Windows 7 includes a built-in function that enables you to capture snapshots of the computer screen. You can either take a snapshot of the entire screen or of the active window. The active window is the application currently in focus; you can make a window active simply by clicking on it. Once you've captured the screen, you can save the snapshot as an image file in Paint, the operating system's image editor.
Press "PrtScn" to take a snapshot of the entire screen or press "Alt-PrtScn" to take a snapshot of the active window.
Click "Start | All Programs | Accessories | Paint." Press "Ctrl-V" or click "Clipboard," then "Paste," to transfer the snapshot to Paint.
Press "Ctrl-S" to save the file. Name the file, select a file type from the Save as Type drop-down menu and click "Save."
- To upload the snapshot to the Internet, choose JPG or PNG as the file format.
- To resize the snapshot, click "Image," then "Resize." Enter the preferred image size into the Horizontal and Vertical fields and then click "OK."
- On some keyboards, the button might instead read as "Print Screen," "PrtSc" or similar abbreviation. Some computers might also use "Fn-Insert," or "Fn-Ins" to perform the same function as "PrtScn."
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