HOWTO: Take A Screenshot – Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Pixel

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Take A Screenshot

One of the most useful and needed features on most screens nowadays is the screenshot or screen capture.

Bizarre how it’s so hidden away and not obvious on Macs, Windows, iPhones and across many other devices and operating systems.
Take a look below and easily discover how you can easily capture your screen no matter what platform. Have a platform not covered?  Leave a comment.

Take a Screen Shot in Microsoft Windows

Screenshot TypeDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
Entire ScreenCaptures the entire screen as you see it now including all menus, windows, etc.Use the key combo: Windows Key + PrtSc (or Print Screen)Folder: User\Pictures\Screenshots
Active WindowCaptures only the active window.Use the key combo: Alt Key + PrtSc (or Print Screen)Folder: User\Pictures\Screenshots
Selected AreaUse the mouse to select the area of the screen you'd like to captureUse the Snipping Tool (Windows 7 or later only)
1. Click Start > All Apps > Accessories > Snipping Tool
2. Click New > Rectangular Snip
3. Select the area of the screen you'd like to capture
4. Back in Snipping Tool, click File > Save As...
Folder of your choice

Take a Screen Shot on Windows Phone

VersionDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
Windows Phone 8.0Captures the entire screenPress & hold the Power button and Windows button together.Pictures Library > Screenshots
Windows Phone 8.1Captures the entire screenPress & hold the Power button and Volume Up button together.Pictures Library > Screenshots
Windows TabletCaptures the entire screenPress & hold the Windows button and Volume Down button together.Pictures Library > Screenshots

Take a Screen Shot in Apple Mac OSX / MacOS

Screenshot TypeDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
Entire Screen to FileCaptures the entire screen as you see it now including all menus, windows, etc.Command + Shift + 3Desktop
Entire Screen to ClipboardCaptures the entire screen as you see it now including all menus, windows, etc.Command + Shift + Control + 3Clipboard
Any Open Window/Application to FileCaptures any application window you choose.Command + Shift + 4 + SpaceDesktop
Any Open Window/Application to File to ClipboardCaptures any application window you choose.Command + Shift + 4 + SpaceClipboard
Selected Area to FileUse the mouse to select the area of the screen you'd like to captureCommand + Shift + 4Desktop
Selected Area to ClipboardUse the mouse to select the area of the screen you'd like to captureCommand + Shift + Control + 4Clipboard
Timed Screenshot or any of the aboveGain more control or time your screenshots using the built in 'Grab' utility.Applications > Utilities > GrabCustomisable

Take a Screen Shot on Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

VersionDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
All DevicesCaptures the entire screenPress & hold the Power button and Home button together.Photos App

Take a Screen Shot on Google Pixel

VersionDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
Google PixelCaptures the entire screenPress & hold the Power button and Volume Down button together.Notifications shade or in Google Photos

Take a Screen Shot on Samsung Galaxy Phone or Tablet

VersionDescriptionHow To Do ItOutputs To
All Samsung Galaxy Phones & TabletsCaptures the entire screenPress & hold the Power button and Home button together.Gallery App or My Files browser

SSD Is The New RAM

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SSD Is The New RAM

Solid State Drives are sweeping the globe and will eventually render traditional hard disks obsolete.

Since the 90’s the advice you automatically received (or dished out) when asking about speeding up your computer was ” just upgrade your RAM.”

This was touted so much so that even my grandparents knew we weren’t discussing horned, uncastrated, male sheep.

Nowadays however, most people’s RAM is well into the GB’s and hard disks have simply lagged behind in terms of significant performance improvements – until now that is.

In many cases people even have too much memory installed now.  Operating systems simply aren’t utilizing it all and in some cases it’s even slowing down computers as the OS tries to manage it all.

Enter SSD (or Solid State Drives) drives, the ultra small, ultra light, ultra quick storage devices about to sweep the market and destined to make traditional hard disks obsolete.  These are essential memory but advances in technology has brought us robustness, non-volatile (it keeps your data without power) storage with massive speed improvements over hard disks.

The key here for most people is ‘quick’.  With speeds easily exceeding 10x faster (yes, TEN TIMES FASTER) than your regular hard disk you can imagine what this thing is going to do to even an oldish PC or Mac.Kingston SSD Drive

Well, in fact, I can tell you – it will breathe new life into it.

