There are times when a picture is worth a thousand words. Tech writers especially understand the importance of being able to take a screen clip of a computer screen’s display.
Transitioning from a laptop to a tablet presents an interesting challenge in capturing screen images. The challenge for this writer is she didn’t know how to do it. Without a keyboard the Alt + Prnt Scrn keys aren’t available to capture the image and send it to the clipboard. Fortunately, I’ve discovered four ways to accomplish the task on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (these methods may work on other Android devices also).
- On + Home button method: This one is simple. Just depress the power On button and the Home button simultaneously (for extreme newbies, the Home button is the oval button located at the bottom center of the Galaxy Note 10.1.)
- Palm Swipe: This one is a little trickier. Before you start swiping, make sure you’ve enabled this feature. Go to Settings, Controls and make sure the Palm Motion switch is set to “On.” Once it’s enabled all you have to do is hold your hand perpendicular to the screen and swipe from left to right or right to left to capture the screen.
- Using the S-Pen (aka stylus): Hold and press the S-Pen on the screen and depress the button on the S-Pen. This method takes some getting used to. I’m not always successful with this method. For example, I tried grabbing a screen shot while drafting this post in KingOffice and was unsuccessful. Instead of taking a screen clip it either brought up the S-Pen Air Command menu or it brought up the Select/Select All/Paste menu option from the word processing program.
- Download a screen capture app: There are several apps created for the sole purpose of taking screen captures.
In my limited experience, I find the On + Home button method to work best for screen shots that display sliding menu options. I don’t quite have the palm swipe knack yet. Every time I swipe with my palm, my sliding menu retreats back to its hole and I get a screen clip that does not display the menu.
On + Home is the most reliable, but the palm swipe is the most convenient because it only requires one hand. The S-Pen takes some practice. I eventually got the S-Pen capture method to work for me, but I don’t think it will be my primary screen clip method. That’s the benefit of having so many methods. If one doesn’t feel like a natural fit, there’s always another way to get the job done.