Sometimes, the easiest way to share a funny conversation or picture is to take a screenshot and send it off. There are lots of options for screenshots: you can grab the entire screen or just a selection, and choose to save it to the desktop or the clipboard.
Here, find out everything you wanted to know (and more) about taking a screenshot on an iOS, Mac OS X, Android, or Windows device, and discover two cool apps that will upload your image to the web automatically for speedy sharing.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Press the Home button and the sleep/wake button at the same time to capture whatever is on the screen. The image will be saved to your Camera Roll.
Mac OS X
To take a screenshot, you can open the Grab application or use one of these keyboard shortcuts (to cancel out of any command, press escape).
- The entire screen — Press command + shift + 3
- A select portion of the screen — Press command + shift + 4
- Only a window — Press command + shift + 4 + space bar and select the window. It also works with the menu bar. This option will capture a window's shadows which looks nice in presentations.
The default setting on Mac OS X is to save the screen capture to your desktop, but you can save the image to your clipboard instead by holding down the control key while you press the other keys as listed above. This will enable you to paste the image into a document.
Apps exist that will automatically upload your screen capture to the Internet. Cloud App is a Mac desktop client that sits in your menu bar and will create a link to the image, then put it onto your clipboard. The app will notify you when the image is done uploading, and you can paste the link wherever you want. Droplr is similar: drag screen captures into the app, and Droplr will create a link for you to share.
How to grab screenshots on Android and Windows devices after the break.