Tech Tip: Easy Screen Capture Tools

Ever need to just take a picture of something on your screen? Do you need to copy something from the Web to put in a document or email?

If you're a Mac user, screen capture is built in to the operating system. Just press the Shift Key plus the Apple Key and the number 3 (all at the same time) and your Mac will take a picture of your entire screen. To capture part of your screen, click Shift plus the Apple Key plus the number 4 (again, all must be pressed at the same time) and you will get a cross hair that allows you to click and drag across what you want to capture. Also, Skitch is a super easy way to do a screenshot, too. See the Fab Find post from September 23rd to learn about Skitch.

On the PC, you have a Screen Capture key on your keyboard (Print Screen). When you press it, the image on your screen is captured to the computer's clipboard or memory and then you are able to paste the image in to a Word, Notebook or other file.

If you have Windows 7, you have a good tool built in for capturing all or part of what's on your screen. It is called the Snipping Tool. To use the Snipping Tool (taken from the Microsoft website):

How do I use Snipping Tool?

To capture a snip, do the following:
  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.
    Picture of Snipping ToolSnipping Tool
    The captured area of the screen appears in the mark-up window, where you can write or draw on it, save it, and send it to someone in e‑mail.

Another option for Windows users is freeware called PicPick that makes it easy to do a screen grab. It  includes several cool tools including an image editor and a screen magnifier. Go to to download the application.