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Making a screenshot

A screenshot is an image that captures what appears on your computer screen.

Screenshots can come in handy when trying to explain something to Support, or if you want to blog about something you’ve seen on your computer screen.

No matter what operating system you use, you can make a screenshot in just a few steps.

Windows

  • Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtScn” or “Print Screen”)
  • When what you want to capture is displayed on the screen, press the Print Screen key.
  • Open your favorite image editor (like Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, GIMPshop, Paintshop Pro, Irfanview, and others).
  • Create a new image, and press CTRL + V to paste the screenshot.
  • Save your image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file.

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you also have the option of using the built in Snipping Tool.

For more information on using the Snipping Tool please see this support doc.

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Mac

Mac users have a couple of options for making a screenshot:

  • To save a screenshot of your entire screen, press CMD + Shift + 3
  • To select a particular area of the screen for your screenshot, press CMD + Shift + 4

Once you press one of the key combinations your screenshot will be saved to the Desktop.

  • Alternatively, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Grab, and choose the desired screenshot type from the Capture menu.

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Linux

    • Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtScn” or “Print Screen”)
    • Alternatively, go to Applications –> Accessories –> Take Screenshot.

  • Save the image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file.

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iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

You can take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in just a couple of steps.

  • Press the Sleep/Wake button at the top of your device and the Home button on the front of your device at the same time.
  • The image will automatically be saved to your Photos app. You can then send it via email or upload it to your blog via the WordPress for iOS app.

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Chromebook

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to take a screenshot.

Ctrl+ window switcher Take a screenshot of your current window
Ctrl+ Shift+ overview Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture

Once you’ve finished taking a screenshot, you can then retrieve the image file in the Files app. To access the Files app, click the apps list button in the launcher, then click the Files icon.

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Sharing your screenshot

Once you have taken your screenshot using one of the above methods, you can use it as you would any image. For example, you can:

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