How to screenshot on a specific device

Want to know how to screenshot on a specific device? No problem. Taking screenshots can vary depending on the specific device and platform. Here are the methods for Mac, Windows PC, and some common variations:

1. Mac:

Whole Screen

Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 3.

Portion of the Screen

Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4, then drag to select the area you want to capture.

Specific Window

Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 followed by Spacebar. The cursor will change to a camera icon. Click on the window you want to capture.

Save to Clipboard Instead of Desktop

Hold Control while pressing any of the above combinations to save the screenshot to the clipboard instead of saving it as a file on the desktop.

2. Windows PC:

Whole Screen

  • Press Print Screen (often labeled PrtScn). This captures the entire screen to the clipboard, which you can then paste into a program like Paint or Word.
  • If you're using Windows 10/11, you can also use Windows key + Shift + S to open the snipping bar to select an area to capture. After capturing, you can paste it into a program of your choice.

Active Window

Press Alt + Print Screen. This captures only the active window to the clipboard.

Save as a File

If you're using Windows 8 or 10, press Windows key + Print Screen to capture the whole screen and save it as a file in the Screenshots folder inside the Pictures library.

Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch

Windows also provides built-in apps for screenshots: "Snipping Tool" and "Snip & Sketch". These tools allow more flexibility in capturing screenshots, such as free-form capture or timed captures.

Remember to replace "[specific device]" with the actual device name or model when providing such instructions to others.

Learning how to screenshot on a specific device is not that difficult, enjoy!

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