how to take a screenshot on an iPhone (any generation) | Digital Trends

how to take a screenshot on an iPhone (any generation) | Digital Trends

There’s no print screen button on your iPhone, but you can take a screenshot on an iPhone with just a couple of button presses. It doesn’t matter if you have the iPhone 8, iPhone 15, or any other model of iPhone — they can all do this. Using screenshots is a perfect way to share problems with smartphone updates, funny things you see on websites, or that weird text you just got. All you need to know is what the right buttons are, which we’ll cover here, alongside a few techniques to spruce up your iPhone screenshotting game.

Note: Are you a MacOS user? If so, we have also have a comprehensive guide on how to take a screenshot on a Mac.

Taking a screenshot is as simple as pressing two of the physical buttons at the same time, but which two buttons to press depends on which model of iPhone you’re using.

Taking a screenshot on newer iPhones

Here are the buttons to press if you have an iPhone without a home button. Which is to say you are using one of the best iPhones of today.

Step 1: The first button you’ll need to press is the button located near the top-right corner of your iPhone. This is the same button you normally press to turn your screen off and lock your iPhone.

Step 2: The other button you’ll need to press is Volume Up, located on the left side of your iPhone.


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Step 3: To take the screenshot, press the two buttons at the same time.

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Taking a screenshot on an iPhone with a “Home” button

If you still have an older iPhone, or just picked up a refurbished iPhone that’s on the older side, you will follow the same steps as above, but will press the home button as the second button described above.

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Capturing a screenshot using AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch allows the user to perform more complex touch-based commands on the iPhone — like pinching, multifinger swiping, or activating 3D Touch — through a simple menu that is just a few taps away. This is useful for a lot of things, but in this case it’s an alternative way to get screenshots if one of your buttons isn’t working properly of you’re unable to press both of them at the same time. Here’s how to set this up and use it.

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Accessibility.

Step 3: Tap Touch.

Step 4: Tap AssistiveTouch

Step 5: Toggle AssistiveTouch on. You’ll see the AssistiveTouch button appear on your screen, resembling a series of faded, concentric circles.

Step 6: Tap Double-Tap.

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Step 7: Scroll down and tap Screenshot.

Step 8: Swipe up to return to the Home Screen. The AssistiveTouch button should remain on screen.

Step 9: When you find a screen that you want to save an image of, double-tap the AssistiveTouch button. Your iPhone display will briefly flash white and you’ll also hear the same shutter noise that you do when taking a picture in the iPhone Camera app, as long as your device isn’t in silent mode.

Step 10: A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen. After a few seconds, this will disappear and the screenshot will be automatically saved to your photo library. You can also swipe it away at any time to save it to your photo library immediately, or tap on it to crop, annotate, or share it using the steps described earlier.

Note that AssistiveTouch offers a number of other ways to do this as well. For example, if you prefer, you can assign the Screenshot shortcut to a Long Press instead of a Double-Tap. You can also single-tap on the AssistiveTouch button to open a menu that includes a wealth of other functions. You can also capture a screenshot from this menu by tapping Device > More > Screenshot, which could be useful if you’d rather assign the Double-Tap and Long Press actions to perform other tasks.

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Edit and annotate a captured screenshot

Once you successfully capture a screenshot, you’ll see a small preview in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This preview will automatically disappear in a few seconds, but you can also swipe it to the left to dismiss it. In this case, the screenshot gets tucked away safely in your photo library and you can carry on with whatever you were doing before.

However, you can also pull up the screenshot to make some quick edits and annotations before that happens. Here’s how.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, tap on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Your screenshot will open in a simplified editing window, ready to be cropped or annotated.

Step 3: If you would prefer to save only a portion of your screenshot, you adjust the cropping handles to draw a box around the portion you want to keep. You can also use the standard pinch-to-zoom gesture to enlarge a portion of your screenshot.

Step 4: You can also add markup and other annotations to your screenshot by drawing with your finger. A variety of different annotation tools can be found at the bottom of the editing screen. You can also find Undo and Redo buttons at the top of the screen so you can walk back any edits you don’t like.

Step 5: To add advanced annotations, such as a text box, magnifier loupe, or your signature, tap the Plus button in the bottom-right corner and choose the appropriate options from the pop-up menu.

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Step 6: When you’re finished making edits, tap Done in the upper-left corner.

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Step 7: Choose Save to Photos or Save to Files to save the resulting image to your photo library or iCloud Drive, respectively. You can also tap Delete Screenshot if you’ve changed your mind and don’t want to save it.

Note that if you take multiple screenshots in succession, they’ll all come up in the editing window at the same time. You can swipe left and right to move between them and edit each one individually. You can discard an individual screenshot from this editing view by tapping the Trash can icon at the top of the screen. Tapping Done will prompt you to save or delete the entire set.

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Share a screenshot

By default, screenshots are automatically saved to your photo library, where you can share them in the same way as any other photo. However, if you’re grabbing a screenshot specifically to share with somebody or post on social media, you can share it right away. This also lets you avoid saving a copy to your photo library if you don’t need to keep it around afterward. Here’s how.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, tap on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Your screenshot will open in the annotation mode described in the last section.

Step 3: If you want to crop or annotate your screenshot before sharing it, go right ahead.

Step 4: When finished, tap the Share button in the top-right corner.

Step 5: The standard iOS Share Sheet will appear, letting you send the image out via text message or email, post it on social media, send it to another Apple device via AirDrop, or even save it somewhere else, like in Apple Notes.

Step 6: If you want to share your screenshot to another service, tap the Share button again. You can repeat these steps as often as you like to share to multiple places.

Step 7: When you’re finished sharing, tap Done in the upper-left corner.

Step 8: Choose Save to Photos or Save to Files if you want to keep a copy of your screenshot; otherwise tap Delete Screenshot. This option only affects whether the screenshot gets saved in your photo library or iCloud Drive —i t will still be sent or saved in all of the other places you’ve shared it to.

Further reading

Did you know that you can use button combinations to restore your iPhone? Check out our guide to learn how. If you’re new to iOS, there are even more iOS tips and tricks to help you master your iPhone.

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How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S24 | Digital Trends

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S24 | Digital Trends

It’s the start of a brand new year, and that means a whole bunch of new phones to look forward to. One of the latest new releases comes from Samsung with the Galaxy S24 series. These phones are packed with new cutting-edge technology like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy processor and plenty of RAM and storage, great camera hardware, and fantastic battery life. Samsung also added a suite of AI powered tools with Galaxy AI to make your life easier than ever.

