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How To Take Screenshot

Capturing a screenshot or recording your phone’s screen can be a handy feature to showcase what’s happening on your device. Once you’ve captured your screen, you have the flexibility to view, edit, and share the resulting image or video. Please note that some of these functions may be specific to Android 11 and above, so ensure your Android version is compatible.

Taking a Screenshot

  1. Open the screen you wish to capture.
  2. Depending on your phone:
    • Simultaneously press the Power and Volume Down buttons.
    • If that doesn’t work, press and hold the Power button briefly, then select “Screenshot” from the options.
    • If these methods fail, consult your phone manufacturer’s support resources.
  3. You’ll find a preview of your screenshot at the bottom left corner of the screen. Some phones may display “Screenshot capture” at the top.

Capturing a Scrolling Screenshot

Note: Scrolling screenshots are available on Android 12 and newer for screens that allow scrolling.

  1. Open the screen you want to capture.
  2. Simultaneously press the Power and Volume Down buttons.
  3. Tap “Capture more” at the bottom.
  4. To select the content to capture, use the provided crop guidelines.

Managing, Sharing, and Editing Your Screenshots

Tip: If you lack the Photos app, you might be using an older Android version. In this case, open your phone’s Gallery app and navigate to the “Screenshots” folder.

  1. Launch the Photos app.
  2. Tap “Library” and then select “Screenshots.”
    • To share a screenshot, tap “Share.”
    • To edit a screenshot, tap “Edit.”

Recording Your Phone Screen

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen.
  2. Tap “Screen record.”
    • If it’s not readily accessible, tap “Edit” and add “Screen record” to your Quick Settings.
  3. Choose what you wish to record and tap “Start.” The recording will begin after a countdown.
    • You can specify whether to record audio and display touches on the screen.
  4. To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the “Screen recorder” notification.

Locating Screen Recordings

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Navigate to “Library” and select “Movies.”

Snipping Tool (Windows)

The Snipping Tool, a familiar Windows utility, persists in Windows 11 despite being delisted from the Start menu apps. You can access it easily via the search bar. The Snipping Tool allows you to take rectangular, free-form, full-screen, and window snips. Remember that it doesn’t automatically save your screenshots, so manual saving is required within the tool.

Print Screen

To capture your entire screen, use the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. This action copies the screenshot to your clipboard, and you’ll need to paste it into an image editing tool like Microsoft Paint for saving. Alternatively, you can configure the PrtScn key to open the Snip & Sketch tool via Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Windows Key + Print Screen

For an automatic save of your entire screen, press the Windows key + Print Screen key. The screenshot will be saved in the “Pictures > Screenshots” folder, accompanied by a brief screen dimming to indicate the capture.

Alt + Print Screen

To quickly capture the active window, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn. This action copies the screenshot to your clipboard, requiring you to save it using an image editor.

No Print Screen Key?

If your keyboard lacks the PrtScn key, you can use Fn + Windows logo key + Space Bar to take a screenshot, with the image being saved in the “Pictures > Screenshots” folder.

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