How Do You Take a Screenshot on a Personal Computer?

To take a screen shot on a PC running on Windows 7, press the "PrnScn" button on your keyboard, open the Paint application, and then paste the screen shot image onto the application. Once the screen capture image appears you can save it as an image file.

  1. Press the "PrnScn" button

    The print screen button appears as "PrnScn," "PRTSC," "PRTSCN" or a similar abbreviation on most keyboards. It is usually located on the top-right section of the keyboard. Press the button to take a screen shot.

  2. Open Paint, and paste the screen shot onto it

    Click on the Start button then select All Programs. From the menu that appears, select Accessories and then Paint. When Paint application opens, select the Home tab, then click on Paste, which is under the Clipboard group.

  3. Edit and save the image

    Once the screen shot appears, you can chose to resize the image by clicking the Resize button under the Images group of the Home tab. Enter the dimensions you want the screen shot to be, then click OK. Save the screen capture image by clicking on the Paint button then selecting Save. Navigate to the location where you want to save the image, key in the file name you want, and click Save.