Along with the famous Copy and Paste commands, one of the most repeated things users do when they are using the computer is to take a Windows screenshot. There are several methods to capture the whole screen or part of it. Hence we are going to show the different ways to perform a screenshot on Windows and Mac .
For the simplest captures it is likely that everyone will use the PrtScr key. However, Microsoft’s own operating system offers a tool that comes pre-installed with the system and allows us to take a screenshot in Windows with some more advanced options. And for those looking for something more professional, there are a lot of free tools that offer us a number of options when it comes to making screenshots on the PC. On Mac system, we can also do a screenshot with a few simple shortcuts or combinations of keys.
How to make a screenshot in Windows:
PrtScr Key Combine with Ctrl Key:
It is undoubtedly one of the easiest methods and used all over the world when we want to make a screenshot. The PrtScr key. What it does is capture the entire screen from our desktop and copy it to the Windows clipboard. Consequently, we can open any image editing program to paste the captured image to edit or save it in the format that we want.
If we want to take a screenshot of the window or application that we are using at the moment, then we can do it using the key combination Alt + PrtScr. In this way, we will only perform the screenshot of active window at that time and not the other open windows or the desktop itself.
And if what we want is to make many screenshots and to automatically save all of them in a folder without having to paste them in a tool, then we will use the keyboard shortcut Win + PrtScr. This makes the captured image to be automatically saved to a folder called Screenshots, in the Windows Pictures folder.
Windows Clipper Tool:
For a long time, the Microsoft operating system has a default installed tool called Snipping tool and with which we can make screenshots of the PC a bit more advanced. To launch this tool, just put the name in the Windows search box (Cortana) and double click on it. The simple interface of this tool is displayed on the desktop.
From the Mode option, we will be able to make a rectangular cut, which is the choice marked by default but also allows us to capture a part of our screen by making a selection of free form, window or full screen. With any of the options, except the full-screen capture, we will be able to make a custom selection of the desktop area that we want to capture or crop. In the case of clipping or window capture, we will only have to select the window that we want to capture and automatically capture the window.
This tool has a unique function that is to be able to defer the screen capture between 1 and 5 seconds, something quite useful when we want to capture the Windows lock screen since it is a screen where it is not possible to launch any tool.
Capture screen lock tab:
Taking a screenshot of the login screen or Windows lock is a bit complicated. There are two screens where the PrtScrkey does not work, and also we do not have access to the snipping tool or any other applications that allow us to take screenshots. However, we can make use of the Delay feature of the Snipping tool to capture the lock screen. To do this, answer it to say that we want to delay the screenshot 5 seconds, more than enough time to lock the computer and the tool itself perform the capture when we are on the lock screen.
Login Screen Capture:
If we want to do this same with the login screen, we must know that this same procedure does not work on the Windows login screen. Therefore, we will have to use another method.
Also making use of the Windows snipping tool, make the Accessibility icon of the login screen in Windows 10 become a shortcut to the Clipping tool and consequently, we can make use of it from the display Login. To do this, we need to go to the Windows 10 registry and navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > WindowsNT > CurrentVersion > Image File Execution Options path. On that same key, click right mouse button, select the option New> Key, and we assign it the name capture.exe.
Within this new key that just created, from the right panel we create a new string value with the name Debugger and within the Value information, we must indicate the complete path of the executable file of the Cuttings tool. That is, we double-click the Debugger string value, and in the Value information, we put C: \ Windows \ System32 \ SnippingTool.exe. Close the registry window, lock the computer, click on the screen to go to the login and click on the Accessibility icon. It will launch the snipping and we can take a screenshot of the login screen.
How to take a screenshot on Mac:
Mac OS can also make screen shots in different ways and without depending upon to third party applications. On a Mac, we can make screenshots using some keyboard shortcuts. It is based on whether we want to capture the entire screen of Mac or if we just want to capture a particular area of our screen.
To take a screenshot of the whole screen of the Mac, we simply have to press the key combination Command + Shift + 3. This automatically saves an image in PNG format with the capture of the entire screen of your Mac.
However, if we only want to capture one area of our screen, then we will have to use the key combination Command + Shift + 4. Once we press this keyboard shortcut, we just have to drag the mouse pointer to select the screen area that we want to capture. It will automatically save an image, also PNG, to the desktop of our Mac with the screenshot made.