I recently upgraded my own 4 year old MacBook which was about to head for the trash due to its increasingly sluggish performance and now it flies.  I would even go so far as to say it is faster now then when it was new and I’ve saved a fortune as I don’t need to buy a new Mac now.

Previously SSD was used exclusively in ultra portable devices such as tablets, iPods and netbooks because of it’s small size and light weight but wow was it expensive if you wanted to get your hands on one for your PC or Mac.

Only a year ago it was priced at about $3 per GB  but now due to mass manufacturing and every hard disk and memory manufacturer (these things are made of memory) getting into the game means prices are plummeting and set to continue that way.  For example the 120GB drive I bought recently was just around $1 per GB.

Itching to know how it works?

Well of course it depends entirely on your current PC or Mac but safe to say if it has an SATA controller then you’re looking at a relatively painless upgrade.

Check out the articles coming over the next few days and weeks on buying an SSD disk, the relatively painless steps to installing and migrating your existing data and operating system and how to utilise your old slow hard disk for other purposes such as backup.

 

HOWTO: Move Google Mail (Gmail) Notes to iCloud

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Want To Move Gmail Notes to iCloud?

If you have been syncing your Gmail notes to your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and have now also enabled iCloud Notes sync then you’ll probably notice your Gmail Notes don’t sync across to iCloud.

This is because they are treated as two separate accounts on your iOS device so you’ll need to consolidate them into one account – in this case, I’ve chosen iCloud to store all my notes since I hardly ever create notes in Gmail.

This article solves the problem of how to move all of your notes from your Gmail Notes account to your iCloud notes account without having to copy/paste the contents of each note.

We’ll then delete the Gmail account as it’s not needed anymore (unless you want to store future notes in Gmail).

Moving Gmail Notes To iCloud Using Your Mac

Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)

In Mountain Lion we have the new stand alone Notes app so the instructions are a little different to older versions of OS X.

First we need to have both our iCloud and our Gmail account setup on the Mac and then we’ll move the Notes.

  1. Open System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars (should also be & Notes but hey, even Apple aren’t perfect)
  2. If you haven’t yet added your iCloud account, click the plus (+) symbol > click iCloud.  If you have already set it up then just make sure Notes is checked in the right side.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and click Create.
  4. When the process is complete, ensure Notes is ticked on the right.Notes Accounts Mac iPhone iPad
  5. Now click plus (+) symbol again and choose Gmail on the right.
  6. Enter your Gmail account details and click Setup.
  7. Uncheck everything except Notes and click Add Account.
  8. Now open the Notes app (it’s in the Dock by default or hit CMD+Space and type Notes)
  9. You should see two accounts on the left (see screenshot).  Click on the Gmail account.
  10. Now do a Select All (CMD+A).
  11. Now drag and drop all of the Notes on top of the iCloud account.

That’s it!
All of your Gmail notes have now been moved into your iCloud account.
You should now remove your Gmail account again from your Mac and also from your iPhone leaving your Notes entirely on iCloud.

Lion or earlier (OS X 10.7)

Before Mountain Lion Notes were hidden away in the Mail app.

First we need to have both our iCloud and our Gmail account setup on the Mac and then we’ll move the Notes.

  1. Open System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars (should also be & Notes but hey, even Apple aren’t perfect)
  2. If you haven’t yet added your iCloud account, click the plus (+) symbol > click iCloud.  If you have already set it up then just make sure Mail & Notes is checked in the right side.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and click Create.
  4. When the process is complete, ensure Mail & Notes is ticked on the right.Apple Mail Notes Gmail Google Mail Sync
  5. Now click plus (+) symbol again and choose Gmail on the right.
  6. Enter your Gmail account details and click Setup.
  7. Uncheck everything except Mail & Notes and click Add Account.
  8. Now open the Mail app (it’s in the Dock by default or hit CMD+Space and type Mail)
  9. You should see three accounts on the left (see screenshot).  If you don’t see your Gmail notes account as shown, right click Notes > Get Account Info > Change Account to Gmail > Mailbox Behaviors tab > uncheck Show Notes in Inbox > close Account Info and Gmail should appear.
  10. Click on the Gmail account.  Your Gmail notes should appear on the right.
  11. Now do a Select All (CMD+A).
  12. Now drag and drop all of the Notes on top of the iCloud account.

