You don't need a special program to make it happen: Here's how:
Need to show something computer-related to a distant friend or family
member? Want to capture an error code for tech support? A screenshot is
As the name implies, it creates an image of your screen. And it isn't hard to do.
easiest way to do this is with keyboard shortcuts. In Windows, just hit
the Print Screen button on the keyboard (sometimes this is abbreviated
as Prnt Scrn or in other ways). This saves the entire screen to the
Windows clipboard. You can then paste it into an email or a graphics
On a Mac, Command + Shift + 3 takes a screenshot of the
entire screen and saves it to the desktop. Command + Shift + 4 does the
same thing, but you can select what area of the screen is captured.
Of course, sometimes you need a bit more control. Or perhaps you want to annotate the screenshot for the person receiving it.
Windows Vista and up, go to Start>>All
Programs>>Accessories and select the Snipping Tool. Click the
upside-down triangle next to the New button to select Rectangular Snip.
Then click and drag the red box over what you want to capture.
This will save a file you can edit, or you can paste the image right into an email.