Sometimes the screen contents need to be saved quickly. But how do you take a so-called screenshot on Windows, Mac computers or smartphones? We will explain it to you.

It is common knowledge that when you press the “Print” button in Windows, a screenshot of the entire screen is displayed. This image file can then be inserted into any program with the key combination “Ctrl + V”.

A practical variant of this is “Alt + Print”. This key combination only “photographs” the currently active window. And finally, a freely definable screenshot area allows the key combination “Shift + Windows + S”.

Mac computers also have several options for screenshots – including “Command + Shift + 3” for a screenshot of the entire screen and “Command + Shift + 4” for a freely selectable area. The key combination “Command + Shift + 5” in turn leads to a menu of screenshot options.

Take screenshots on your smartphone

For screenshots on an Android smartphone, you usually have to press the volume down and power buttons simultaneously. On the modern Android version, a screenshot menu appears that allows you to enlarge the image area. The photo can then be edited.

Depending on the manufacturer, there are other options: Some place a screenshot button in the quick settings menu that opens when you swipe down from the top of the screen once or twice. For other devices, you need to press the volume down button and the home button if there is one.

Owners of the latest iPhones hold the right button and press the volume up button on the left at the same time. When they both release, the screenshot will be displayed as a thumbnail in the lower left corner. If you tap on it, you can share or edit it directly with other users. If you simply swipe it to the left, you will find the image under “Photos”. On the iPad Pro, press the top button and the Volume Up button to take a screenshot and release both.

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