How to Do a Screen Shot on an Acer Computer

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How to Do a Screen Shot on an Acer Computer
Acer keyboards use the abbreviation "PrtSc" or "PrtScn" for the "Print Screen" key. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Computer keyboards come with a specific key that can take a snapshot, or screen shot, of the objects shown on an Acer monitor. You can take a screen shot of the entire screen, or of just one window, and then save the screen shot as an image file -- such as JPG, GIF or PNG -- in a photo-editing application, such as Paint. After saving the image to your computer, you can share the picture with others.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Press "PrtSc" or "PrtScn" to take a screen shot of the entire screen. Hold down "Alt," then press the "PrtSc" or "PrtScn" key to capture the active window.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Start" menu. Select "All Programs," "Accessories" and then "Paint." Hold down the "Ctrl" and "V" keys simultaneously to paste the screenshot into Paint.

  3. 3

    Hold down the "Ctrl" and "S" keys simultaneously to save the file. Name the screen shot, browse to a location to write the file to, then click "Save" to save the screen shot to the Acer computer.

Tips and warnings

  • If your Acer is running Linux, use the same steps to take and save a screen shot. However, Linux doesn't come with Windows Paint, so you can download, install and use an open-source application like GIMP, GNU Paint or Krita instead.
  • If you have a non-Acer keyboard hooked up to your computer, the "Print Screen" key might look like "Prt Scr," "Print Screen," "Prt Sc" or a similar variation.

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