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Taking a Screen Capture using the Mac or Windows operating system

This document will explain how to take a screen capture using either the Mac or Windows operating systems

Mac Operating System

To take a screenshot of a selected portion of the screen: 

  1. On the keyboard press the keys Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 simultaneously
  2. A crosshair cursor will appear on the screen instead of a mouse pointer
  3. Move the crosshair to where you want to start the screen shot and drag it to include the entire desired image
  4. Release the mouse or trackpad button to capture the area within the crosshair selection
  5. The screenshot will be saved as a .png file on the desktop
To take a screenshot of the entire screen: 
  1. On the keyboard press the keys Command (⌘) + Shift + 3 simultaneously
  2. The screenshot will be saved as a .png file on the desktop
To take a screenshot of a window: 
  1. On the keyboard press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 simultaneously 
  2. A crosshair cursor will appear on the screen instead of a mouse pointer
  3. Press the spacebar on the keyboard
  4. The pointer changes to a camera
  5. Move the camera over a window to highlight it
  6. Click the mouse or trackpad to take screenshot
  7. The screenshot will be saved as a .png file on the desktop

Windows Operating System

All campus Windows computers have a program called Greenshot installed to make taking screen captures easier. It can be found in the taskbar near the clock. 

To take a screenshot of a selected portion of the screen: 

  1. Open Greenshot in taskbar but clicking on it
  2. A menu will appear
  3. Select capture region
  4. A crosshair cursor will appear on the screen instead of a mouse pointer
  5. Highlight the region that needs to be screen captured
  6. Release the mouse or trackpad
  7. Another menu will appear asking for next steps on where/if to save the image
    • Selecting "Save as (displaying dialog)" will provide a window asking where to save the .png file and what it should be named
  8. File will be saved where chosen
To take a screenshot of the entire screen: 
  1. Open Greenshot in taskbar but clicking on it
  2. A menu will appear
  3. Select Capture full screen
  4. Another menu will appear asking for next steps on where/if to save the image
    • Selecting "Save as (displaying dialog)" will provide a window asking where to save the .png file and what it should be named
  5. File will be saved where chosen
To take a screenshot of a window: 
  1. Open Greenshot in taskbar but clicking on it
  2. A menu will appear
  3. Select Capture window
  4. It will highlight the active window
  5. Click on the screen
  6. Another menu will appear asking for next steps on where/if to save the image
    • Selecting "Save as (displaying dialog)" will provide a window asking where to save the .png file and what it should be named
  7. File will be saved where chosen



If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or helpdesk@uwosh.edu




Keywords:screen capture, screen cap, print screen, print scrn, PrintScrn   Doc ID:70499
Owner:Jen W.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2017-02-07 12:34 CDTUpdated:2017-02-07 12:34 CDT
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