How to Take a Screenshot on Your PC

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There are lots of reasons that you might need a screenshot of your PC. Perhaps you need technical support and want to send the person helping you a screen image so that they know what’s going on, or you might be writing an instruction manual for your co-workers on how to perform a particular task. Whatever the reason, this article will teach you how to take a screenshot on PC in a few easy steps.

How to Take a Screenshot on PC

You don’t need any special software to take a screenshot. It’s really straightforward.

Step 1

Take an image capture. Press the Print Screen (PrtScr) key near the top right corner of your keyboard. If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can press the Windows Key plus PrtScr to save some time.

Step 2

If you used the Windows 8 or 10 method, you’re done. You can find the image in the image in the Screenshots folder under Pictures.

Step 3

If you have an older version of Windows, you’ll need to copy the image from the Clipboard. Go to the Start menu and Accessories. Then open Paint.

Step 4

Once Paint is open, press ctrl+V to copy the screenshot.

How to take a screenshot

Step 5

In the file menu, click on Save As, or use ctrl+S. The default format is .PNG, but you can save the file in other formats, such as .JPG or .GIF.

How to Take a Screenshot on Mac

Step 1

Press Command+Shift+3.

Step 2

Find the screenshot on your desktop. That’s it! It’s a bit simpler than taking a screenshot on PC, but as with Windows, the default will be a .PNG file.


Taking a screenshot on PC is really quick and simple, but some people get sidetracked because they don’t see anything happening. Remember that when you hit PrtScr, you won’t hear a sound or any other indication that the capture was taken.

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