This is a lesson on how to use computer software to take a screenshot picture of what is being displayed on your computer screen. There are instructions for four different programs that are each capable of capturing screenshots.
So far I have created beginner lessons on how to use seven different photo editing programs. In each lesson I taught you:
how to start up the photo editing program;
how to open a file containing a photograph;
how to resize the photograph so that its longest side was 1024 pixels;
how to save or export the resized photograph.
I then created lessons to teach you how to draw shapes or type text on photographs using three photo editing programs. While only some photo editing programs are capable of drawing shapes or typing text on photographs there are other graphics programs that can be used instead. Any programs that I have used always had the same tools and were very similar to the programs in my lessons.
Now I think it is time to teach you how to take a photograph of your computer screen display. A photograph of what is being display by your screen is called a screenshot. Computer software is used to grab or capture the image that is being displayed by your screen and save it as a file.
Once you know how to do a screenshot you can start creating your own lessons. Hopefully I will then be able to slide back into retirement as my services should no longer be required. I wonder, is there any chance I might pick up a camera and try to remember how to use it? I may have joined a community photography club but I cannot remember the last time I lazily loitered around annoying the squirrels by taking their photographs.
The early versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Apple Macintosh operating system both had a very similar way to take a screenshot of your computer screen. It involved pressing down on a specific combination of keys on your computer keyboard all at once. One combination of keys would take a screenshot of your entire screen while a different combination of keys would take a screenshot of the active window that was open on your screen.
A general rule of thumb is that a program being used to take a screenshot will not capture an image of itself. By this I mean that when you use one of the above programs to take a screenshot all of the menus, icons, selection rectangles and windows needed to take the screenshot are suppose to disappear at the last possible moment so a picture can be taken of what is behind them on the screen.
To take the above screenshots was a coordination challenge as I had to use program A to take a screenshot of program B while program B was in the midst of taking its own screenshot. Your task of just using one program to take screenshots should be a lot easier.