Taking a Screenshot Without Using Print Screen

by Naomi Bolton

Taking screenshots helps you to store information displayed on your computer screen in a static file. These images can be used to demonstrate features that are hard to explain in words or to document error messages for troubleshooting purposes. Using the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard is one of the easier methods to capture screenshots on a computer but it is not the only way. If you want more control over the screenshots you take, use the Windows Snipping tool or a dedicated screen capture application. Free image editing software such as GIMP and PhotoScape also offer integrated screen capture features.

Windows Snipping Tool

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Enter "Snipping Tool" (without quotation marks) in the Windows 8 search box and press "Enter."

2

Select "Snipping Tool" from the list of apps to open the program.

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Select "New" and drag your cursor around the area of the screen that you want to capture.

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Select "Save As" from the File menu to save the captured area as a screenshot.

Screen Capture Software

1

Download and install a free screen capture program such as ScreenHunter, Jing or Lightscreen (links in Resources).

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Open the program and configure your capture options. All these programs allow you to specify the type of capture (entire screen, window or region) as well as the hotkey used to activate the capture.

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Press the hotkey that you have selected to capture a screenshot and save it to your computer.

Image Editing Software

1

Download and install a free image editing program such as GIMP or PhotoScape (links in Resources) that supports screen capturing.

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Click "File" and select "Screen Shot" from the "Create" list of options in GIMP to activate the screenshot feature. Select "Screen Capture" from the main menu if you are using PhotoScape.

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Click the radio button next to "Grab a single window" or "Grab the whole screen" and then click the "Grab" button to take a screenshot with GIMP. Click "Capture Full Screen," "Capture Window" or "Capture Region" to take a screenshot with PhotoScape.

About the Author

Virtually growing up in a computer repair shop, Naomi Bolton has held a passion for as long as she can remember. After earning a diploma through a four year course in graphic design from Cibap College, Bolton launched her own photography business. Her work has been featured on Blinklist, Gameramble and many others.