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How to take a screenshot on Mac and Windows?



Taking a screenshot is a handy feature on both Mac and Windows operating systems. Here's how you can do it on each platform:

On Mac:

  1. Capture the Entire Screen:

  • Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 3 simultaneously. The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

  1. Capture a Specific Area:

  • Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.

  1. Capture a Specific Window:

  • Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4, then press the Spacebar. Your cursor will change to a camera icon. Click on the window you want to capture. The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

On Windows:

  1. Capture the Entire Screen:

  • Press PrtScn (Print Screen) key. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard. You can paste it into an image editor or document.

  1. Capture the Active Window:

  • Press Alt + PrtScn. The screenshot of the currently active window is copied to the clipboard.

  1. Capture a Specific Area (Windows 10 and 11):

  • Press Shift + Windows Key + S. Your screen will dim, and a toolbar will appear. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard.

  1. Using Snipping Tool (Windows 7 and 8) or Snip & Sketch (Windows 10 and 11):

  • Open the Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch application. Choose the type of snip you want (free-form, rectangular, window, or full-screen) and capture the screenshot.

  1. Capture the Entire Screen (Windows 10 and 11):

  • Press Windows Key + Shift + S. The screen will dim, and a toolbar will appear. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard.

Remember, the specific method may vary slightly based on your Windows version. Experiment with these options to find the one that suits your preferences and needs.

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