Using PRINT SCREEN to capture and print trip maps

Sometimes you may want to keep a visual record of a trip or zone.

The easiest way to do this is to use Windows and Apple's built in Print Screen command.

This COPY's whatever you are seeing on the screen and you can then PASTE the content into Word, Powerpoint or Paint or Photoshop etc.

1. COPY the map

First, Set up the map on screen as you would like to see it printed - see below

Then look at your keyboard and identify the PRINT SCREEN button that should be located in this area:

Depending on whether you are using a Windows or Apple machine you can use the keyboard shortcuts below:

Windows Print Screen Keyboard Shortcuts

By default, there isn't too much option in doing screen capture but enough to get the basic job done. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to do screen capture (print screen) in Windows.

PrtScn – The Print Screen button will save the entire screen in clipboard. You will then need to further edit it in some image editing programs or Microsoft Words. 

Alt + PrtScn – By holding Alt key while pressing PrtScn button, it captures only the active window. That means the window screen currently in view.

Mac Print Screen Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac OSX covers more different ways to do screen capturing. It allows you to print screen active/non-active windows, full screen and selective area.

The following screen capture shortcuts print and output images on desktop in the format of .PNG (Portable Network Graphics)

Command + Shift + 3 – Prints the entire screen, everything inside your monitor screen. 

Command + Shift + 4 – Prints the screen according to user selection. By using the following shortcut, your cursor will turned into a cross-hair and allows you to select the area you want to capture. 


Once you have "copied" the map area or full screen area, go to the application that you would like to print from e.g. Word or Paint, and press the "CTRL" and "V" keys (WINDOWS) or "Comand" and "V" (Mac) on your keyboard simultaneously and the image will appear in your application.

Alternatively you can "Right Click" with your mouse and choose "PASTE" from the menu that appears.

You can then use the programes PRINT function to output your map or you can email the map vas an attachment.

Tip: many mail clients will allow you to PASTE the copied map image directly into your email!

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