Take a Screen Capture

In the online environment, being able to capture graphs, images and equations is an important skills for assignments, discussion forums and even troubleshooting issue with your instructor to the help desk.

Most new operating systems come equipped with some sore of screen capture tool. Here are the basic ones.

Windows Section

Using Keyboard

  • PrtScn: Another option is to use the print screen ("PrtScn") function which will copy your entire screen, then paste into Word and crop down to only the necessary part of the screen.
  • SHIFT + S: (Windows 10 only)

Using built-in tool

  • Snipping Tool: Computers with Windows Vista and later will have a snipping tool. This will allow you select a portion of your screen. Then, you can copy it and paste it.

macOS Section

Using Keyboard

  • + + 4: This will allow you to select a portion of your screen. By default, this saves your screenshot as a graphic

Using Built-in tool

  • Grab: This tool will allow you to capture, the entire screen or just a selection.

Once you have your image you can then upload it to Canvas or add it to your document.

Uploading an image to a Canvas Forum Section

  1. Click on your name at the upper left of the Canvas screen
  2. Click on the Files link
  3. Click on the blue Upload button in the upper right corner of the screen
  4. Browse through your computer files to select your photo(s) (must be of an image file type: .jpg or .png, for example)
  5. Navigate back to the course, and then to the discussion in which you are going to post
  6. Click on Reply to start a new post
  7. Click on the Embed Image icon in the editor toolbar
  8. Click on the Canvas tab and then on My Files (or to the specific folder to which you uploaded your photo)
  9. Find your photo and click on it; if you'd like, enter dimensions for the photo (or you can resize it later and before you click Post Reply)
  10. Click the blue Update button at the lower left

Cropping a picture in Word

There are times where you have to crop your screenshot to only show certain parts of the image.

How to Crop an Image in Word (Microsoft Support Site)