How to capture a screenshot of your computer

A ‘screenshot’ is a still, digital image, or ‘snapshot’ of what appears on all or part of a computer screen. Screenshots can be useful to diagnose problems and record screen events.

The best file formats to save screenshots are as a .jpg or .gif. Bitmaps (.bmp) are very large in comparison (often as much as twenty times as large) and are therefore not as convenient.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or newer

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced the Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool lets you take snapshots of the entire screen, windows, or just parts of the screen:

Windows XP

To create a screenshot using Windows, follow the steps below:

- Run the program you wish to take a screenshot of, e.g. SyncBackSE, and open the window you are having difficulties with.

  • If you want to take a snapshot of the full screen, simply press & release the Prt Scr key (on most keyboards this is to the right of the F12 key and above the Insert key: it may also be shown as PrtScn)
  • If you want to take a snapshot of only the active window (the window or dialog that 'has the focus'), hold down the Alt key first, then press the Prt Scr key, then release Prt Scr and finally release the Alt key

- Run Microsoft Paint (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint)

- Select Edit -> Paste from the menu

- Save that to a .gif or .jpg file

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