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How to Take Screenshots

If you have an online business, the chances are that somewhere along your journey you’ve seen screenshots used. At the time you probably thought that it was a pretty neat trick, and one well beyond your knowledge – but now that you’ve progressed a bit more on your journey, you might be surprised just how easy it is to take a screenshot and use it.

People use screenshots to give someone a visual image of something on their computer screen. You’ve probably seen them used as evidence of affiliate or Adsense income by individuals trying to sell their money making secrets, but they’re also used to great effect to demonstrate to individuals how to perform a computer related task.

As an example, I’ve taken a screenshot of the home page of our website:

If you have a few minutes to spare why not follow these instructions and see how easy it is to use a screenshot.

  • Why not start by taking a screenshot of your website? Bring up the front page of your website on your browser. Now, on your keyboard you’ll find a ‘PrtScr’ or ‘Print Screen’ key. It’s usually along the top row, to the right of the main typing area of the keyboard. When you have your webpage open on screen, click the ‘PrtScr’ button.
  • If you simply want to see the Print Screen feature in action, you can open a blank Word document and then click ‘edit’ and ‘paste’ and your screenshot will appear in front of you. From that point you can turn your Word document into a PDF if that suits the task at hand.
  • If you want to turn your screenshot into a JPEG, you’ll need to open Microsoft Paint. To do this, click Start, then Programs; scroll up to Accessories and then select Paint. The Microsoft Paint screen will open. Now, click edit and paste and your screenshot will appear in the Microsoft Paint program. Next, click File and Save As, then choose JPEG, name your shot and choose where to save it on your computer.
  • If you want to use that screenshot but you want to trim it so that the entire screen isn’t showing in the image, you can do that with Microsoft Office Picture Manager or a similar program. Once you’ve saved your JPEG on your computer, locate it, right click and choose ‘open with Microsoft Office Picture Manager’. Click the ‘edit pictures’ tab and then choose the ‘crop’ feature. Drag the sides of the image in to cut off the bits you don’t want. When you’re done, click OK.

Now you have a picture of your screen that you can email to someone or use to illustrate a blog post, article or eBook.

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