But sometimes you just need to do the basics, like take a screenshot. Why screenshots? The benefit of them is to capture what you see on your screen right now and share it with others, through something like social networks or a picture message. It’s also incredibly helpful when you want to show others how to do things with their phone.

If you’re coming from an iPhone and new to Android phones, or just need a refresher, here’s how to take screenshots on your new Galaxy S24 device.


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Galaxy S24 screenshot: volume and power buttons

This is what we would consider the easiest way to capture a screenshot on your Galaxy S24, but it’s also very basic. With this method, you will only capture what is currently on the screen right now.

You can also quickly capture multiple screenshots in succession with this method, but you may want to give it a second or two for the screenshot preview thumbnail in the bottom left corner to disappear first (or tap anywhere on the screen before the next screenshot).

Step 1: Place your fingers on the volume down and sleep/wake button at the same time.

Step 2: Press the buttons simultaneously.

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Step 3: You’ll see the S24’s screen quickly flash, indicating you successfully took a screenshot.

Galaxy S24 screenshot: palm swipe to capture

One of the advantages of Android is the fact that there are multiple ways to do one function. For taking screenshots, there is also the palm swipe to capture feature, which lets you do a basic screenshot with a simple gesture, instead of pressing buttons.

When this feature is on, all you need to do is swipe the edge of your hand across the screen for a screenshot. Easy peasy! Here’s how to make sure it’s on first.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Advanced features.

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Step 3: Select Motions and gestures.

Step 4: Make sure that the toggle for Palm swipe to capture is in the On position.

Select Motions and Gestures, select toggle for Palm Swipe to Capture to On.

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Step 5: Now, swipe the edge of your hand across the screen — screenshot captured!

Galaxy S24 screenshot: scrolling screenshot

Have you ever come across something that requires some scrolling, but you want to capture all of it? While you could take a bunch of screenshots, the easier solution is to the scrolling screenshot. Instead of having a bunch that you have to stitch together or just share individually and hope others view them in order, have the phone do all the work for you!

With a scrolling screenshot, it’s basically a very long screenshot that captures the screen while you go down. But before you can access the scrolling screenshot button, you have to take a screenshot with one of the other two methods we’ve already mentioned before the screenshot toolbar pops up, which has the scrolling screenshot button.

Step 1: Take a screenshot with either the button or palm swipe to capture methods that we mentioned above.

Step 2: When the screenshot toolbar appears, select the Scrolling screenshot button that pops up. It has two downward-pointing arrows inside of a square.

Step 3: Keep selecting the Scrolling screenshot button until you’ve captured everything you need. The button will automatically scroll the page down with each press.

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Step 4: You can perform a scrolling screenshot on any page that scrolls, whether that’s a website, Instagram feed, etc.

Galaxy S24 screenshot: smart select

Other times, the opposite is true. You may only need to capture a small section of the screen, not even everything. Perhaps it’s just a paragraph of text from an article you’re reading, or maybe a single comment on a social media post.

Similar to the scrolling screenshot, the option for smart select is only available once you capture a screenshot, as it only shows up in the toolbar.

Step 1: Take a screenshot with either the button or palm swipe to capture methods that we mentioned above.

Step 2: When the Screenshot toolbar appears, select the Smart select button. It features a crop icon with a pencil on top.

Step 3: Drag the Corner handles to adjust your selection. If there are images in the screenshot, tap the blue button to zoom in on the image and crop out everything else.

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Step 4: If you need to Annotate the screenshot, select the Pen icon to bring up the drawing tools.

Step 5: Once you’re done, just select the Share or Save buttons in the toolbar.

Select annotate to mark up the smart selection screenshot, then select share or save.

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Step 6: You can perform this type of screenshot anywhere you’d take a “normal” screenshot. Whether you’re capturing something in Google Chrome, Threads, or anything else, you’ll always have this option available to you.

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Galaxy S24 screenshot: use the S Pen on the S24 Ultra

If you have the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, you have access to one more method of taking screenshots due to the S Pen. Once the S Pen is ejected from its compartment, you get a menu of handy features, including screenshots.

Step 1: Make sure that you’re on the screen that you want to capture on your S24 Ultra.

Step 2: Pull out the S Pen and place the tip of it above the screen without making contact to bring up the Air command menu.

Step 3: Select either Screen write or Smart select.

Step 4: Screen write will capture a screenshot that you can write over if needed. Smart select will only capture a section that you specify, though you can still annotate it if needed.

Step 5: Select Save.

As you can see from this guide, taking a screenshot on your Galaxy S24 is a very simple task. Once you have a screenshot, you can take things a step further with scrolling or smart selection screenshots too, and even annotate if you need to.

And if you have the top tier S24 Ultra, then you have even more options with the integrated S Pen. Not only does the S Pen make it even easier to capture screenshots, but you can use it for other things like Circle to Search and even as a wireless shutter for the camera, among other things.

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How to copy and paste on a Chromebook | Digital Trends

How to copy and paste on a Chromebook | Digital Trends

You can count on Chromebooks to let you copy and paste in the same way you would on a Mac or Windows PC. Ctrl + C and Ctrl +V are still the main copy and paste keyboard shortcuts for Chromebooks. But this doesn’t mean that these two shortcuts are your only option when it comes to copying and pasting on your Chromebook.

In this guide, we’ll also show you methods that incorporate your mouse, your touchpad, and even the use of third-party extensions. Let’s take a closer look at all the different ways you can copy and paste on a Chromebook.

Copying a text selection

Copying and pasting text on a Chromebook is easy. In fact, the method is similar to macOS and Windows. All you need to do is follow three simple steps.

Step 1: On a touchpad, tap and hold one finger, use another finger to drag the mouse cursor over the text you want to copy, and then release both fingers — the text should now be highlighted. On a mouse, press down on the button, create a box around the text, and release.


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Step 2: To copy, press the Ctrl + C keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can select Copy on a pop-up menu when you right-click using a mouse, press the Alt key while tapping a touchpad, or tap with both fingers on a touchpad.

Step 3: To paste, click in the area where you want the copied text to reside and press the Ctrl + V keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can select Paste on a pop-up menu when you right-click using a mouse, press the Alt key while tapping a touchpad, or tap with both fingers on a touchpad.

Since the text remains in the clipboard until you type Ctrl + C again, you can paste the current text multiple times. Chrome OS does not copy text formatting, however, so adjust the style as needed.

Copying images and video

Want to copy a funny cat meme? How about a URL you really want to share? As long as the original source allows you to copy (not all do), this is a simple process.

