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3 Great Ways To Take Advantage Of Screenshots
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3 Great Ways To Take Advantage Of Screenshots

If you didn't know, anyone can take a screenshot on a Mac or PC for free. You can also opt for professional screenshot software to help for the editing process, but this is a matter of choice. Regardless of whether you're taking basic shots to make a point, or professional images for a business website, there are 3 great ways to take advantage of this tool.

To take a screenshot for PC, just hit 'print screen, 'prt sc' on your keyboard. For Mac, Apple Key + Shift + 2, 3, or 4 will take various types of screenshots.

1. Proof

Do you need proof that something is happening on your computer? Maybe tech support doesn't believe that you're getting that error message you are seeing right in front of your face. You might want to get a copy of something someone said in chat.

Whatever the reason, it looks a lot nicer when you simply take a pictures of your screen using your computers native function, rather than taking out a digital camera or webcam to take a picture.

2. Tutorials & Guides

Are you showing someone how to do something? A picture is worth a thousand words.

Are you creating a guide, a How To, or some kind of tutorial? Pictures don't just break up the text, they can demonstrate what you're doing. This can help, especially if you are teaching beginners, who get lost in the sea of technical jargon.

3. Enhancing Text

Text on text sucks. It's hard to read, and it can create reader fatigue. Breaking up text with pictures is important. Especially when you're writing about software, games, websites, and these types of things, taking a screenshot of what you're doing is a simple way to keep your reader interested.

It helps if you also do some simple editing, but even a basic, straight-up-no-edit shot works for a no-frills effect. If you've got a business, your conversions will certainly increase. If it's your personal blog, you'll probably get more people to read through your posts and even share with their friends.

Conclusion

Whether you're doing basic shots because you need to, or making professional looking screenshots to enhance your website and increase conversions, this tool has many uses, each unique to the user and his or her project.

Have you used a screenshot for a project before? I'd love to hear what types of things you've used it for. Leave a comment below with your suggestions, and you can help future readers with ideas on how to integrate this feature in their own projects.


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I use them daily. I use Droplr, and the snip it tool windows provides.

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  about 8 years ago

I love droplr too. Unfortunately there is no version for Windows 8 yet! What is "snip it"? Does it come will all Windows systems or do you need to install it? Are you on Windows 8 or still rockin' Win XP?

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  about 8 years ago

I have 7 on this machine and it comes with the windows program.

  
  about 8 years ago

Cool. I'll see if 8 has it or not.

  
  about 8 years ago
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