How do you screenshot on a computer?

How do you screenshot
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Got something super cool on your screen that you want to clip and send to your buddies or coworkers? How do you do it? Luckily for you there are a plethora of ways to get the job done. We’ll go over the built in options for Windows, some third party applications you can use, and then discuss some additional screenshot/syncing applications so you can capture something on your computer and transfer it to your phone in a breeze.


Built-in Options

Microsoft has many built-in options available to take screenshots. The first and easiest to use (starting from Windows Vista) is the snipping tool. The snipping tool can be located in a number of ways. For Windows 8 & 10, click the start button and start typing snipping. It should appear in the list.


From here you can use the tool to clip an image by dragging your mouse around it. Like so –

Voila! A screenshot you can now save and send to your friends.

Don’t want to go through all of that trouble? Windows has some quick keyboard shortcuts that will take a snap of either your whole screen or the window you last interacted with.

Those shortcuts are –

Alt + PrtSc – This captures the last window you interacted with

Prtsc – This captures your whole screen (This includes all of your screens)


Third Party Options

Pretty much the only third party screenshot utility I’ve ever used is Greenshot. It’s like the snipping tool on steroids. It allows you to open the screenshot in a wide range of applications, add effects, edit the picture, etc. If you like the snipping tool, you’ll love Greenshot.


One More Thing!

Ever found something on your computer and wanted an easy way to get it to your phone to text your friends? Happens to me a lot. Last time I checked, there wasn’t a really reliable way for me to text directly from my Windows computer to my iPhone.

To close the gap until this integration exists, I use PushBullet! This neat little utility allows you to send/receive messages, pictures, videos, etc. from your computer to your phone or your phone to your computer. They have a free and a pro version, but the main difference between the two is that you can’t send files larger than 25MB using the free version. Hasn’t been a problem for me so far! Give it a shot and see if it suits your fancy. Until next time internet fam!

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