How to take a Screenshot on a PC, Laptop or Phone

I seen on Google Trends recently that one of the top search terms in Ireland for 2014 was “How to Screenshot” so here’s a blog post in case those people couldn’t find what they were looking for 😉 I’ll try to stick to default/native solutions that don’t involve third party apps or programs.


Simply press the “Print Screen” or “PrtScn” button. This snaps a copy of the screen to the clipboard and you can then paste it wherever, ie – into Microsoft Word, Paint etc.. To copy only the currently active window then press “ALT + PrtScn”. More recent versions of Windows might have a dedicated tool installed that can capture more precise sections of the screen and do annotations etc. Go to the start menu and search for “Snipping Tool”.


Hold down CMD + Shift + 4 then release and you’ll see a crosshairs you can use to specify an area of the screen to shoot.


Smart phones all work in roughly the same way usually involving holding 2 buttons at the same time. It can be pretty tricky getting the timing right though!

Samsung Galaxy Phone:

Press and hold both the Home + Power/Standby buttons until the screen flashes and a camera sound is heard. A screenshot is generated and saved in your gallery.


Press and hold both the Home + Wake/Sleep buttons. The screen flashes when the screenshot is taken. The screenshot is generated and saved to your camera roll.


See iPhone!

Third Party Software:

You can also use more fully featured solutions. Here are some of my favourite ones:




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Leon Quinn

Multimedia Design company in Leitrim, Ireland specializing in WordPress Website Design, Photoshop and Graphics.

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