How To Do A Screenshot

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How to Do a Screenshot in Windows 7

Windows 7 is the newest operating system by Microsoft. It follows the release of the highly criticized Windows Vista. Windows 7 brought a lot of improvements in graphics, visuals, and overall general performance. However, one thing that remained from Vista was the screenshot capturing methods. Like in Vista, 7 also has 2 methods. You are presented with the classic Print Screen Method and the Snipping Tool method. Here, we will take a look briefly at this two methods and teach you how to do a screenshot in Windows 7.


Windows 7 is known to many users because it is the first Microsoft operating system with such great graphics. There are many applications available on the Internet that users can use to upgrade and customize their desktops. Often times in forums, members posts their desktop look for the week or month and compare each other’s creations. The task of customizing the desktop has become a competition, and if you got a good design then you can boast all you want. To share your designs however, you need to present an image of your screen. To do this, you need to do a screenshot.

Using the traditional Print Screen method is very easy. First, press the Print Screen button which is often written as PrtScr, Prnt Scrn, Prt Sc, and other similar notations.  It could be found on the same row as the function keys in most laptops and computer keyboards. After pressing it, open up Paint and press Ctrl+V to paste the captured image. There, you can edit the image as you like. You can cut it, crop it, resize it, or draw on it. One of the most popular things that many users do with their screenshots is to draw a circle and an arrow to introduce or emphasize a specific part to the viewer. After editing, you can save it by pressing Ctrl+S and your screenshot is made.

The second method involves the use of the Snipping Tool. This tool will take snapshots of your screen as you desire. However, you should know that not all versions of Windows 7 have the Snipping Tool. Check if your computer has this feature and if not then use the above mentioned method. If you have then open the Snipping Tool program, click on “New” and choose between 4 options. The options include “Free-form Snip”, “Rectangular Snip”, “Window Snip”, and “Full-screen Snip”. Choose the one that you desire to take the screenshot. After choosing an option, you need to select an area of the screenshot. For “Full-screen Snip” you can skip this and proceed to the next step; for the “Window Snip”, select a window instead of an area. The screenshot will be taken after and you can edit the image using Snipping Tool also. If you are done, save your screenshot by clicking the “Save” button or pressing Ctrl+S. Your screenshot is now taken, and you can now share it with your friends or the whole world through email or a blog post.

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