How To Take A Screenshot?

Learn how to take a screenshot on your Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android in addition to a list of the best tools to record the screen

By Claudio Pires
Updated on September 4, 2022
How To Take A Screenshot?

See some great tools and easy ways to take a screenshot while using Mac, Windows, iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones.

As a blogger, I have to take a lot of screenshots to use for blog posts. A simple screenshot with some circles, arrows, lines, and text makes things easier to understand. Readers can easily understand what I am talking about. On the other hand, I need not write a detailed explanation. However, there could be a lot of different reasons to take screenshots.

Your Multi-Device Guide On How To Take A Screenshot

On Windows: Hold Win and Shift and press S = Use the mouse to draw a rectangle to indicate what to capture. Windows then copies it to the clipboard.

On macOS: ⌘ command and shift + #3 = Your Mac captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop. The filename looks like this: “Screenshot 2022-09-22 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

How to take partial screenshots on Mac? Hold ⌘ Command and Shift and press $4 = Use the mouse to draw a rectangle to indicate what to capture – or press the spacebar and then click on something (eg a window) to grab it. Your Mac will then save it as a file on your desktop. The filename looks like this: “Screenshot 2022-09-04 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold sleep/wake, then immediately press volume up and release = screen will flash white. Your device captures the entire screen and saves it as a photo.

Android: Hold down at once. Volume Down and Power for 1–2 seconds = The screen flashes white. Your device captures the entire screen and saves it as a photo.

I took screenshots using the Print Screen key (and paste the image into Paint). But I found it tedious and time-consuming. I always wanted a handy tool to take screenshots. After some research, I found a lot of tools. In this post, I will share 4 excellent tools (2022) that make taking screenshots easier.

1. PicPick (Windows) to take a screenshot

PicPick is my personal favorite. I’ve been using this tool for a long time. This image-capturing device lets you capture full screen, window control, scrolling window, a specific region, and freehand capture. This app also has a built-in image editor that helps you to insert arrows, lines, circles, etc.

It also contains a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair, and even a whiteboard. This software is free for personal use. For commercial use, you need to pay them for a license.

It is only available for Microsoft Windows ( XP, Vista, 7, 8,  Server). Download PicPick (Personal)

2. Jing (Windows/Mac)

Jing is a free screenshot and screencast software. It lets you create an image or short video from your computer screen. Moreover, Software company TechSmith produces it.

This tool can mark your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight, or picture caption. You can also record your screen to make a video tutorial or to get a video feed from your webcam. You can set up Jing to upload to file on Flickr or YouTube.

3. Greenshot (Windows)

Greenshot is another screenshot software tool for Windows. This tool can quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window, or full-screen. You can use shortcut keys to do that.

Moreover, It offers easy annotating, highlighting, or obfuscating parts of the screenshot. This tool is free for both personal and commercial use.

4. Snipping Tool

Finally, the Snipping tool is a program that is part of Windows Vista and above versions. Snipping Tool allows you to take a screenshot of your screen. It can be delayed for a few seconds while capturing the screen in case of hover. It will enable the user to capture the whole screen or user-specified area in a rectangular form.

Claudio Pires

Claudio Pires is the co-founder of Visualmodo, a renowned company in web development and design. With over 15 years of experience, Claudio has honed his skills in content creation, web development support, and senior web designer. A trilingual expert fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, he brings a global perspective to his work. Beyond his professional endeavors, Claudio is an active YouTuber, sharing his insights and expertise with a broader audience. Based in Brazil, Claudio continues to push the boundaries of web design and digital content, making him a pivotal figure in the industry.