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Ted and Judy’s Android Adventures: Chapter 8: Shoot the Screen!

No – I am NOT suggesting that you go Elvis on your computers and other devices, although the temptation is sometimes there.

When using any device, be it a computer, tablet, phone, etc., instances will arise when you want to capture the entire contents of what is currently on the screen, and save it as a picture file. This is generally called a screen shot. The picture can then be emailed, included in other documents, etc.

On both the Galaxy S4 phone and Galaxy Tab4 tablet (and probably on other Android devices of this vintage), you do the following:

  • Navigate to the desired screen
  • Simultaneously press the Home and Power keys (location of these will depend on the device) – a white border will flash, and the device will make an old-fashioned camera click sound
  • The picture will be saved in the Gallery app in the Screenshots album (this can be a bit disconcerting since you need to keep in mind that you are looking at a screenshot and not what is currently appearing on the device itself)
  • Share the resulting pictures as desired – for this example, I put a screenshot in the cloud on OneDrive so that I can copy it to my PC later
  • Give the cloud app some time to sync (it took about five minutes in this example) – upon looking at the file directory, I discovered that the screenshots are saved as PNG files, a very common picture format.

Here is a sample result, from the Twitter app on the phone!

Screenshot example

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