How to Take and Paste a Screenshot

By Andrew Cross

A screenshot is a picture of your computer screen at a particular moment in time; it's just like taking a picture with the monitor as your lens and your desktop as the subject. Screenshots are particularly helpful for graphic and Web designers, though anyone can take them. After you take a screenshot, you need to paste the picture and save it; your computer doesn't store all the pictures you take automatically.

Step 1

Pull up the desired screen; this may be a Web page or other document. Remember, everything you see on the screen --- including a cursor and excluding a mouse pointer --- will be visible.

Step 2

Press the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard. It may be abbreviated "Prnt Scrn" and is usually located on or above the F-row on the right side of your keyboard.

Step 3

Open Microsoft Paint or some other image editing software. Click "Edit" and "Paste" to paste your screenshot into the document. Alternatively, press "Shift" and "V" simultaneously. Save the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that you may need to crop your screenshot. A screenshot is a snapshot of everything on the page, including the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

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