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Tech tips: How to take screenshots on Windows, macOS

Here's a list of all the methods you can take a screenshot with on Windows and macOS in a few simple steps without having to download a third-party app.

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Even though the COVID-19 vaccine is here and cases are reducing with every passing day, a lot of us are still working from home or attending virtual classes. The situation will seemingly remain the same for few more months to come. Capturing screenshots at work is one of the most crucial aspects. While many of us know how to take screenshots on mobile phones, capturing screenshots on a laptop or PC is slightly tricky. Steps to take screenshots on Windows and macOS vary as they come with their own set of commands. To make things easy for you at work, today, we have explained a few simple ways to capture screenshots on Windows and macOS. Also Read - Google Play Games arrives on Windows PCs: Check PC requirements, games list

How to take screenshots on Windows

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  • Open the Start Menu and search for “Snipping Tool”.
  • Open the app, which will bring a pop-up offering you with screenshot options like ‘New’, ‘Mode’, ‘Delay’, ‘Cancel’ and ‘Options’.
  • Tap on new, and to take a screenshot in freeform.
  • In the ‘Mode’ option you can select the kind of screenshot shape you want.
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  • Head over to the window you want to take a screenshot off.
  • Tap the ‘PrtScn’ to take a screengrab inside of your clipboard.
  • You can now paste the screengrab onto a software that displays the image like Paint.

Screenshot of a specific portion without snipping tool

  • Tap Windows + Shift + S together.
  • This will bring up a screenshot window, where you will be able to drag the mouse and select the portion you want to screenshot.
  • After this, you can head over to Paint to paste the screenshot from your clipboard.

Directly save the screenshot

  • Tap the Window key + PrtSc button.
  • This will then take the screenshot of the entire screen and store it in the ‘Pictures’ folder under a subfolder called ‘Screenshots’.

For gamers

  • While playing games, gamers can tap the Window key + G, this will bring up a game overlay.
  • Click on the Camera icon.
  • The screenshot will be saved in the ‘Videos’ folder under a subfolder called ‘Captures’.
  • Steam gamers can also tap the F11 button to take a screenshot that can be accessed within the ‘Steam’ folder.
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How to take screenshots on macOS

  • Tap Command+Shift+3 together to take a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • Tap Command+Shift+4 together to take a freeform screenshot.
  • Tap Command+Shift+5 to get a box screenshot.
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  • Published Date: February 11, 2021 6:22 PM IST



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