How to take a screenshot

G General / General Last updated on Updated  Dec 17, 2018


A screenshot is a static image of what is being displayed on your computer or phone screen. In the course of troubleshooting, Airtable support may ask you to provide a screenshot demonstrating what the problem or issue is on your end.

The process of taking a screenshot varies between platforms. The following are instructions for how to take a screenshot on different platforms and devices.


Windows

There are a few different methods for taking a screenshot on a Windows computer. Not all methods will work on all versions of Windows.


Whole screen (Print Screen, Windows + Print Screen)

On your keyboard, press the PrtScn key. This will copy an image of everything on screen to your computer's clipboard. You will then need to paste (Cmd + V ) this image from your clipboard into an image editing program, such as Paint. Once you have pasted the image into Paint (or another image editing program), you can save the image file. This method works on all Windows versions, including Windows XP.

Alternatively, if you want to skip the extra step of opening an image editing program, you can press the Windows and PrtScn keys. This will take a screenshot of everything on your computer's screen, and automatically save that file to your computer's Pictures library, under a folder called Screenshots. However, this method only works on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Note that in either case, these methods will both capture your entire screen, so if you don't want Airtable support to see everything on your screen, please crop the image before sending it to us!


Active window only (Alt + Print Screen)

On your keyboard, press the Alt and PrtScn keys. This will copy an image of just the active application window to your computer's clipboard. You will then need to paste (Cmd + V) this image from your clipboard into an image editing program, such as Paint. Once you have pasted the image into Paint (or another image editing program), you can save the image file.

This method works on all Windows versions, including Windows XP.


Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is an application that comes with most versions of Windows that will allow you to take screenshots of the entire screen, of a specific window, or of just a specific section of the screen.

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To open the Snipping Tool, go to the Start menu, then navigate to the Accessories folder, and then choose Snipping Tool. (You can also search for "snipping" using the search tool within the Start menu.) 

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Once within the Snipping Tool, click the New button and select the type of snip you want to make.

If you've selected rectangular or free-form snip, you can select the area you wish to capture by clicking and dragging your cursor. The window snip will let you select a window (e.g., your browser) and capture that. The full-screen snip captures the entire screen and works much like the Print Screen method.

Once you capture the desired screenshot, it'll show up in the Snipping Tool window. You can then save the screenshot or edit it as you wish.

This Snipping Tool works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.



Mac


Depending on how much of the screen you wish to capture, there are a few different methods for capturing a screenshot on a Mac computer.


Partial screenshot

To capture a section of your screen, press Cmd + Shift + 4. (If your computer's sound is on, you should hear a camera shutter noise.) Your cursor will turn into a crosshairs reticle. Click and drag your cursor to highlight the rectangular area you'd like to capture. (If you need to return your cursor back to normal without taking a picture, press Esc.)


The screenshot will appear on your desktop as a file named "Screen Shot," with the date and time.


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Whole screen

To capture the entire screen, press Cmd + Shiftt+3. As with the above method, the screenshot will appear on your desktop as a file named "Screen Shot," with the date and time.

Note that this method will both capture your entire screen, so if you don't want Airtable support to see everything on your screen, please crop the image before sending it to us, or consider using the partial screenshot method instead!


Active window only


To capture just one active window (e.g. your browser window, or the Airtable desktop app), press Cmd+Shift+4, and then press Space. Your cursor will turn into a crosshairs reticle, then a camera. With the camera icon, click on the open window you wish to capture (the camera will helpfully highlight the windows blue as you mouse over them).

As with the above methods, the screenshot will appear on your desktop as a file named "Screen Shot," with the date and time.


iPhone or iPad


To take a screenshot on an iPhone or iPad, press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. If you successfully take a screenshot, you should see a brief white flash animation on your screen. (Please note that you will need to press and hold the buttons at the same time. It may take a few tries to get the timing correct.)

Screenshots are then stored in the Photos app.


 


Android


Given the variety in Android devices, there are several different ways to take screenshots, only some of which may apply to your particular device.


The standard Android shortcut for taking a screenshot is to press and hold the Volume and Power buttons at the same time. However, not all Android phones use this method. Samsung phones, for example, require that you press and hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time.


If you successfully take a screenshot, you should see a brief onscreen animation, and a confirmation message in the notification bar. (Please note that you will need to press and hold the buttons at the same time. It may take a few tries to get the timing correct.)


The method for retrieving the screenshot may vary, depending on your device, but usually, you can find the screenshots you've taken in your device's "Gallery" app.


If these methods don't work for you, or if you have more questions on how to take a screenshot on an Android device, please seek help from the manufacturer of your specific device.



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