IT for beginners is vital in today’s world, as things move so fast it is the only way that technology novices don’t get left behind. Change is the only thing that we can be sure of. Each day new innovations turn the experts in old technology into the beginners in new technology. The newcomers of current technology are becoming the inventors of the future.
Within everything, we can see innovation, take the simple screenshot for example. Which is essentially the act of taking a photo of the screen of your device without a camera. I expect that its invention was as simple as someone looking at their screen feeling that they should be able to copy it. Voila, the screenshot is born in something as simple as an idea.
Screenshots are incredibly useful, they are the digital answer to snipping our favourite article out of the newspaper. They can even be as functional as taking a picture of our programs to remember what you have installed or as useful as taking a screenshot of a problem on your PC’s desktop so that you can get help from one of your kids later.
A screenshot is an image that is taken of the content displayed at a given moment on a device’s screen. It gives you the freedom to copy anything visible inside your devices virtual screen. From the text to images, to web pages, to your desktop if you want to. You can then take what you have copied and paste it into a document or save it as an image file (png, jpg, gif format) and then use however you might like. It is, therefore, a handy tool which is very time-saving.
The act of capturing your screen is useful for many reasons such as:
But the reason that you might use this software is only limited by your imagination. The good news is that all devices have a program or shortcut which can help you with taking a screenshot and the vast majority are also extendable with apps or downloadable programs which can take basic functionality further. Thus the only thing we have left to do is choose a program and learn how to use it.
You can then take what you have copied and paste it into a document or save it as an image file. Photo Source: Unsplash
Capturing your devices screen is popular, and this is indicated with the amount of software available to achieve this result. Some software is free with basic functionality, other software is purchasable with extensive features.
This tool is much more advanced than the PrtSc key method. The software gives you numerous ways to copy your screen
To Open The Snipping Tool
The newcomers of current technology are becoming the inventors of the future. Photo Source: Unsplash
Here is a none exhaustive list of programs that you can download and install on your computer:
This software is for professionals who need to have extended needs to capture functionality and features. This software is powerful and is available on Windows and Mac.
Fireshot (Free and Paid)
This software to capture screenshots runs in the browser so that you can capture your webpages. It runs in Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as other browsers. Because it is browser based it works with any Operating system.
Screenshot (Free, MAC)
Screenshot is Mac’s inbuilt option, and it is full of all of the bells and whistles that you need.
You can also choose to show or hide the mouse pointer
If that’s not enough, you can also use it with some basic keyboard shortcuts.
In most cases, this image capture tool will be very easy to use.
GreenShot is among the most complete screenshot software for Windows. It is easy to use, it also allows you to capture the mouse pointer and send the screenshot to a printer or other software. After installing GreenShot, the software can annotate, highlight, darken or mask selected areas of the capture.
It has fantastic features such as:
Here are some keyboard shortcuts that work to save you time:
A screenshot is an image that is taken of the content displayed at a given moment on a device’s screen. Photo Source: Unsplash
Taking screenshots with a phone is easy, but you need to use both hands and make sure that you press the buttons at the same time. This is a great way to share with friends, for example, you could share a screenshot of an argument you are having with your friend. You could show a screenshot of something you are working on as a sneak peek too. There are lots of ways to use screenshots on your phone. Here’s how to do it:
Most Common Way
Since different versions of Android have a different way of doing it. You can also try:
The technique is that both keys must be held while waiting for the screenshot to be stored on the phone. You will know when it has worked because a small image will fall back and then disappear. The image will be stored with your phone in the screenshots folder.
With an iPhone, screenshots are much more natural, all you have to do is simultaneously press the ‘power button’ and the ‘home button’. The screen will flicker, and you know that the screenshot has been made. You will find the screenshot in the photos app in a folder called screenshots.
Screenshots are fun, useful, informative and get for making something visually interesting. From saving pages from your browser to building a full tutorial on how to use software. Screenshots are pretty essential for many people; including businesses.
Screenshots can also be fun and creative, you can use them with a markup feature to draw over pages and make corrections to your creative texts.
No to mention how they can help you when you can’t explain something and need to share your screen. Even if you have yet to take your first screenshot knowing how to take one will be invaluable one day when you can’t find your pen or the article is too long to write down.