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Here's how to take a screen shot

Posted by Kevin Fouche on Jan 27, 2014
Kevin Fouche

Here at Pixel Fish, we’re all about making your life easier and helping your business run more smoothly.

So we’ve collected the best information from all over the web to show you how to take a screen shot on any device. Here how to take a screen shot.

Here's how to take a screen shot

The primary reason you might need to use a screen shot on your Pixel Fish site is as a featured image. If, for example, you would like to set a featured image for a video post, you will need to grab a still image from the video.

The following is a collection of information to instruct you on how to turn something you see on your screen into an image you can place on your website.

How to take a screen shot in Microsoft Windows OS

For Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. 

You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip. Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialogue box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen.

After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Clipboard and the mark-up window. From the mark-up window, you can annotate, save, or share the snip. The following procedures explain how to use Snipping Tool.

To capture a snip

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Capture a snippet

To save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, click the Save Snip button in the mark-up window.
  2. In the Save As dialogue box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location where to save the snip, and then click Save.
Help & How-To, windows.microsoft.com


How to take a screen shot in Mac OS

Mac OS Keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area with cross-hair: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
Mac Guides, www.macrumors.com 


How to take a screen shot on an iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Simultaneously hold down the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons, then release them together.

You'll hear the same shutter snap sound the iPhone makes when you use the built-in camera to take a photo, and you'll find the snapshot in the Photos app --in the Camera Roll album on iPhone and in Saved Photos on iPad and iPod touch.

You can then use the Share button on your device to send it directly via email or MMS or even upload it to MobileMe Gallery if you're a subscriber.

And of course you can import these screenshots to your computer with your favourite photo app and use them with any application that accepts images. 

Inside iTunes, www.apple.com 
Pixel Fish Website Tips:
  1. For videos: Play the video full screen so that you can grab the image at the highest resolution possible.
  2. Make sure your cursor positioning isn’t causing any undesirable hover text or graphics. You may need to move your mouse off a screen object.
  3. For videos: Wait until the play bar and info in the centre of the screen fade away before taking screen shot.

Further Reading: 
Why Cross-Browser Website Compatibility Testing is Vital
5 Reasons to Regularly Review Your Business Website

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Topics: Website Design