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Tech Advice

Tech Advice



One of the best ways of capturing evidence is to take a screenshot/snapshot of what you see on your computer or phone screen.

These are easy and quick to do, and retain all the evidence you will need.

Here is a simple guide on how to take screenshots with some of the most popular devices.

Iphones, ipads & android phones

If you are using an iphone or ipad you can hold down the “home” button and press the “power” button. Your screenshot will be saved in the photo or picture gallery on your phone.

If you are using an Android phone such as Android 4.0, Samsung Galaxy or Note, you can take screenshots using this process.

If you are not sure how to take a screenshot with your phone you can enter a search on Google, “how to take a screenshot on – “ and enter the model of your phone.

Once you have saved the evidence you can email it to yourself and place it your evidence folder on your PC or laptop at home.

Laptops & PC’s

Depending on which operating system you are using, taking a screenshot on your PC or laptop is quick and easy. Most screenshots can be taken by pressing a combination of keys and the shot is taken instantly and stored on your computer automatically.

Here are some examples of the most popular systems used.

Microsoft Windows


To take a screenshot of what is on your screen, hold down the “alt” key and press “print screen” key.

You will now need to retrieve the screenshot and save it in your evidence folder. Windows operating systems store screenshots in “Microsoft Paint/Clipboard” or “Snipping Tool”.

Getting the Screenshot off the Clipboard

Using Microsoft Paint

To open Paint, open the Start menu, click on "All Programs", click on "Accessories", and click on "Paint".

You may have Paint on your Start Menu already. If you see it, click it.


Click the "Select" tool along the top bar and choose "Rectangular Select" in Paint. Right-click on the canvas and select "Paste". Your screenshot will be pasted onto the canvas.  

You can also paste the screenshot directly into a word document or an email by right-clicking the page that you are composing and selecting "Paste."

You can also hold down "Ctrl" and press "V" to paste.

On Windows XP and earlier, you can open the "Edit" menu and select "Paste" to paste.

Save the screenshot

Click on File, then select "Save As..." (Windows Vista and earlier), or click on the menu button (the blue button beside the "Home" button) and select "Save As" (Windows 7 and later).

Type in a file name and change the "Save as type:" field if desired. Read the "Tips" section for information on file types. You can now send the screenshot by email or put it on a website.


Apple Mac/MacBook

Taking a screenshot with Apple Mac couldn’t be easier.

Press Command+Shift+3.

This method will save the screenshot directly to your desktop where you can drag and drop it into your evidence folders.

If you are using another operating system you will be able to find out how to take screenshots by entering a search on Google “how to take screenshots with – “ and enter your operating system name.