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How to take Screenshots

Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum ModeratorLos Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
edited September 2015 in Help & Feedback
Hey Players!

If you have ever wanted to take a screenshot and weren't sure how, you've come to the right place! Sharing screenshots during game play is the perfect way to share any glitches you've experienced, show off your sweet new cues, or even your impressive game stats! Find your operating system below, click "Show" next to the spoiler and follow the directions listed. If you have any further questions regarding how to take screenshots, or other methods you have found helpful, feel free to post them here!

Happy gaming!
Dalton

Taking a screenshot on Windows XP and prior Windows versions
This method works on Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well.
1. Click the window you want to capture. Press Alt+Print Screen by holding down the Alt key and then pressing the Print Screen key. The Print Screen key is near the upper-right corner of your keyboard. (Depending on the type of keyboard you have, the exact key names on your keyboard may vary slightly.)
Note: If you so choose, You can take a screen shot of your entire desktop rather than just a 
single window by pressing the Print Screen key without holding down the Alt key
2. Click Start, click Accessories, and then click Paint.
3. In the Paint window, click Edit, and then click Paste.
4. When the image appears in the Paint window, crop if you wish. Once finished, click File, and then click Save As.
5. In the Save As dialog box, in the File name box, type a name for the screen shot, and then click Save.

Taking a screenshot on Windows Vista and Windows 7
All previous Windows versions press "Print Screen" on keyboard and paste into the Paint program. If you so choose, you can do this on Vista and 7 as well.
1. Open the Snipping Tool by clicking the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, and then Snipping Tool.

2. Once you've opened the Snipping Tool, you can choose to take a variety of different types of screen captures. These include (1) "Hand-drawn" - ie drawn with the mouse, or the tablet pin on a tablet pc; (2) rectangle - which allows you to draw a rectangle to capture a specific area of your screen; (3) "active window" - which records only the window which is selected when you take your screenshot or (4) "full screen" -which takes a full screen shot, identical to what you would get by pressing the print screen button on a keyboard.

3. Finally, you can save your image as a GIF, bitmap, jpeg, or html file by selecting "save as" or select "send" to send the image as an email attachment. Still have questions? (Watch This!)

Taking a screenshot on Windows 8
Most methods for taking screenshots in previous Windows versions work for Windows 8.
1. Set up the screen as you wish for your screenshot.
2. Hold down the Windows Key and Print Screen
3. You will find a new screenshot in the Pictures folder in your Library

Taking a screenshot on Mac OS X
This works for most modern versions of the OS X system of Apple Computers
Use the following keyboard commands to take a picture.

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Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard
Note: Command-Shift-4 is the most popular amongst Apple users. It is a good option for those 
who choose to not share their whole screen.

Taking a screenshot on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
This method works for all generations of the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad that have firmware 2.0 and higher.
1. Open up the screen you would like to take a screenshot of.
2. Press and hold the round home button at the bottom, followed by pressing the power button at the top once. (Picture)
3. The screen will briefly flash white.
4. Your photo will now be in your "Photos" app on your device.
Note: If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, your power button is on the right-side of the 
phone.
Note: To use your screenshot taken on your iOS device on the forum, you must upload it to an 
image hosting website such as postimg.org or download the Photobucket App from the Apple 
App Store.

Taking a screenshot on Apple Watch
Although you cannot play 8 Ball Pool on your Apple Watch, this helps to screenshot any necessary information on your wearable device.
Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch, then immediately press and release the Digital Crown. After you take a screenshot, you can find it in the Photos app on your iPhone.

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Taking a screenshot on an Android Device
This works for most modern Android devices including smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 or later
1. Hold down Volume Down and Power for one to two seconds. The screen will briefly flash white and save your entire screen.
2. Look for a Screenshots folder in your Gallery or Photos app.

"I see no flash and no screenshots. Is there something else I could try?"

1. Hold down Home and Power at once for one to two seconds. he screen will briefly flash white and save your entire screen.
If you experience any issues with any of the instructions above, please let us know so we can make the appropriate changes to keep a working list for all. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this thread possible!
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Comments

  • Its really helpful! thank you very much, Dalton :)
  • Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum Moderator Los Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
    @sparkz112 Thanks for the feedback, glad to hear it was helpful!
  • Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum Moderator Los Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
    Assuming you're referring to Windows, the start button can be found at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Khaledy10Khaledy10 Posts: 201 Pool Pro
    @RAheel, its not a start button, just look at the top of your key board the button beside "F12" it is usually called PrtScn. :)
  • Quite a helpful guide Dalton, Im always seeing people asking about this. Nice to have a fully detailed thread with all this stuff :)
  • SunidhifanSunidhifan Earthbound....Posts: 5,631 Pool Forum VIP
    Great thread.....I have an odd question that you might know the answer to......

    My son bought me a new keyboard last year since mine was shot......however, he bought a Macally keyboard....lol....specifically designed for use on Mac's......It works on my PC and I have been able to figure out all the equivelant functions and alt key uses (I used mac for graphic arts school so familiar with them)....except the prt scr function......there is none on the keyboard....just F1 through F15.......so I have to use the snipping tool.....but there are situations where that is quite inconvenient......