Step 1: Hover the mouse pointer over the picture or video you want to copy and right-click. On Chromebooks, you can press the Alt key while tapping the touchpad with one finger or use two fingers to tap the touchpad.

Copying a video on Chromebook.

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Step 2: We divided this into two parts.

  • If copying an image: Select Copy image or Copy image address on the pop-up menu. The URL is useful for certain coding or publishing tasks, but generally, copying the image itself is what you want.

  • If copying a video: Select Copy video URL, Copy embed code, or Copy video URL at current time on the pop-up menu. You can use the URL and embed code to copy a video link. For pasting a video into a chat stream or other casual use, you only need the URL.

Step 3: To paste, click in the area where you want the copied text to reside and press the Ctrl + V keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can select Paste on a pop-up menu when you right-click using a mouse, press the Alt key while tapping a touchpad, or tap with both fingers on a touchpad.

Note that if you are clicking a thumbnail or a linked image, you will see an option to Copy link address. This merely provides a link to the parent website hosting the photo or video. Otherwise, you can copy a thumbnail and its URL.

Copying a full web page

If you need to copy everything that’s on a particular web page, follow this method. It copies everything, including headers, buttons, and other web content objects, but not necessarily with the layout intact.

If you want a full picture of the website instead, your best bet is to use the screenshot function.

Step 1: Click anywhere within a webpage (no images) and press the Ctrl + A keys simultaneously. This keyboard shortcut highlights (selects) everything on the page.

Step 2: Without clicking again, press the Ctrl + C keys simultaneously to copy everything that is highlighted.

Step 3: To paste, click in the area where you want the copied content to reside and press the Ctrl + V keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can select Paste on a pop-up menu when you right-click using a mouse, press the Alt key while tapping a touchpad, or tap with both fingers on a touchpad.

Copy and paste extensions for more specific tasks

One of the advantages of Chrome is that users have access to a plethora of extensions to make their work easier — including copy-and-paste extensions. They can overcome copy-and-paste obstacles that native tools can’t always handle. Below are a few of our favorites and the tasks they set to accomplish.

MultiCopy Clipboard: MultiCopy Clipboard is a tool for those who need to copy many different sections simultaneously and manage them all at once. It works with Chrome Storage to create extra space so you can store as many copies at once. You can either select these copies one at a time to paste as needed or paste them all at once. The copies are backed up on Chrome to help avoid losses.

Office — Enable Copy and Paste: This adds a small set of untraditional tools to your Office web app to quickly copy or paste with a right-click menu. This useful tool is for the web app and not an independent Office app.

ADP Copy & Paste: Working with Automatic Data Processing sheets can be a real chore. It can be doubly frustrating when web formats don’t have copy-and-paste functionality enabled. This extension helps put the “automatic” back into your ADP document workflow. It also reduces time spent on mundane data-entry tasks and helps eliminate processing errors.

Copy Paste Pro: Copy Paste Pro is a feature that lets you override preventative measures some sites enforce on copying and pasting their content. This extension lets you copy, paste, select text, and right-click on websites, even if the website’s code blocked these features.

Copy As Plain Text: Copy As Plain Text is a browser extension that copies text from a webpage without formatting. You can right-click and select Copy as plain text from the menu. You can then right-click to paste or employ your computer’s keyboard shortcuts. This is a quick and efficient feature that doesn’t take up too much memory and doesn’t cause any hiccups in program performance.

You can save time on formatting and grammatical editing for files and correspondence by copying and pasting from a website using the plain text option.

Frequently asked questions

What keys do you press to copy and paste in a Chromebook?

After selecting what you want to copy, press Ctrl + C to copy it. Then, when you’re ready to paste what you’ve copied, press Ctrl +V.

What are some other Chromebook keyboard shortcuts I should know?

In addition to the basics like copy and paste, you’ll also want to know how to do things like selecting everything on a page (Ctrl +A), or how to view your notifications (Shift + Alt + N). There is a laundry list of Chromebook keyboard shortcuts that could make your Chromebook experience easier. If you want to learn more of them, go take a look at our guide to the best Chromebook keyboard shortcuts.

What keys do you press to take screenshot on a Chromebook?

The exact combination of keys you’ll need to press to take a screenshot on a Chromebook may vary depending on what kind of screenshot you’re taking. But if you’re just taking a basic screenshot of your whole screen, then you’d just press Ctrl + Show windows.

If you need to take a different kind of screenshot on a Chromebook, or just need more information about taking screenshots on Chromebooks, you should check out our comprehensive guide on how to take screenshots on Chromebooks. In addition to showing you how to take a screenshot, the guide also goes over things like how to edit a screenshot and what to do if you’re using an external keyboard with your Chromebook.

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How to take a screenshot on an iPad (any generation) | Digital Trends

How to take a screenshot on an iPad (any generation) | Digital Trends

While most iPad apps have built-in sharing features, taking a screenshot is still one of the easiest ways to capture information from your iPad. Whether that’s an interesting news article or recipe, directions to your favorite restaurant, or a cool scene from one of your favorite games from the App Store, iPadOS makes it easy to capture a quick image of whatever’s on your iPad and either save it for future reference or share it with your friends and family.

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Note that while you can capture a screenshot from just about any app on your iPad — even games — screenshots taken in premium streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+ will result in a black image rather than a still frame of the movie or TV show you’re watching. This is not a bug — these apps are specifically designed to prevent you from capturing screenshots for copyright reasons.


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How to take a screenshot on an iPad without a home button

The process for taking screenshots differs slightly depending on which iPad model you have. Here’s how to take a screenshot if your iPad has an edge-to-edge screen with only a side button and no front home button, such as the iPad Pro (2022), iPad Air (2022), iPad mini (2021), or iPad (2022).

Step 1: Make sure whatever you want to take a screenshot of is shown the way you want on your iPad.

Step 2: Simultaneously press the top button (located on the top-right edge when holding your iPad in portrait orientation), and either one of the volume buttons.

Your iPad screen will flash momentarily, and a thumbnail preview of your screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen. You’ll hear a shutter-click sound if your iPad isn’t in silent mode.

Step 3: After a few seconds, the thumbnail preview of the screenshot will disappear, or you can swipe it off the edge of the screen to dismiss it manually. In either case, the image will be automatically saved to your Photos app.

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How to take a screenshot on an iPad with the home button

If you have an older iPad model with a home button on the front, such as the iPad (2021), then the process to take a screenshot will be slightly different — and it can also be a bit trickier since you’ll need to use two hands.

