files. Naturally, screenshotting and editing are good friends, and now that you’re familiar with the former, it’s time to start exploring the latter extensively. Have anything to add on the topic? Have questions or suggestions for us? Feel free to speak up in the comment section below. We appreciate your opinion greatly. Don’t forget to add this page to your favorites for further updates on screencap editing. See ya soon!