Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.
Q: I push ‘PrintScreen’ (or PrtScn) and nothing happens.
I have to teach this as a full-blown lesson in my classes because it is so counter-intuitive.
- When you push PrintScreen, it saves a copy of your screen to the clipboard. Now, you must tell the computer where to put it.
- For example, open MS Word and a new document. Paste (using Ctrl+V or right click+paste or the icon on the toolbar–or Edit-paste) and a copy of your screen will appear as a picture.
It can be pasted into docs, emails, cards, wherever you’d like. Just don’t forget to paste it!
If you’re looking for more than a snapshot of your entire screen, that’s called a ‘screenshot’. Most (well, actually, all I know of) digital devices have a method of accomplishing that without extra software, add-ons, or tools:
- Windows devices (laptops, desktops that run Windows): it’s a tool included in Windows called the Snipping Tool. Once you activate this tool, you can take a full or partial snapshot of your screen with some annotations
- Mac: Command Shift 3 for a full screenshot; Command Shift 4 for a partial screenshot
- Surface tablet: hold down volume and Windows button
- iPad: hold Home button and power button at same time; this saves a snapshot of your screen to your camera roll
- Online: use a screenshot tool like Jing (software download), Nimbus (online websites only), or Snagit (software or an extension)
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.