Step 1: Make sure whatever you want to take a screenshot of is shown the way you want on your iPad.

Step 2: Simultaneously press the top button (located on the top-right edge when holding your iPad in portrait orientation), and the home button. Unlike the newer iPads, this is a two-handed operation, so make sure you press them at the same time; otherwise, your iPad may simply turn off instead of capturing a screenshot.

Once you’ve successfully captured a screenshot, your iPad screen will flash and a thumbnail preview of your screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen. As with the newer iPads, you’ll also get a camera-like shutter-click sound as confirmation, assuming your iPad isn’t in silent mode.

Step 3: Wait for the thumbnail of the screenshot to disappear or swipe it off the edge of the screen to dismiss it manually. You’ll be able to find the image saved in your photo library in the Photos app.

AssistiveTouch on iPad.

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iPad screenshot Accessibility options

If you’re unable to press the two physical buttons at the same time, then Apple’s AssistiveTouch accessibility feature offers an entirely buttonless way to capture a screenshot.

AssistiveTouch is designed to help you perform a range of more complex touch-based commands on the iPad through a simple menu that is just a few taps away. This can be handy for many things, one of which is an alternative way to get screenshots. Here’s how to turn it on.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Select Accessibility.

Step 3: Select Touch.

Step 4: Select AssistiveTouch.

Step 5: Toggle AssistiveTouch on. You’ll see the AssistiveTouch button appear on your screen, which resembles a series of faded, concentric circles.

Step 6: Select Double-Tap.

Step 7: Select Screenshot.

Step 8: Swipe up or press the home button to return to the Home Screen. The AssistiveTouch control should remain visible on the screen.

Step 9: When you find a screen that you want to save an image of, double-tap the AssistiveTouch button. Your iPad display will briefly flash white, and you’ll also hear the same shutter noise that you do when taking a picture in the Camera app, as long as your device isn’t in silent mode.

Step 10: A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen. After a few seconds, this will disappear and the screenshot will be automatically saved to your photo library. You can also swipe it away at any time to save it to your photo library immediately, or tap on it to crop, annotate, or share it using the steps described earlier.

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How to screenshot with Apple Pencil

If you have an Apple Pencil, you can also use that to take a quick screenshot, which is even handier when you’re already working with your stylus.

Step 1: Swipe your Apple Pencil from the bottom-left corner of your screen up toward the center.

The bottom-left corner is the default setting, with a swipe from the bottom-right used for the Quick Note feature. This can be changed in the iPad Settings app under Apple Pencil > Pencil Gestures.

Step 2: You’ll see and hear the same flash and shutter-click sound that occurs when taking a screenshot with the buttons. However, when using the Apple Pencil, you’ll be taken directly to the editing and annotation screen.

Step 3: Perform any edits or markup you want on your screenshot.

Step 4: When finished, select Done in the top-left corner to save your screenshot. You can also use the Share button in the top-right corner to share your screenshot in the normal way.

How to annotate a screenshot on an iPad.

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How to edit and annotate a screenshot

Once you’ve successfully captured a screenshot, you’ll see a small preview in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This thumbnail will automatically disappear in a few seconds, or you can swipe it to the left to dismiss it manually. In this case, the screenshot gets tucked away safely in your photo library, and you can carry on with whatever you were doing before.

However, you can also pull up the screenshot to make some quick edits and annotations before that happens. Here’s how.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, select the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Your screenshot will open in a simplified editing window, ready to be cropped or annotated.

Step 3: For screenshots taken from certain supported apps, such as Safari or Mail, you may also see two extra buttons at the top. In this case, you can choose Screen to save a normal screenshot that includes only what’s shown on your screen or Full Page to capture an entire article, web page, or email. This can be annotated and cropped in the same way as any other screenshot, but the results will be saved to a PDF file in the Files app rather than your Photos library.

Step 4: To save only a portion of your screenshot, adjust the cropping handles to draw a box around the portion you want to keep. You can also use the standard pinch-to-zoom gesture to enlarge a portion of your screenshot.

Step 5: You can also add markup and other annotations to your screenshot by drawing with your finger or an Apple Pencil. Several annotation tools can be found in the annotations panel on the editing screen, along with Undo and Redo buttons so you can walk back any edits you don’t like.

Step 6: You can also add advanced annotations, such as a text box, magnifier loupe, or your signature, by selecting the Plus button and choosing the appropriate options from the pop-up menu that appears.

Advanced annotation features for iPad screenshots.

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Step 7: When you’re finished making edits, select Done in the upper-left corner.

Options for saving a screenshot on an iPad.

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Step 8: Choose Save to Photos or Save to Files to save the resulting image to your photo library or a destination in the Files app, respectively. You can also select Delete Screenshot if you’ve changed your mind and don’t want to save it.

Options for sharing a screenshot on an iPad.

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How to share a screenshot

You can also share a screenshot with any of your contacts directly from the editing screen. This is both a fun way to show your friends and family members what you’re up to, and also handy for quickly sharing information such as directions and maps, articles, and snippets of text.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, select the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Crop and annotate the screenshot if desired.

Step 3: When you’re ready to send it out, select the Share button in the top-right corner. The standard iPadOS sharing options appear.

Step 4: Choose an option from the row of icons at the top to quickly share with one of your frequent contacts or an option from the second row to share via a specific app such as Mail or Facebook or send to another device using AirDrop. You can also find the usual sharing options here for saving your screenshot to other apps like Notes.

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How to Perform a Reverse Image Search on Android or iPhone | Digital Trends

How to Perform a Reverse Image Search on Android or iPhone | Digital Trends

A reverse image search is a handy way to figure out the origin of an image, locate similar images, or fact check an image. There are a multitude of ways to perform a reverse image search on your mobile device, whether you’re using an Android phone or an iPhone.

For example, here’s how to do a reverse image search via Google lens on Android:

  1. Choose an image in your photo library or from a webpage.
  2. Tap the Lens icon
  3. The app will then perform a reverse image lookup, identify the image, and offer alternate similar, images.

In this guide, we will go into detail about this and several other ways to do a reverse search on your mobile device with various tools, apps, and websites.

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How to reverse search an image using Google Chrome

If you’re using Chrome on Android or iPhone, it’s easy to perform a Google image search. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Go to your selected image in the Chrome browser.

Step 2: Tap and hold on the image until a menu pops up.

Step 3: Tap on Search Google For This Image (iOS 14) or Search with Google Lens (Android 10).

Step 4: See the results.