    Do you know of an equivelant for that?
  • kunal908kunal908 Posts: 3,605 Pool Champion
    Hey @Sunidhifan,

    Command shift F3 for the whole screen and command shift F4 to take a pic of part of the screen(drag your cursor across what you want).

    This is what google says me, hope that helps!
  • The Titan!The Titan! Posts: 819 Pool Expert
    Some laptops don't have the Print Screen button, they can download Lightshot, it's very easy to use.
    http://lightshot.en.softonic.com/
  • Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum Moderator Los Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
    Sunidhifan wrote: »
    Great thread.....I have an odd question that you might know the answer to......

    My son bought me a new keyboard last year since mine was shot......however, he bought a Macally keyboard....lol....specifically designed for use on Mac's......It works on my PC and I have been able to figure out all the equivelant functions and alt key uses (I used mac for graphic arts school so familiar with them)....except the prt scr function......there is none on the keyboard....just F1 through F15.......so I have to use the snipping tool.....but there are situations where that is quite inconvenient......

    Do you know of an equivelant for that?

    Unfortunately, without the proper keyboard for a Window's computer, the Snipping Tool sounds like it may be your only option. A keyboard that caters to Windows will give you the ability to take advantage of the included keys to take a screenshot using some of Windows faster methods.
    kunal908 wrote: »
    Hey @Sunidhifan,

    Command shift F3 for the whole screen and command shift F4 to take a pic of part of the screen(drag your cursor across what you want).

    This is what google says me, hope that helps!

    Sadly this is only a function that works on Macs. A Windows computer using a Mac keyboard will not have the same outcome. :/
  • SunidhifanSunidhifan Earthbound....Posts: 5,631 Pool Forum VIP
    @Kunal...thanks, but as Dalton said, it does not work.....

    @Aliye - Thanks...will probably just wait till I get a new computer this Summer...and use the snipping tool then....I actually like the snipping tool, but sometimes it is inconvenient versus the prnt scr function....oh well....lol

    @ Dalton...thank you very much.....I was afraid that was the case.....lol...
  • Jerry TomlinsonJerry Tomlinson Posts: 680 Pool Expert
    I had no idea I could take a screenshot on an iPad. How cool is this! Thanks!
  • Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum Moderator Los Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
    I had no idea I could take a screenshot on an iPad. How cool is this! Thanks!

    You're very welcome, Jerry! Glad we could help out! :)
  • Minestrone FatsMinestrone Fats Posts: 14 Pool Player
    Hi Dalton, In Vista I find that the Alt key and Prt Sc does not produce the live window, it does the same as just the Prt Sc as you say and gives you the whole screen. It is the Ctrl + Prt Sc that produces the desired result of the live window. Hope this helps.
  • abhinav pabhinav p Posts: 1
    we can also use snipping tool
  • Dalton ModeratorDalton Moderator Forum Moderator Los Angeles, CAPosts: 6,937 mod
    Hi Dalton, In Vista I find that the Alt key and Prt Sc does not produce the live window, it does the same as just the Prt Sc as you say and gives you the whole screen. It is the Ctrl + Prt Sc that produces the desired result of the live window. Hope this helps.

    Hi Minestrone,

    Thanks for this information! I use a Mac, so I wouldn't have a clue. However, I do have a Windows PC here at home I can try this on unless someone is also able to backup this claim. So we have the most accurate thread, I'd like to have at least two or three people make sure they're getting the same results.

    Thanks again, really appreciate you checking on that for us! :)

    Dalton
  • I had no idea I could take a screenshot on an iPad. How cool is this! Thanks!

    what the...

  • The Titan!The Titan! Posts: 819 Pool Expert
    edited July 2015
    @Aliye - Thanks...will probably just wait till I get a new computer this Summer...and use the snipping tool then....I actually like the snipping tool, but sometimes it is inconvenient versus the prnt scr function....oh well....lol
    I also find Print Screen Button better. But i need it to do one thing, Just save the screenshot at a chosen place. So i can take another screen shot momentarily.
    Btw if you use a laptop. You can connect a Keyboard with it. :smiley:

  • AgentCueballAgentCueball Posts: 9,722
    The Titan! wrote: »
    @Aliye - Thanks...will probably just wait till I get a new computer this Summer...and use the snipping tool then....I actually like the snipping tool, but sometimes it is inconvenient versus the prnt scr function....oh well....lol
    I also find Print Screen Button better. But i need it to do one thing, Just save the screenshot at a chosen place. So i can take another screen shot momentarily.
    Btw if you use a laptop. You can connect a Keyboard with it. :smiley:

    me, too ... prnt scrn button and Paint Shop Pro 5 ... snipping tool somehow quits working (R.I.P.) :lol:
  • MemristorMemristor Posts: 31
    VOUCH. PrtSc key and Paint Shop Pro 7 in my case.
  • Lightshot is the easiest way to take screenshots as well as to save them on your computer or share them with friends, on forums etc
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