On a Mac

Using keyboard commands

MacOS keyboard commands are the easiest and quickest way to take a screenshot on a Mac, whether you’re capturing the entire screen or just a portion of it. By default, all of Apple’s own methods will save your screenshot to your desktop.

Capture the entire screen

Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.

Step 2: That will save a copy of your screen to your desktop. You can alternatively press the same combination with the Control key in order to save the image to your clipboard.
To upload it onto the Octoly Platform, you will find the screenshot in your Desktop.

If you want, you can also capture just a selected area (e.g. the review box in the product page)

Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously.

Step 2: With your pointer turned into a crosshair, click and drag to select the region you wish to capture, in this case the review box. When you let go of your mouse button, the screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

Step 3: Alternatively, if you’re using MacOS Mojave or later, press Command + Shift + 5 keys simultaneously to get an on-screen marquee showing what will be captured. This can be moved or resized as necessary. This key combination also gives you a menu with options such as where to save the screenshot, whether to show the pointer and more.

Your selection will then be saved to the desktop. Alternatively, also press the Control key and your screenshot will instead be saved to the clipboard.

On a PC

Step 1: Capture the image

Bring up whatever it is you want to capture on your screen, - e.g. the review that you just typed in the dedicated box - and press the Print Screen (often shortened to “PrtScn”) key. It is typically located in the upper-right corner of your keyboard and will take a screengrab of everything on all of your displays. Alternatively, press Alt + Print Screen to capture a screenshot of the active window. If you’re on a laptop, you may need to press Fn + Print Screen or the Windows key + Print Screen if your laptop has another feature assigned to that particular key.

On many computers, your screen will flicker or darken briefly to let you know that the screenshot has been taken. However, sometimes there’s no obvious sign that screenshot worked, so you’ll have to look in your storage to make sure it was taken.

Step 2: Open Paint

Verify that the screenshot is in the Screenshots folder.

You can now save it and upload it onto the Octoly Platform to finalize your review. 

And that’s it! You’re done!

On an iPad

How to take a screenshot on an iPad using the Top and Home or Volume up buttons

Step 1: Locate the Home and Top (Power) buttons. The Home button is located directly below your iPad’s display and is the only button on the front-side of the iPad. The Top button, on the other hand, is the oval-shaped button atop the iPad in the right-hand corner. If you have a new, 2018 iPad Pro, then you need to find the Volume Up button, since there is no Home button.

Step 2: Press and hold the Top button when viewing the screen you want to capture -e.g. your review in the product page-, then tap the Home button and release both. For the 2018 iPad Pro, press and hold the Top button and then tap the Volume up button and release both. Your iPad screen will then flash momentarily if done correctly, and you’ll hear a faint shutter noise, assuming your device isn’t in silent mode.

Step 3: Once captured, your iPad will automatically save the screenshot directly to your camera roll in the Photos app. Tap the Photos app as you would normally — the app icon resembles a multicolored flower — and swipe to the bottom of the screen to view your recently captured screenshot.

(You can then upload it onto the Octoly App for example to finalize your review)

On an Android tablet

The stock Android method of shooting the screen is to press and hold both the Volume Down and Power/Lock keys at the same time. Upon success, the touchscreen image reduces in size, you may hear a shutter sound, and the screen shot is saved.

  • Screen shots are accessed through the Photos app. If your tablet uses the old Gallery app, you’ll find screen shots in their own album.
  • Some Samsung tablets use the Motion command to capture the screen: Hold your hand perpendicular to the tablet, like you’re giving it a karate chop. Swipe the edge of your palm over the screen, right-to-left or left-to-right. Upon success, you hear a shutter sound.
  • Internally, screen shots are stored in the Pictures/Screenshots folder. They’re created in the PNG graphics file format.
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