The Best Way to Take a Screenshot on any Computer

Screen Capture: The Best Way to Take Screenshots

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Do you often need to save or share what you see on your computer screen? While mobile and desktop operating systems offer basic screen capture tools built-in, most have limited functionality.

Do you find that the built-in tools on your devices don’t offer as many functions as you’d like?

That is why there are also third-party apps, like Snagit. It’s the perfect tool for people who take lots of screenshots and need more robust tools than the ones built into their devices. 

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to take a screenshot on both Mac and Windows using built-in tools like the Windows Snipping Tool and third-party programs like Snagit. 

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So whether you need to learn how to capture your screen on your computer or how to take, edit, and annotate screenshots, we’ve got you covered!

How to take a screenshot on PC

To take a screenshot on your Windows  7, Windows 8, Windows 10, or Windows 11 computer, there are several methods you can use.

Capture the whole screen on Windows

To capture an image of your entire screen, simply press the Print Screen button (PrtSc). This will copy the screenshot to your clipboard. You can then open any program that allows you to insert images, such as Paint, Microsoft Word, or PowerPoint, and paste the screenshot by pressing Ctrl-V.

The downside to this method is that it captures everything visible on your monitor. 

If you only want to capture the window you currently have open, you can hold down the PrtSc button at the same time as the Windows key Alt.

Capture parts of the screen on Windows

The Snipping Tool (available on Windows 7 and later versions) allows you to capture a specific area of the screen, as well as add notes and save the image in different formats.

You can open the Snipping Tool by searching for it in the toolbar search. Use the Windows-S shortcut to open Windows search and type in Snipping Tool.

Image of Snipping Tool UI right when you open it.

Just follow the instructions, and take as many screenshots as you need!

How to take a screenshot on Mac

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

Capture the whole screen on Mac

Here are the steps to follow when taking a screenshot on a Mac:

Press the Shift+Cmd+3 to screenshot your full screen. 

Next, you can either click on the preview that appears in the corner of your screen or open the screenshot from your desktop to edit and/or share it.

Capture parts of the screen on Mac

Shift+Cmd+4 turns your mouse into crosshairs. From there, you can select a window or drag and drop the crosshairs, selecting the area you’d like to capture.

Click the command, shift, and 4 button at the same time to take a partial screenshot.

To capture a screenshot on a Mac, press Shift+Cmd+5 simultaneously to open the screenshot tool.

Hotkeys Command Shift 5 opens up the screenshotting tool for a Mac.

With the screenshot tool open, you’ll notice several new options for taking different types of screen captures, including recording the entire screen and recording a portion of the screen.

Expert Tip: If your MacBook has a Touch Bar, you can capture it in your screenshot by pressing Shift+Cmd+6. 

To copy a screenshot of your entire screen to your clipboard you need to press Shift+Cmd+Ctrl+3 at the same time. 

Screen capture using Snagit

With Snagit, you have way more possibilities for capture. The software offers precise capture, image editing, free cloud-sharing, and so much more.

Step 1: Open the capture window

Open Snagit from your menu. If you’re in the Snagit editor, click the Capture button in the toolbar to bring up the Capture window.

Snagit UI with the red capture button.

Step 2: Choose your screen capture settings

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 by using the keyboard shortcut Shift+Cmd+3 or PrtSc keys.

Step 4: Click and drag the crosshairs to selects parts of your screen

Your capture is automatically saved in the Snagit library. Use Snagit and Screencast’s Share Link feature to share your screenshot with anyone!

No matter which method you choose, taking a screenshot should be fast and convenient for you.

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