How to Capture Screen Images in Under a Minute


The interest in screenshots has increased steadily since 2009. And it’s no secret that we’re big fans of screen capture and screenshots here at TechSmith.

Interest in the term screenshot has risen since 2009

Screenshots (also known as a screen grab or screen capture) are great to grab images from web pages, capture desktop applications, and create program how-tos.

And believe it or not, one of the biggest questions we get is: How do I capture a screenshot?

Well, there are a lot of built-in programs and free tools these days to capture your screen. But, if you need to take a lot of screenshots and want more flexibility and robust tools, Snagit is a great option.

One of the best parts of capturing your screen with Snagit is that you can show people exactly what you’re seeing on your desktop. Today, I’ll show you how to capture screen images (on PC and Mac) in under a minute.

The complete guide on how to capture screen images

Here are all the types of screen capture we will cover in this guide:

  1. How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (Windows | Mac)
  2. How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (Windows | Mac)
  3. How to take a screenshot of a window (Windows | Mac)
  4. How to take a screenshot of a menu (Windows | Mac)

Feel free to use the quick links to jump to the section that you are most interested in.

The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install your screen capture software.

If you don’t already have Snagit, you can download it for free and try the software for 15 days. Snagit works on both Windows and Mac. So no matter what platform you use it will work on your system. You can capture your entire screen or only a selected portion of it. The screenshot automatically opens in the Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

How to take a screenshot on Windows

These methods work with different versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 8 and Windows 10.

How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (on Windows)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or Press PrtScn (Print Screen).

Step 2. Once the orange crosshairs appear, click the Fullscreen button to capture the entire screen.

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How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (on Windows)

Step 1: Open the Capture window.

In the Notifications area, click the red TechSmith Snagit icon to open the Capture window on the screen. If you’re in the Snagit editor, click the Capture button in the toolbar to bring up the Capture window.

Step 2: Choose your screen capture settings.

The Capture window gives you a lot of flexibility depending on what type of screen capture you want to take. Grab your entire desktop, a region, or a window with Snagit’s All-in-One Capture®. Take a quick image screenshot, or even record a video.

Step 3: Click the Capture button.

Click the Capture button on any tab in the Capture window to start your screen capture. You can also start a capture with the current settings by pressing PrtScn (Print Screen), which is the default global capture hotkey. You can also customize and change the global capture hotkey.

Step 4: Click and drag the crosshairs to select part or all of your screen.

How to take a screenshot of a window (on Windows)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or Press PrtScn (Print Screen).

Step 2. Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.

how to capture screenshot of window pc

How to take a screenshot of a menu (on Windows)

Step 1: First, select the Image tab in the Capture window.

Step 2: Next, select Menu in the Selection dropdown.

Step 3: Select the Delay option and set number of seconds for the delay. (Optional)

Step 4: Click the Capture button or press PrtScn (Print Screen).

Step 5: Finally, your countdown will begin. Open the desired menu, and move your cursor over the menu to capture.

how to capture screenshot of menu pc


TIP: Save a Preset

To save the capture settings for future use, select Add Preset dropdown > New preset from current settings.


How to take a screenshot on a Mac

These methods work with different versions of macOS–10.10 (Yosemite), or higher.

How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (on Mac)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.

Step 2. Once the orange crosshairs appear, click the Fullscreen button to capture the entire screen.

how to capture screen fullscreen capture

How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (on Mac)

Step 1: Open the Capture window.

In the menu bar, click the TechSmith Snagit icon to open the Capture window on the screen. If you’re in the Snagit editor, click the Capture button in the toolbar to bring up the Capture window.

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Step 2: Choose your screen capture settings.

The Capture window gives you a lot of flexibility depending on what type of screen capture you want to take. Grab your entire desktop, a region, or a window with Snagit’s All-in-One Capture®. Take quick image screenshots. Or even record videos.

Step 3: Click the capture button.

Click the Capture button on any tab in the Capture window to start your screen capture. You can also start a capture with the current settings by pressing Control-Shift-C, which is the default global capture hotkey. You can also customize and change the global capture hotkey.

Step 4: Click and drag the crosshairs to select part or all of your screen.

how to capture screen with snagit mac

How to take a screenshot of a window (on Mac)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.

Step 2. Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.

how to capture screenshot of window mac

How to take a screenshot of a menu (on Mac)

Step 1: First, select the Image tab in the Capture window.

Step 2: Next, select Menu in the Selection dropdown.

Step 3: Select the Delay option and set number of seconds for the delay. (Optional)

Step 4: Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.

Step 5: Finally, your countdown will begin. Open the desired menu, and move your cursor over the menu to capture.