How to Take a Screenshot and Get the Date to Appear

by Benjamin Aries
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Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X both include native support for quickly capturing a screen shot of anything that appears on your computer display. This can be useful for documenting a technical problem or saving an image for future reference. By default, the date won't be added to a captured image, but you can use simple apps included with both operating systems to add the date to your screen shot.

Take a Screen Shot in Windows 8

Step 1

Open the window that you want to capture. Make sure that the area you want to save is visible on your screen.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Windows" key, and then press the "Print Screen" key. If you are using a tablet device that lacks a "Print Screen" key, press the "Windows" and "Volume Down" keys instead.

Step 3

Move your cursor to the top right corner of the screen, and then move the pointer down to reveal the Windows menu. On a tablet, swipe your finger inward from the right edge of the screen.

Step 4

Click or tap "Search." Type "Paint" in the search box and select "Apps." Choose the "Paint" application.

Step 5

Select the "File" menu and choose "Open." Browse to the "Pictures Library." Select the screen shot image and click "Open."

Step 6

Click on the "Home" tab in the Paint application. Locate the "Tools" group and then select the "Text" tool -- this icon is styled as an "A" letter.

Step 7

Select the area on the screen shot where you want to add the text and type in the date.

Click on the "Save" button, styled as a purple disk icon. The screen shot image saves to the Pictures Library folder with the date included.

Take a Screen Shot in Mac OS X 10

Step 1

Open the program or window you want to capture. Make sure that the area you want to save is visible on your screen.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Command-Shift" keys on your keyboard. Press the "3" key while holding the other keys. Your Mac makes a sound and takes a snapshot of the screen. Release the keys.

Step 3

View your Mac's desktop. The screen shot is named "Screen shot" followed by the time and date.

Step 4

Double-click on the screen shot file. The picture opens in the Mac's Preview application.

Step 5

Click on the "Show Edit Toolbar" button. This is located near the center of the window and is styled as a blue pencil icon.

Step 6

Select the "Text" tool, marked with the letters "Aa" inside of a box. Click on the screen shot image in the place where you want to include the text and then type the date.

Click on the "File" menu and choose "Save." The screen shot file now contains the date on top of the image.


  • Information in this article applies to Mac OS X 10.8 and Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

Benjamin Aries has been involved in digital media for much of his life and began writing professionally in 2009. He has lived in several different states and countries, and currently writes while exploring different parts of the world. Aries specializes in technical subjects. He attended Florida State University.

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