To capture an image from your screen, follow the procedure below for your operating system.
On Windows 2000 and later systems, press the PrintScrn button. This will take a shot of the entire screen. You can then use the paste function in your favorite photo editor to make a copy of this screen shot, crop out the part you want, and so forth.
To capture an image of a specific rectangular area, press Apple-shift-4 (that is, while holding down the Apple and shift keys, press 4). The cursor will turn into a crosshair symbol. Move the mouse to one corner of the desired area, press and hold the left button, drag the mouse to the opposite corner of the area, and release the button. An icon named “Picture 1” (or other number) will appear in your desktop; this will contain the image of the selected area in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format.
To capture an image of one window, press Apple-shift-4, and when the cursor turns into a crosshair symbol, press the space bar. The cursor turns into a picture of a camera. Move the mouse into the window you want to photograph, and that window will turn slightly gray. Click the left button and the image icon will appear on your desktop.
To capture an image of the entire screen, use Apple-shift-3.
Gimp, a public-domain package similar to Photoshop, makes it easy to get a screen shot.
Bring up Gimp. From themenu, select , then .
From the Gimp menu, select, then , then .
To capture an image of one window, select the radiobutton for, increase the delay time under , and click . After the delay you have specified, the cursor will turn into a crosshair symbol. Move the cursor into the desired window and click the left mouse button.
To capture an image of the entire screen, select the radiobutton for, increase the delay time under , and click OK. After the delay you have specified, Gimp will take a snapshot of the whole screen.
A window containing your snapshot will appear on your screen. You can use Gimp to crop the image, adjust color and contrast, and the other usual photo processing options. Most operations start by right-clicking on the image.
To save the image to a file, move the mouse into the image window and right-click. Then select, then .
You can navigate to any directory by clicking in the
Folder window. Click on “
../” to go up one directory; to move down
into a directory, click on that directory's name in the
Once you are in the right directory, type the name you
want to give the graphics file in the
Selection field, including the file
type suffix such as
.jpg, and press