For Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and tablets:
- Press Power button and Home button together for a few seconds.
For other Google Android devices:
- Press Power button and Volume Down button together for a few seconds.
For older Google Android devices:
- Press Power button and Back button together for a few seconds.
Press Home button and Back button together for a few seconds.
2. You’ll need to press the buttons at the exact same time. If you press the buttons correctly, you’ll hear camera shutter sound and the screen will flash for a moment.
3. Now the screenshot has been saved in Gallery folder. You’ll also see a notification in the Status bar at the top.
IOS devices (iPhones and iPads)
If you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, then things are blessedly simple and universal. To take a screenshot on an iOS device hold the “Power” button and press the “Home” button. The screen will flash and your screenshot will be saved to your device’s internal storage, which you can then view, edit, and share using the Photos app.
Mac OS X
Taking screenshots on a Mac is super easy, though there are a number of ways to modify or alter how screenshots are taken.
There are two main screenshots on OS X you need to know. “Command + Shift + 3” takes a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it as an image file to the desktop. “Command + Shift + 4” opens a selection area (crosshairs) allowing you to select an area, which is then saved as an image file to the desktop.
If you just want to take basic Mac screenshots, then that’s all you need to know, but if you really want to expand your screenshot repertoire, there are a few modifiers you can apply to these methods.
If you simply want to copy the screenshot to the clipboard instead of saving it, you need to hold down the “Control” key (“Command + Control + Shift + 3” or “Command + Control + Shift + 4”).
Use “Command + Shift + 4” to make the selection crosshairs appear then press “Space” and a camera icon appears. You can move the mouse pointer about the screen to select windows or screen elements (selected items will turn translucent blue). Click and the selected windows screenshot will be saved to your desktop.
It can be tricky getting the perfect selection screenshot, but you can constrain it by holding down the “Shift” key. For example, if you are selecting an area horizontally (left-right), the Shift key will lock the vertical selection (up-down) and vice-versa.
Let’s say you have the perfect sized selection, but it’s not positioned correctly; you can press and hold “Space.” This will lock the selection area, allowing you to move it freely about the screen. Just remember to keep holding the mouse button or trackpad down.
If you want to constrain your selection from the center-out (as opposed to drawing the selection from corner to corner) press the “Option” key once the crosshairs appear.
Finally, if you want to bail on your screenshot selection, you can press the “Esc” key to exit the process.
Any Windows version previous to 8 or 8.1, is going to use the old school PrtScn-Paste-Save method described earlier. Of course, you can always use a screenshot program and that solves the problem to a large extent. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft finally introduced native screenshot operations, meaning that as soon as you take a screenshot, it is saved to the hard drive as a file.
The three main Windows screenshot methods are as follows:
“PrtScn” copies the screenshot to the clipboard. “Windows + PrtScn” takes a screenshot, which is then saved to the user’s Pictures/Screenshots folder.
Another shortcut to remember is “ALT + PrtScn,” which copies a screenshot of the currently selected window to the clipboard.
For more nuanced control over your Windows screenshots, you can use the included Snipping Tool.
If you want to quickly share Screenshots on Windows 8.1, use the Share Charm. This method is quick and easy, but you have to use Windows Store apps and is more ideal when you don’t have a keyboard attached.
Finally, on most Windows tablets, for example Surfaces, a physical keyboard may not always be present. All tablets certified to run Windows must have a Windows button on the front of the device. To take a screenshot, press the “Windows Button + Volume Down”.