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Technical Tip: How To Take A Screenshot

When communicating with your visitors, subscribers and customers, you’ll need to show them a screenshot sooner or later.

Whether it’s a screenshot of your income (as most people need to see proof to believe your claims), a screenshot of an instruction (e.g. “click this button”), or anything to better communicate your point to your subscribers – it’s a simple skill which needs to be learned to increase your results.

For example, yesterday’s email to my subscriber list contained a screenshot proving I increased my squeeze page’s opt-in rate by an extra 9.85% – but without that screenshot proof, my point wouldn’t have been communicated as strongly (as most people need to be convinced with proof).

To quickly take a screenshot (or “screen capture”) with your computer, follow these simple steps depending on your computer…

Windows 7 & Vista Users

If your computer runs on Windows 7 or Vista, there is a great piece of free software called the “Snipping Tool” which already comes pre-installed with your computer.

To find it, just press the start button in the bottom left, type “Snipping Tool” into the search box, then click on the first result to open it.

Once you’re inside, just drag your mouse cursor across the screen to select which area you’ve like to screenshot. For example, if you’d like to screenshot the entire screen, just drag it from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of your screen.

After you release the mouse button it’ll show your screenshot on screen, which allows you to draw on the image (useful for circling buttons, links, and important parts of the image) and save it to your computer by clicking the Save button.

That’s it!

Everyone Else (or if you’re not sure!)

There are many alternatives to the Snipping Tool, but the two best ones are:

  1. Jing – DownloadTutorials
  2. Skitch – DownloadTutorials (lower down the page)

Both are free to download and use, and contain the feature to screenshot the entire screen or selected portions of it. Plus, you can also annotate your screenshots, if needed.

Once you get the hang of this process, it’s possible to create and save a screenshot within just a few seconds.

I hope this helps, and let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions 🙂

Talk soon!
- James Francis.

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