Purdue Fort Wayne- Capturing the Content of your Screen as an Image


Two methods for taking screenshots on both Windows and Mac.


Steps for using Windows and Mac for taking screenshots of pictures:


  1. Full Screen Capture:

    • Press the Print Screen key (usually located near the number pad).
    • The screenshot will be copied to your clipboard.
    • Paste the image into a graphics editing program (e.g., Paint or Photoshop) using Ctrl + V.
  2. Active Window Capture:

    • Press Print Screen + Alt simultaneously.
    • This captures only the active window.
    • Paste the image from the clipboard into a graphics editing program.
  3. Specific Area of the Screen:

    • Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.
    • Click New in the Snipping Tool to create a new screenshot.
    • Use the crosshairs to select the area you want to capture.
    • The image will be displayed in the Snipping Tool window. Save it before taking another screenshot.


  1. Full Screen Capture:

    • Press Command (Apple) + Shift + 3.
    • An image file (e.g., Picture1, Picture2) will be created on your hard drive.
  2. Specific Area of the Screen:

    • Press Command (Apple) + Shift + 4.
    • Your cursor becomes a crosshair; select the desired area.
    • An image file will be created on your hard drive.

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