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Screen Capture Tutorial

Taking and Annotating screenshots on a Computer

How to Take and Annotate screenshots on Windows, Mac and Chromebook Computers

Every type of computer, running a different Operating System, has a different way of taking a screenshot of either the whole screen, or of a certain area. Here is a guide on how to do this on three different types of devices: Windows, Mac, and Chromebook …


Windows

One way to do this on Windows is by using the ‘Snipping Tool’. Open up your start menu, and type in ‘Snipping Tool’ …

Once opened, click on the ‘New’ button. You can then click and drag the crosshairs to capture the area you desire …

Once you have took your screenshot, you are able to draw and annotate on it using Snipping Tool’s inbuilt features. Once done you can Save it to the folder of your choice …

The majority of Windows keyboards will also come with a ‘PrtScn’ button, which stands for Print Screen. When you press this your entire screen will get captured automatically. You can then paste this into a Google Doc/Word doc …

Another simple way to edit photos can be with Microsoft Paint. If you open an image with it (Right Click – Open With – Paint), you will see lots of tools allowing you to draw shapes, add text, crop etc. You can then save this as a new image …


Mac

On a Mac, you will need to use a very simple shortcut. On your keyboard press ‘Command’+’Shift’+’4’. You will then be able to click and drag the area you would like to capture …

Once you have your screenshot, open it, and you will be able to use Apple’s inbuilt annotation features. To access these, press on ‘Tools’ – ‘Annotate’. You can then select what you would like to edit …


Chromebook

To take a screenshot using a Chromebook, you will need to press the ‘Ctrl’+’Show’ buttons, and then click and drag the area you would like to capture …

Once you have taken the screenshot, a pop up will appear on the bottom right hand side of the screen allowing you to ‘Annotate’ …

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