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How to Take a Screenshot

How to Take a Screenshot (Sample)
How to Take a Screenshot (Sample)

If you have read even a few online tutorials, you have likely seen screenshots similar to the sample above. Although there are many uses for screenshots, tutorials are one of the most common uses.

What is a screenshot?

A screenshot, screen dump, or screen capture is an image taken by the computer to record the visible items on the monitor or another visual output device. Usually this is a digital image taken by the host operating system or software running on the computer device, but it can also mean when a capture is made by an external device. Wikipedia

Wikipedia provides excellent tutorials for learning how to take a screenshot. I do want to add that you can paste screenshots into almost any image editor, not just those listed in the tutorials.

As an alternative, those of you who have Firefox installed on your computer, will want to download ScreenGrab. This Firefox add-on can be set to give you a screenshot of the entire page, rather than just the part that shows in the window. (Download this add-on while using Firefox to install it automatically.) Once the tool is downloaded, you will be able to take a screenshot by simply right clicking on the page and selecting one of ScreenGrab options.

If you own Paint Shop Pro, there is a screen capture feature built right into the program. From the menu within the program, select: File > Import > Screen Capture > Setup and enter your preferences. You will also see a help button for more information.

J. Cricket Walker

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