How to reverse search an image using Google Lens

Your mobile device may have shipped with Google Lens preinstalled, and the app is still available separately on the Google Play Store for Android. For iOS, Lens is now incorporated into the main Google Search app, so there’s no need for a separate app download on the iPhone.

Step 1: Navigate to an image in your photo library or from a webpage.

Step 2: Tap the Lens icon to start the image-recognition operation.

Step 3: The app will then perform a reverse image lookup, identify the image, and offer alternate similar, images.

How to reverse search an image in Android

If someone sent you an image, or you already have it downloaded on your phone, you can upload it to perform a Google reverse image search. This method works with any Android browser. To upload an image to perform the reverse image search, you need the desktop version of Google’s image search. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Go to images.google.com in your browser.

Step 2: You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to select it. In Chrome, tap the three dots at the top right to open the More menu.

Step 3: Tick the Desktop Site option.

Step 4: Tap on the small camera icon to get the option to upload an image.

How to reverse search an image on an iPhone

You can reverse search an image on an iPhone, too. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Go to images.google.com.

Step 2: You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to request it. In Safari, tap the Share icon, with the arrow pointing up, to open the share menu. In Chrome, tap the three-dot More icon at the bottom-right of the screen.

Step 3: Scroll down the options until you find Request Desktop Site and tap it.

Step 4: Tap on the tiny camera icon to get the option to upload an image.

How to reverse search an image on Bing

Reverse image searching on Bing is much the same process on all platforms. Just go to the Bing home page and select the image search icon in the address bar. Then upload one or more images.

Step 1: On any browser — desktop or mobile — type the Bing home page address in the address bar.

Step 2: Tap the middle Lens icon.

Step 3: Tap Allow Camera Access to start a visual search.

Step 4: Tap Allow to let the app access motion and orientation.

Step 5: You can identify anything in the vicinity automatically by pointing your smartphone camera directly at any object, as the app immediately reads what it is.

Step 6: Tap the magnifying glass button for more information.

Step 7: Alternately, you can shoot a fresh image with your camera app or choose one or more images from your photo gallery for identification and reference.

How to reverse search an image on TinEye

You have a few more options if you want to perform a reverse image search, regardless of which mobile platform or web browser you’re using. TinEye is a popular website that will help you perform a reverse image search.

Step 1: In your chosen web browser, go to tineye.com.

Step 2: Tap the arrow icon to the left of the search box to upload a picture.

Step 3: You can take a new picture using your device’s camera, pick an image from your photo gallery, or browse another location. The options you’ll get are slightly different depending on your phone.

Step 4: Once your picture uploads, you’ll see any matches found.

Use an app to perform a reverse image search

There are several specialty apps dedicated to performing reverse image searches in Android or iPhone, all of which can spare you from having to open your browser every time you want to look up a picture. Here are a few of the best ones.

Image Search app

With the free Image Search app, you can search images by keywords or image file name, share images to third-party apps, download images to set them as your smartphone’s wallpaper, search animated GIF images, search history, scale display of the image. and search specific filters for content, type, color, size, and time.

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Photo Sherlock app

Photo Sherlock lets you upload an image from your gallery or snap a photo to perform a quick reverse image search in the Google and Yandex engines. Just tap the gallery or camera icon at the bottom of the window, crop if you wish, and perform the search to learn more information about the image.

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Google Photos app

The Google Photos app features a photo recognition technology that was originally released as an app of its own called Google Lens. Since 2017, the Google Lens team has integrated this tech into Google’s search engine, Google Photos, and Google Assistant for both iPhone and Android. This lets users explore images on the web and conduct reverse image searches. You can execute reverse image searches on saved photos by choosing the photo you want and then tapping the Google Lens icon.

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Reversee app

Reversee is a fantastic app for the iPhone that allows users to rotate and crop their images before they start their search. Reversee also works well as an iOS extension and lets you use it within the Photos, Safari, and Chrome apps. When you opt for the ad-free professional version, you get a variety of additional features. These include the ability to edit photos, browse through images from multiple search engines like Google, Bing, and Yandex, paste picture URL addresses, and compile detailed data about the images you find.

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Search By Image app

Similar to Reversee, Android’s Search By Image app allows you to make basic photo edits before using them in searches. With this app, you get all the features you could ever want in a reverse image search app, from support for Google, Yandex, and Tineye to the ability to open shared photos from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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Reverse image search tools to check for stolen work

Reverse image search apps like the ones listed above are great for finding similar photos, so they can be helpful for graphic designers, fashion designers, interior decorators, and other professionals who work with photographs. For instance, if you are one of these artists, reverse image search apps can help you easily determine whether your original works have been stolen.

Keeping this purpose in mind, some companies have designed specialized reverse image search tools to help you check for stolen work. Here are two useful options to consider.

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Berify search tool

Berify is a reverse image search service created to help artists, models, vloggers, and other professionals to protect their intellectual property. It’s the only app that also helps you track similar videos to check for stolen content, making it a key resource for online content creators.

Berify

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Pixsy search tool

Pixsy is a free-to-use online platform created by a photographer who experienced online image theft. Today, the tool offers five specialized features for photographers and online content creators to protect their work: Monitor (to keep track of where your images appear online), Resolve (to receive compensation for stolen work), Takedown (to remove stolen images from the internet), Register (to protect your images from being stolen and misused), and Integrations (to link this data with other websites).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reverse image search from my gallery?

Yes, you can reverse image search a photo from your gallery. All of the reverse image search tools support them, from Google to Bing to TinEye. Our favorite tool for performing a reverse image search of a gallery photo is Google Lens.

Can you reverse image search a screenshot?

Yes, you can reverse image search a screenshot, although not all reverse image platforms support them. The method for performing a reverse image search of a screenshot is the same as it is for any other photo, but make sure to do the following:

  • Crop the image to focus your search and eliminate inaccurate image results.
  • Don’t apply filters to the screenshot as this could skew your results.
  • Take a clear and well-lit screenshot.

How do I do a reverse image search on my Android?

Here’s how to do a reverse image search on your Android phone:

  1. Go to images.google.com in your browser.
  2. You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to select it. In Chrome, tap the three dots at the top right to open the More menu.
  3. Tick the Desktop Site option.
  4. Tap on the small camera icon to get the option to upload an image.

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How to create multiple profiles for your Facebook account | Digital Trends

How to create multiple profiles for your Facebook account | Digital Trends

Facebook (and, by extension, Meta) are particular in the way that they allow users to create accounts and interact with their platform. Being the opposite of the typical anonymous service, Facebook sticks to the rule of one account per one person. However, Facebook allows its users to create multiple profiles that are all linked to one main Facebook account.