That’s it!
All of your Gmail notes have now been moved into your iCloud account.
You should now remove your Gmail account again from your Mac (if you want!) and also from your iPhone leaving your Notes entirely on iCloud.

HOWTO: Sync iCloud Notes Properly On All Your Devices

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Notes Not Syncing As Expected?

Apple’s iCloud was recently improved with new features and enhanced existing ones.

One of those was the syncing of all your Notes between your iOS devices and your Mac or PC.

With the launch of OS X Mountain Lion this is even more useful as Apple introduced a desktop version of the popular iOS app, Notes.

So, you are probably experiencing the problem that so many others are right now which is that you enable iCloud sync for your Notes on your device and expect them to automatically show up on all your other devices, but they don’t.

The problem here is that when you enable Notes sync through the iCloud setting screen on your iOS device it will only sync new Notes and not existing ones.

The slow and tedious way to fix this is to simply copy/paste the contents of your existing Notes into a new Note but of course there’s a better way, especially for those who have a lot of Notes on their devices.

Setting up Notes Sync on iCloud

For this article I am going to explain how to sync an iOS device with a Mac running OS X Lion.

It should be very similar if not identical for all iOS devices (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) and all recent versions of Mac OS X that support iCloud (OS X 10.7.4 or later).

So, if you’re reading this then you’ve probable got this far, by enabling syncing of Notes (Settings > iCloud > Notes > ON) on your iOS device only to see nothing sync then you may also have noticed a change in your Notes app.

There should now be at least two accounts (tap Accounts in the top left corner of Notes app), iCloud and On My iPad (or On My iPhone or On My iPod).

iCloud will probably be empty to start with and On This iPad will have all your existing Notes in it – which won’t sync to iCloud.

From the actual iOS device, there is no way, apart from manually copy/pasting the contents of all your Notes, to sync the On My iPad (or On My iPhone or On My iPod) account with the iCloud account.  For this. we must use your Mac (or possibly PCs, let’s come back to that – leave a comment!).

Syncing iCloud Account with On My iPad (or On My iPhone or On My iPod) Account

To get these in sync (and eventually remove the On My iPadaccount completely) do the following on your Mac:

  1. Open Apple Mail
  2. Add a new account (if you have no accounts, you’ll be prompted, if not click Mail > Preferences > Accounts).
  3. You need to add your iCloud account which is added using your @me.com address that you were prompted to created when you tried to enable Notes syncing on your iOS device.  Enter your address as [email protected] and your password (which is the same as your Apple account password) > click Create and Create again.
  4. When Mail opens, the left side navigator may not be visible > click Show to see it.
  5. In the left navigator, you should see a section called Reminders and beneath that Notes with two sub-sections, On My Mac and iCloud.  At this point, iCloud should show anything you’ve already created on your iOS devices iCloud account and On My Mac will be empty.
  6. Connect your iOS device to your Mac by USB.
  7. Open iTunes.
  8. Select your iOS device from the left side.
  9. Click the Info tab on the right side.
  10. Scroll and place a check mark in Sync Notes > click Apply > click Sync.
  11. If prompted to Merge or Replace choose Merge.
  12. When the sync is complete, switch back to the Mail app and look in the On My Mac section – you should see all of the Notes that were on your iOS device.
  13. Select all Notes (CMD+A) and Cut (CMD+X) them to the clipboard.
  14. Click the iCloud Notes account and paste (CMD+V) the Notes into iCloud.  After a few minutes, you’ll see all your Notes in the iCloud account section on your iOS device but you’ll also still see them in the other account (now called ‘From My Mac’) so let’s get rid of the duplicates now.
  15. Switch back to iTunes.
  16. Select your iOS device from the left side.
  17. Click the Info tab on the right side.
  18. Scroll and remove the check mark in Sync Notes.
  19. When prompted if you want to Keep Notes or Remove Notes, click Remove Notes > click Apply.

Now iTunes will sync once more and you’re done.

On your iOS device you’ll now notice that you no longer have multiple accounts or multiple Notes but just one clean list of Notes which are all stored in iCloud.

If you have multiple iOS devices, simply rinse and repeat.