All about screenshots- What, why and how?
Technology has advanced through leaps and bounds. The boundaries that we made for confining the virtual world are extending and there will be a day when there will be no boundaries. One prominent example of this advancing era is the inception of screenshots. How many 90s and even 220s kids ever thought that one day they will be able to take the photos of their phone or computer screens without actually clicking a picture?
Well in the past few years screenshots have turned out to be one of the most valuable digital currencies for communicating more effectively. Knowing when and how to use the right ones can solve tons of problems that we have been facing for ages. Though for the techie world, screenshots may tend to be a bit mundane, there is no dissenting from the fact that screenshots are important. Here’s a comprehensive guide about the practicalities of screenshots. Have a look!
What is a screenshot?
Alternatively referred to as screen capture, print screen, screen dump, screencap, screengrab or snapshot, a screenshot can be simply defined as the image of what is currently visible on your screen. Or you can define a screenshot as the digital image that deciphers the contents of a smartphone, tablet or computer display. Although various programs are available for taking screenshots you can easily click one without any special programs. Once you click a screenshot it can be saved as an image file just like JPEG or GIF where the image can be opened to print manipulate or save.
Why screenshots are used?
In the world full of uncertainties and lies, screenshots help people to capture exactly what they see on the screen to share with others or reference later. Taking screenshots is becoming increasingly popular these days because of the utility that they serve. You can call a screenshot of the new age artefact because they serve as a way for you to prove others the crazy stuff that you are really seeing. Here are some causes for which screen captures are used. Dive into some of these reasons!
Screenshots don’t just help us to archive the past but they can also help people to prove their point. You can take the screenshot of a juicy gossip article that you don’t want to risk forgetting, take the screenshot of the error message that is depicted by a website or a payment gateway and do a lot of things that seemed nothing more than a dream before.
Most people also take screenshots to capture a tech problem to send to the tech support or report other issues that seem evident through the pop-ups in their smartphones or computer screens.
Talking about the gaming freaks, gamers use the screenshot to flaunt their gaming skills. Most gaming pros showcase the level that they have reached and brag about the achievement they have unlocked or just use the screenshot to talk about an interesting moment in the video game.
Screenshots are also used by teams and individuals to help people surf through a particular procedure. Verbal or written instructions aren’t always easy for which matter of fact, screenshots are used as an effective tool now.
Screenshots are used by people to collaborate with people. Instead of writing lengthy pages to describe issues with a webpage or something else, one can use screenshots to report it.
Besides this, there are other functions as well that a single screenshot can serve. It all depends on the individual cause and the level of benefit that an individual can get from the captured screenshots.
How to take screenshots?
Taking screenshots isn’t any rocket science. Be it on a smartphone or PC, anyone can easily take a screenshot. You don’t need to know a whole lot of steps to click SCs, you can easily click then based on your type of Operating system. Here are some different ways to click screenshots on different Operating Systems. Run through!
How to click a screenshot on Android?
To take a screenshot on Android, first, you need to open the screen that you want to click. Then you need to press the power button for a few seconds. Then an option bar will pop up from which you need to tap on Screenshot. If this doesn’t work out then you need to press and hold the Power and Volume buttons at the same time for a few seconds and your screenshot will be taken.
How to click a screenshot on iPhone?
Go to the exact screen that you need to capture and then press and hold the power button on the right side while clicking the Home button at the exact same time. Voila! Your screenshot will be taken.
How to click a screenshot on Windows?
In the new versions of the Windows, only pressing the PrtScrn works but mostly you need to take a swift screenshot of the active window by pressing Alt+PrtScrn. Then you need to copy the screenshot on the clipboard and open the shot in an image editor to save it.
How to click a screenshot on Mac?
Taking Screenshot in Mac is a bit more elaborative than the other Operating Systems In order to take a full-screen SC you need to press and hold three keys together- Shift, Command and 3. You can wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop or edit it using the thumbnail available in the corner of your screen.
How to click a screenshot on Linux
In Linux, if you want to take screenshots then you can use the PrtScr button like in Windows. This process can take a full-screen SC in most GNOME environments just like Linux Mint and Ubuntu.
The good news here is that different phone brands use different methods to use screenshots and not all hones use the standard Android method. For example on some phones like Sony, you can press the Power button to access the options menu from which you can click on Screen capture and take a screenshot.
There are also apps that can allow you to take shots using a screen overlay button. There are also amazing post-shot options like you can crop, edit and convert the SCS into ZIP files. Some MI phones also facilitate screen capturing if you swipe the screen down with three fingers!
There is also the screen video recorder that can help you to make a video of what is being displayed on your screen. You can make videos of the Instagram videos that you weren’t able to save before plus you can also make videos of the games and other things that are playing on the screen. But for that, you need an app. Start exploring and capturing now, because life is too short to be still!