PC vs Mac: #howto take a #screenshot #LRSCmurphy

12 09 2015

Evidence of course work completed may be documented using a screen shot.  In order to show that the requested work was completed during the current term, the screen shot must include the time and date.

Showing the Date and Time

To capture the date and time in the screen shot, they must first be set to appear in the menu bar.  On a PC, clicking or right-clicking (depending on OS version) on the time in the menu bar will bring up the options to change the settings so that both the date and time remain visible.

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On a Mac, control-clicking on the time in the menu bar will have the same effect.  On both systems, hovering over the time will activate a display of the full date.

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Windows Snipping Tool

Windows computers running Windows 7 or higher handle screen shots through the snipping tool.  The snipping tool is located in the Windows Accessories area of the applications folder.  It is a good idea to pin this tool to your taskbar so you can find it quickly in the future. Activating the snipping tool brings up a crosshairs cursor that uses a click and drag motion to capture any area of the active screen. Using the snipping tool allows for precise control of the area captured in the screen shot and also allows the date and time to be captured.

Video:  Snipping Tool Demo Video

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Windows Print Screen Button

PC desktop computers, with an extended keyboard, may have a “print screen” button (sometimes associated with a function key).  Clicking this button will copy into memory whatever is on the screen at that time.  The copied screen can then be pasted into a document by either home –> paste or Ctrl-V, just as any other copied text or image.  By default, clicking the “print screen” button (and the function key if necessary) will capture the entire screen (including the menu bar time and date).

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If the “alt” key is held down along with the “print screen” (and the function key if necessary), only the active window will be captured into the clipboard.

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Holding down the “windows” key while clicking the “print screen” key (and the function key if necessary) will capture the entire screen and automatically save it to the “screenshots” folder within the Pictures folder.

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MacBook and iMac Screen Capture

On MacBook and iMac computers, screen shots are captured by key combination and are, by default, saved to the desktop.  Holding down the “command” and “shift” keys and pressing the number 3 key will capture an image of the entire active screen – including the date and time.

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Holding down the “command” and “shift” keys and pressing the number 4 will bring up a crosshairs cursor that allows for a click and drag of the parts of the screen to be included in the capture.

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iPhone and iPad Screen Capture

To take a screen shot on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, hold down the home button and press the power button simultaneously.  This will capture a shot of whatever is on the screen and save it to the Photos app.

Windows RT Screen Capture

There are a wide variety of Windows RT operating system tablets on the market so key code combinations for taking screen shots may vary.  The Windows RT OS does have an app for the snipping tool.  Some Windows tablets also capture screen shots when the Windows button and lower volume button are simultaneously pressed.  Screen shots taken with a combination of key presses are typically stored in the pictures folder on the tablet.




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