In much the same way as Japanese philosophy tells us we have three faces — one to show the world, one to show family, and one to show no one but ourselves — these profiles allow us to put a different ‘face’ out to different aspects or hobbies. One profile can keep tabs on your friends, while another goes hardcore into networking and selling tech on Facebook Marketplace.

In the guide below, we’ll go over what to expect when it comes to creating these new additional Facebook profiles for yourself, how to create them, and how to switch between your new profiles and your main account profile.

Can you create multiple profiles for a Facebook account?

Yes, you can create multiple profiles for a Facebook account. Facebook began testing this new feature earlier this year, and the functionality is currently live on the desktop website and in the mobile app. Here’s what to expect:

  • Facebook will allow you to create up to four other profiles that are linked to your main Facebook account. This means that you could have up to five total Facebook profiles: one profile for your main account and up to four auxiliary Facebook profiles.
  • The login you use to log in to your main account will log you into your additional profiles. After logging into your main account, you can then switch to your other profiles from there as needed.
  • Each additional profile will have its own display name and username. You’ll choose these names, and they don’t have to match your actual name. But they can’t violate Facebook’s rules. And you can’t do things like: impersonate other people or brands, engage in misrepresentation, or have usernames that “consist solely of generic terms or locations.”
  • These auxiliary profiles will also be able to have their own Feeds, friends lists, and the ability to follow Pages and groups.
  • You can add friends with these profiles and set privacy settings for each profile.

Creating a new Facebook profile via the desktop website

Here’s the thing: According to Facebook’s official Help Center guide on the matter, you can only make additional Facebook profiles via the Facebook mobile app. But we recently noticed that the ability to create new profiles is also currently live on the desktop website. We tested it, and it appears to work fine. And so, it is possible that the desktop website functionality is live but not necessarily accessible by all users yet.

So if the feature is live for you on the desktop website and you’d rather create your profiles there, follow the instructions below to do so:

Step 1: Open up your web browser and go to Facebook.com. Log in to your main account if you haven’t already.


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Step 2: Select your Profile picture icon in the top-right corner. From the menu that appears, choose See all profiles.

The Create New Profile menu option on Facebook for desktop web.

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Step 3: On the Select profile menu that appears, choose Create new profile. Once you do that, you’ll likely see a welcome screen that introduces you to the concept of creating new, additional profiles. On this screen, select Get started.

Creating a new Facebook profile welcome screen on desktop web.

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Step 4: On the right side of the profile-creation screen and under the “What do you want to go by?” header, there’s a form you can fill out to make your new profile.

In the Profile name text box, you’ll first enter your desired profile name. The Username text box below will automatically generate a unique username based on what you entered for the profile name. You can either just use the auto-generated username or create your own.

As you scroll down the form, you’ll see optional sections for adding a cover photo or a profile photo. Select Add photo to upload photos to these sections if desired.

The Facebook profile creation screen on desktop web.

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Step 5: Once you’re done filling out the form, select Continue. Review the information presented about creating profiles on the Important profile information screen. Then select Create profile.

Step 6: Once your new profile has been created, you’ll then be taken to your new profile’s Facebook profile page, and then you’ll be presented with a series of guided steps for finishing the setup of your profile. These steps will include adding profile photos, joining Facebook groups, following Facebook pages of public figures and celebrities, adding friends, and managing your new profile’s settings. You don’t necessarily have to complete these steps right then and there. You can just select Next for all of these steps, and then choose Finish when it appears to exit the guided steps section.

And that’s it. You’ve just created a new Facebook profile via the desktop website.

Step 7: Note: If you’re planning on making more Facebook profiles using the steps above, just be aware that Facebook will require you to wait 72 hours before letting you make another profile.

Creating a new Facebook profile via the mobile app

While the desktop website method may not be available for everybody, you should be able to create new Facebook profiles via the mobile app. Here’s how to access the ability to create additional Facebook profiles on the mobile app:

Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your mobile device and log into your account if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Select the Three-line menu icon. (On Android, this icon may appear combined with your profile picture.)

Selecting the Menu icon on Facebook for Android.

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Step 3: Near the top of the Menu screen, you should see a button that displays your main account’s name and photo. That button contains a Down arrow icon; select this icon. (iOS users may see a Plus sign icon next to their names.)

Selecting the Down Arrow icon on the Menu screen for Facebook mobile app for Android.

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Step 4: From the Your profiles and pages menu that appears, choose Create new profile.

From there, you can just follow the on-screen prompts to make a new Facebook profile.

Note: If you plan on making more than one additional Facebook profile, be aware that Facebook will make you wait 72 hours before making another profile.

Selecting Create new profile option on Facebook mobile app for Android.

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How to switch between different Facebook profiles

After you’ve made an additional Facebook profile, you’re probably wondering how to switch between your main account’s profile and your new auxiliary profiles. Here’s how to do so:

(We’ve included the instructions for both desktop web and the mobile app in the steps below.)

Step 1: Via the desktop website: Go to Facebook.com and then select your Profile picture icon in the top-right corner. Then, from the menu that appears, you can either choose See all profiles to see a full list of your Facebook profiles that you can choose to switch to or you can simply select the icon that shows the profile picture of one of your accounts encircled by two arrows.

If you chose See all profiles, all you need to do is select the profile you want to switch to and it will automatically switch over.

If you chose the latter option, you will be automatically switched to the profile featured in the middle of the encircling arrows icon.

Facebook profile switching options on the Facebook desktop website.

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Step 2: Via the mobile app: Open the Facebook app on your mobile device and select the Three-line menu icon (Android users may see this icon as combined with their profile picture). Then, in the section where your name is listed, choose the Down arrow icon. (iOS users may see a Plus sign icon instead.)

A menu of your profiles and pages should appear. From this menu, select the profile you want to switch to.

Switching profiles on Facebook mobile app for Android.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you have multiple Facebook accounts?

While it is not allowed to have multiple Facebook accounts, you are allowed to have multiple profiles. This distinction is crucial, in that your profiles all belong to one main account. However, each profile can act separately and be used for different things. You’re the same person, but your business side and video gamer side don’t need to come out at the same time.

Why do people have multiple Facebook accounts?

Despite not being officially allowed, many people will decide to create a separate account for their business. While a business profile can be visibly delinked from the main account of a person, many will choose to hide this entirely by making a separate account. This is especially the case if they have a side business they don’t want their main employer knowing about. Some also create other Facebook accounts to run scams or find out information about people who have previously blocked them.

What if I’ve accidentally created an alternate Facebook account?

