1 December 2013

How to take great screenshots / snapshots on Microsoft Windows 7 OS in 5 easy steps (with illustrations)

Before I start, the correct term is "screenshot" and not "snapshot".  I've included the latter in the title to facilitate easier searching on Google.

Taking a screenshot on Microsoft Windows 7 is really easy.  Here's how you can do it in 5 easy steps (please refer to diagrams as you go along).

STEP 1 (Diagram 1).  First, go to the website or screen from which you wish to take your screenshot.  Next, click on the Windows button at the bottom left corner of your screen to pull up the Start Menu.

In the "Search programs and files" field, input "SNIPPING TOOL".  The shortcut to the pre-loaded "Snipping Tool" program will appear; click on it.

Diagram 1

Your screen will "blur" into the background; this is normal.  You'll also find that instead of the normal arrowhead, your cursor has now become a "+" thingy.  Proceed to Step 2.

STEP 2 (Diagram 2).  Place your "+" cursor at the top left corner of that particular section of the screen which you wish to take a screenshot of.  This is your starting point.  Proceed to Step 3.

Diagram 2

STEP 3 (Diagram 3).  Here comes the crucial bit.  
Click and hold down the left button of your mouse and drag your "+" cursor diagonally to outline the area which you wish to capture with the red lines that are generated as you move the cursor.

Diagram 3

When you're happy with the composition of your screenshot (i.e. the area within the parameters of the red lines), release the button on your mouse.  Proceed to Step 4.

STEP 4 (Diagram 4).  After you've released your mouse button, a preview of your screenshot will appear in a new window as illustrated in Diagram 4 below.

Now click on the "Save" button which is denoted by a diskette icon (circled).  Proceed to Step 5.

Diagram 4

STEP 5 (Diagram 5).  After clicking the "Save" button in Step 4 above, a "Save As" window as per Diagram 5 will pop up.

Proceed to rename the file under which you wish to save your screenshot (remember to also define the folder in which you wish to save it).  Note that, by default, the file will be named "Capture" and saved in .PNG format.  If you wish, you may change the format to JPEG by so specifying in the "Save as type" field.

Note:  If you're not entirely happy with your screenshot, simply abort the operation and repeat the process.

Diagram 5

That's it; taking a screenshot on Windows 7 in 5 easy steps!  To some, the process may take a bit of getting used to (especially if you're a newbie) but you'll get the hang of it in no time.  Hope this tutorial helps.  Have a great day, everyone.

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