Capture your screen with these great tips and tools
One of the tech tools I use every day is a screen capture tool. There’s rarely does a day go by when I don’t use it at least once.
Screen capture software is used to grab a snap shot of anything on your screen, and then, annotate it with arrows, circles or squares, or text notes. You can also often record video with some of the tools available.
I use it for a few tasks. You can grab pieces of the web for future reference or to share with colleagues. It can also capture a whole web page that scrolls. I also use it to show people where things are on a computer (I email them the grab). Sometimes, I ask for help around a problem I am experiencing by snapping an image of the problem. It’s also good to grab frames from video or record quick mini-clips. And because I build e-commerce sites, I use it to point out stuff to my developers and designers.
Snag It , by TechSmith, is $49.99 and is available for Windows and Mac. If that’s too rich for your budget, you might want to look at Jing, also by TechSmith. Jing is a free tool that lets you capture a grab of your screen, and share via its sister site called Screencast.com.
Greenshot is another free software tool for saving screenshots. It also has Optical Character Recognition (OCR), meaning the text in the images you captured can be copied and edited. Of if you want to share your screen grabs quickly, try TinyGrab. It takes a screen shot, uploads it to the Web, and creates a URL all with a three-finger salute (Command + Shift + 4).
If you don’t want to install a program, then basic screen grabbing is built into both Windows and Mac computers. In Windows, push the PrtScn button on your keyboard (or use the keystrokes Fn + Insert) to capture the whole screen. To capture the active window, use Alt + PrtScn. You can paste the resulting grab (saved to memory) into an image program. On a Mac, use the built-in program called Grab. Find it using the Spotlight search in the top right corner of your desktop.
And what about iPhone or iPad? Push the power button and the iPhone home button (round button below the screen) at the same time. The capture is stored in your Photos app. On newer Android smartphones, which use Android OS 4.0, hold the “Volume Down” button, then click the “Power/Sleep/Wake” button.