If you meant to create a new profile, but created a new account instead you may wish to deactivate your alternate Facebook account.

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How to print to PDF in Windows | Digital Trends

How to print to PDF in Windows | Digital Trends

Printing to PDF can be a great way to save a document on your computer, especially if you don’t have immediate access to a printer. If you have Windows, then you know the process has not always been seamless. But now with Windows 10 and Windows 11, print to PDF should be one of your default functions on your computer, making it easily accessible.

Here is our comprehensive rundown of how to print to PDF in Windows. We also have other helpful guides, including how to password-protect a PDF, convert a PDF to Excel, convert a PDF to a Word Document, and how to combine PDF files.

Using native tools in Windows: setting up Microsoft Print to PDF

The Microsoft Print to PDF tool should automatically come with your Windows 10 or 11 device. But just in case you don’t have it on your Windows PC, here’s how to set it up:

Step 1: Navigate to the Windows 10 Settings page, which you can find in the Start Menu or search for from the search bar. Once there, select Devices.

In Windows 11, you’ll navigate to the Settings page the same way, but you’ll select Bluetooth & devices instead.

Step 2: Once in Devices, select the Printers & scanners section from the left menu. If you have the Microsoft Print to PDF option, you should see it here with the list of your potential printing options. If you don’t see it, select the option that says Add a printer or scanner.

In Windows 11, the Add a printer or scanner option has its own Add device button. Select this button.

Step 3: From there, Windows will attempt to find your elusive printer, and it won’t work (although it may find other local printers). When it’s finished, select the option that says The printer that I want isn’t listed. This will open a secondary window with options for finding printers. At the bottom, you should see an option to Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings. Select this option, and then choose Next.

In Windows 11, The printer that I want isn’t listed option is not clickable. But it does have its own Add manually button. Select this button. Then follow the rest of the Windows 10 instructions above.

Step 4: In the next window, open the drop-down menu beside Use an existing port, and then select FILE: (Print to File), and choose Next.

Step 5: In the following window, choose Microsoft as the manufacturer, then scroll down to highlight Microsoft Print to PDF before selecting Next again.

Step 6: When given the choice to replace the current driver or use the driver already installed, we recommend simply using the current driver and selecting Next.

Step 7: After Windows 10 prompts you to name the print-to-PDF feature — we recommend just assigning it the default name so it’s easier to find — select Next one last time to install the desired printer.

Using native tools in Windows: Microsoft Print to PDF

Now that you have Microsoft Print to PDF set up on your Windows PC, here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Go to print your document as you normally would, and select Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer. You may need to select a Print button afterwards.


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Step 2: You’ll be asked where you’d like to save the file. Choose the location and a name, and click OK or Save. After a few seconds, you’ll have a brand new PDF.

Try Adobe Acrobat

Although the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system makes it very easy to print to PDF in Windows, users may want access to more advanced options when it comes to controlling their print-to-PDF settings. In this case, third-party software can offer an alternative way to “print” your documents in PDF form.

If you have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you’ve got another print-to-PDF option. Although it’s an expensive tool, there is a free trial available for those looking for a short-term solution.

Step 1: Once installed, head to the document printer as you usually would, and select Adobe PDF as your printer.

Step 2: Select Print or Save, then name your document and choose a save location for the resulting file. From here, you can do what you like with it — you can even turn your PDF into a JPEG.

Use doPDF

For those of you without Adobe Acrobat or Windows 10, rest assured you can still print to PDF with the right PDF converter, even if the process is a bit trickier. We recommend the free converter doPDF, which you can download from the developer’s official website.

We prefer this software because, unlike similar software, it doesn’t force you to download any random add-ons or malware. It also works with both Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as Windows 10 and 11.

Step 1: When you get to the website, and simply select the green Free download button, which is located on the right side of the screen.

Step 2: When the installer finishes downloading, navigate to the Downloads folder and double-click the installer to open it. The installation process is pretty straightforward. You’ll just need to follow the prompts.

Step 3: You can use doPDF in two different ways once it’s officially installed on your computer. It allows you to run it as a solitary program, or you can simply add it to Microsoft Office as an add-on.

Step 4: Open doPDF by accessing your program list via the Start menu. Go to the tab titled Create one document. Focus on the Create PDF immediately option section. The doPDF printer should appear automatically in the field for printer.

Creating a PDF with doPDF software.

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Step 5: Select Browse to choose the file you want to print to PDF. Go to the file that you wish to convert and click on it. Select Open.

Step 6: You can choose Create after selecting the file. You should see a pop up box saying that the printer will become the default printer before asking if you would like to continue with this. Just select OK.

(You may also see a notification box that pops up saying the document couldn’t be created. Just select OK and ignore it. It should still work.)

The doPDF software will then open the application you normally use for that document (like Microsoft Word or the Print Pictures window). If the latter, you may still need to select the Print button on that window.

You’ll then be taken to another doPDF pop up screen called Save PDF file. From here, you are able to choose more PDF options. Once you set all your preferences, just select OK to begin printing your document to PDF. As soon as you’ve created the brand new PDF, it should show up on your screen.

The doPDF Save PDF File window.

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The best Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts you should know | Digital Trends

The best Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts you should know | Digital Trends

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to save time, whether you’re working or relaxing. While we’ve already covered some of our favorite Windows 10 shortcuts, there are also a few you should try out in Windows 11. Here’s a look at some of our favorite shortcuts and how you can use them to your advantage.

New Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

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Windows 11 brings a new set of keyboard shortcuts that aren’t available in Windows 10. These shortcuts are catered to some of the new features in the operating system, like the Widgets Pane, Quick Settings, Notification Center, Snap Layouts, and Windows Copilot. Many of these shortcuts will require you to use the Windows Key (⊞), which you can find to the left of the spacebar.

⊞ Win + W Open the Widgets Pane.
⊞ Win + A Open Quick Settings for Wi-Fi, Brightness, etc.
 ⊞ Win + N Open Notification Center.
⊞ Win + Z Open Snap Layouts.
 ⊞ Win + C Open Windows Copilot.

General Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

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In addition to the keyboard shortcuts above, which are new in Windows 11, some of the Windows 10 shortcuts also carry over into the new operating system. These have also been found in older versions of Windows. You can use these to take screenshots, run searches, get to your settings app, get support, and a lot more.

Keyboard shortcut Function
⊞ Win + Shift + S Take a screenshot with Snipping Tool
⊞ Win + M Minimize Windows
⊞ Win + R Open the Run dialogue box
⊞ Win + L Lock your PC or switch accounts
⊞ Win+ D Display and hide desktop
⊞ Win+ I Open Windows 11 Settings
⊞ Win+ E Open File Explorer.
⊞ Win+ X Open the Start Menu Context button
⊞ Win+ P Open the projection pane for display settings
⊞ Win+ Comma (,) Peek at the Windows 11 desktop until you release the keys
⊞ Win+ Period (.) Open the Windows 11 emoji picker
⊞ Win+ Tab Opens Task View and shows current active apps
⊞ Win + K Opens the Cast menu
⊞ Win + G Open the Xbox Game Bar

Quickly access Windows 11’s volume mixer

Windows 11 Volume Mixer.
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According to one of our staff writers, Jacob Roach, you can also navigate to the volume mixer in the Windows 11 taskbar quicker with this handy shortcut: Ctrl + Win + V.

As Roach notes, this shortcut can be especially helpful if you need to change audio outputs frequently.

There’s more than one way to take a screenshot

Earlier, we touched on the fact that you can use a keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot on Windows PC (like Win + Shift + S). But you should also know that there are actually a number of other keyboard shortcuts you can use to take screenshots on Windows 11 as well. For example, you can still simply press the Print Screen button on your keyboard to get a screenshot of your whole screen. You can also get a screenshot of only the active window by pressing Alt + Print Screen.

For more shortcuts you can use to to take screenshots on Windows 11, check out our How to take a screenshot on PC guide.

Other shortcuts

Ctrl+C Copy
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open the Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the active app
Alt + Spacebar Open shortcut menu for an active window

Our list covers some of the more commonly used shortcuts involving the Windows key. Microsoft has a more in-depth list of Windows shortcuts, covering things that go beyond what we’ve mentioned in our list so far. Their list gets into Command Prompt, File Explorer, and more.

We think you can use these shortcuts to your productivity advantage, which is why we suggest you also look into some of the best keyboards to use. Your laptop’s keyboard might be too cramped to punch out these shortcuts easily.

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How to find archived emails in Gmail, return them to inbox | Digital Trends

How to find archived emails in Gmail, return them to inbox | Digital Trends

If you’re looking to clean up your Gmail inbox, but you don’t want to delete anything permanently, then choosing the archive option is your best bet. Whenever you archive an email, it is removed from your inbox folder while still remaining accessible. Here’s how to access any emails you have archived previously, as well as how to move such messages back to your regular inbox for fast access.


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Finding archived emails via the web

If you access Gmail via a web browser, it is a straightforward process to recall any emails you may have archived. For starters, if you choose to use the search bar at the top of the page, search results will include any archived emails. Alternatively, you can access all of your available mail, including archived pieces, under the All mail option.

Step 1: Visit the Gmail website and sign in.

Step 2: On the left side of the screen, select More.

Step 3: Select the All mail option.

Step 4: On the right side of the screen, you may now browse your email; it will include all emails in your account, including archived content.

Selecting the All Mail option in the Gmail app for Android.

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Finding archived emails via mobile apps

If you are using the Gmail mobile app on your iOS or Android device, you can also access archived content easily. As on the web, you can use the search bar displayed above your mail to initiate a search that will include archived content. Otherwise, if you wish, you can access all of your available mail, including archived content, under the All mail option.

Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your device.

Step 2: At the top of the screen, select the Menu button; it is displayed as three horizontal lines.

Step 3: Select the All mail option from the menu that appears.

Step 4: You may now browse your emails on-screen. This will include all emails in your account, including archived messages.

Selecting the Move to Inbox option in Gmail for web.

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Moving an archived email to the inbox via the web

If you change your mind, you can always move any archived content back to your inbox. Follow these steps to move archived emails back into your inbox using the Gmail website:

Step 1: Visit the Gmail website and sign in.

Step 2: Locate the email you wish to relocate.

Step 3: To the left of the email, check the Small box icon.

Step 4: At the top of the screen, select the Move to inbox icon. It looks like an inbox tray with a downward arrow inside of it.

Your archived email will then be moved back to the inbox for regular viewing. If you wish to return the piece of mail to the archive, hover over the email once again and select the Archive button (pictured as a small box with a down arrow).

Selecting the Move to Inbox option in Gmail for Android.

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Moving an archived email to the inbox via mobile apps

You can also change your mind about archived emails while you are out and about using Gmail’s available mobile apps for iOS and Android. Follow these steps to move the archived email back into your inbox within Google’s official Gmail app for Android:

Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your device.

Step 2: Locate the email you wish to relocate and select it.

Step 3: Select the More button in the upper-right corner of your screen (shown as three vertical dots), not the message.

Step 4: Choose the Move to inbox option from the menu that appears.

Your archived email will then be moved back to the inbox for regular viewing. If you wish to return the piece of mail to Archived, reopen the email and select the Archive button (pictured as a small box with a down arrow).

iOS devices

Note: For iOS devices, the process is a bit different. Here’s how to do it according to Google:

Step 1: Find the email you want in All mail.

Step 2: Select the sender’s profile icon on the left of the screen.

Step 3: Select the More icon (three dots).

Step 4: Select whether you want to Move to inbox or Move to > Primary.

Selecting the Mute option in Gmail for web.

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Archiving an email vs. muting an email

You may have heard of the ability to mute an email and archive an email discussed in the same breath. Both features will remove messages from your inbox to keep things tidy, but archived emails will return to your inbox if someone replies to them. On the other hand, muted messages will stay out of your inbox permanently. Follow these steps on either the web or a mobile app if you wish to mute an email:

Step 1: Access your Gmail account.

Step 2: Open the email you wish to mute.

Step 3: Select the More button (shown as three vertical dots). For the web, it is important that you select the More button that is located toward the top of your screen, just under the search box.

Step 4: Select the Mute option.

You can follow these steps on both iOS and Android phones and tablets. The only minor difference with iOS devices is that the More icon for iOS is not three vertical dots, but instead is three horizontal dots.

If you wish to unmute an email conversation, you can do so on the web by following the steps given above, but you’ll need to select the Unmute option in step 4. You’ll still need to select Move to inbox if you want the email to return to your inbox. Unmuting an email doesn’t move it to a different folder in Gmail, so it will remain in All Mail if you don’t move it yourself.

You can also unmute an email in the Gmail app for Android, but you won’t find an Unmute option. You’ll have to select the More icon and then Move to inbox instead. Doing so effectively unmutes the message and moves it back to the inbox.

All of your muted conversations are grouped so that you can easily access them by searching for them under the name “is:mute” in the Gmail search box.

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