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[GUIDE] Screen shots - make me screeeeeeeeam!

There are times - when it is good to conquer the skill of taking screen shots. Duo has provided tips on how to take screen shots. But for some of us - our minds work in different ways. And we look at this explanation and think we are reading a language we do not now.

This is the link to the Duolingo help file on screen shots : https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204856044-How-do-I-take-a-screenshot-

Here though - I am seeking to show it to you in a slightly different way. The explanations in the Duolingo Help file are thorough and correct. Yet with explanations, as well as often with other things, there are many ways to do things, including on the internet.


Firstly I will explain things for those that use windows.

Here is an explanation for people with Windows 7 :

  • If you go to windows menu symbol (you know the logo of the colored windows :D )

  • Select "All Programs".
  • Go down to "Accessories".
  • And you should find "Snipping Tool". (it has a picture of a pair of scissors)

Click on it.

Images thanks to www.howtogeek.com, check out the link below also for more information.


other ways to do this is to use other apps, such as :

On a phone:

"If you don't know how to take a screen shot, just take a picture of the screen with your phone and then upload that picture to your imgur account. The imgur account will give you a link of the picture. Just put that link here." ref by Jaye16: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28580278

ps - I am also likely to return and spruce this post up. Excuse me as I edit things - trying to improve information and explanations.

Perhaps others may like to explain how to do this for other operating systems ?

March 14, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

On a MacBook:

Command-Shift-4 gives you a "crosshair" that you can use to drag and select the area of the screen you wish to copy. When you release your mouse to end the drag, the image is saved to your desktop with a file name like "Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 07.21.38 AM.png"

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

Did I miss it? Or does your guide focus on taking screenshots, but not include how to post them here on the forums?

If that is missing, may I suggest adding it?

![](IMAGE URL HERE)

Edit: That image was too large :P

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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haha haahaaha good point merkavar!
Also we need a better explanation on imgur
as in how to access it, what it is, and maybe even hints on how to use it and things to ... lets say watch out for ;p

As well as other alternatives to imgur !

edit : also to link to [GUIDE]Formatting in Duolingo

ps perhaps your image should have been one referring to a DoDo ?

( sometimes I ((being a roo)) feel like a DoDo and missing in action )


example of script that produces the above dodo image :
![](https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/713gYswlZQL._SX425_.jpg)

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

For Linux - install Flameshot and/or Scrot. Flameshot allows you to make a selection to capture part of your screen, while Scrot does fullscreen screenshots.

nəvighsəqaat aat

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/James24601

Are you talking about taking screenshots for the purpose of reporting ?

Duolingo just needs a functional reporting system.

I can't think of a single website that makes you screenshot an offending post or comment and then attach it to a report on a separate page [which you have to search for] and then await for a response via email. And also requires you to make multiple reports each time you see a new offending post, even if it is by the same user.

what is this, 1998 ?

A one or two click report system is ideal.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I can't think of a single website that makes you screenshot an offending post or comment and then attach it to a report on a separate page [which you have to search for] and then await for a response via email.

The trouble is, having a very easy way to report posts would undoubtedly lead to considerable numbers of false and/or malicious reports by people who merely disliked or disagreed with some post or user. These would either take up a much greater amount of the time of staff and/or moderators to sift through that is currently spent on more constructive things, or it would create a large backlog meaning that the worst posts would take longer to remove.
At present, the sheer effort required to report a post at least weeds out casual abuse of the reporting system, and allows the most urgent reports (e.g. those relating to personal information of users being disseminated) to be dealt with reasonably quickly.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheNecromancer10

The trouble is, having a very easy way to report posts would undoubtedly lead to considerable numbers of false and/or malicious reports by people who merely disliked or disagreed with some post or user. These would either take up a much greater amount of the time of staff and/or moderators to sift through that is currently spent on more constructive things, or it would create a large backlog meaning that the worst posts would take longer to remove.

Speaking as a Reddit moderator, on Reddit, unwanted reports can be ignored with the click of a button, and can themselves be reported to the admins (administrators/staff) for them to deal with users abusing the report function. The admins can then take action on offending users as necessary (on Reddit, reports are anonymous to moderators, and moderators do not have the power to directly prevent users from abusing the report button).

These kind of features could easily be implemented into Duolingo if they aren't already. Considering the stronger relationships between admins and mods on Duolingo as opposed to Reddit though, it might be better that reports on Duolingo come through with an indication of who sent the reports.

May 8, 2019

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You make some good points there I consider James. Though the reason for my post is for many more things than assisting people to submit reports.

It is also for how to do this for if you are wanting to make Discussion posts, and include some of your own pictures from your device to assist in presenting a relevant issue.

To that point - I also reflect that in this instance at the moment I have been lazy and used other peoples pictures from the internet to explain how to take a screen shot.

Also it has not been explained how to use resources such as imgur to post your picture to the internet, and so that you can then refer to it from within a discussion post. Though also you need to be respectful of copy-write issues as well.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/James24601

Ahh in which case please ignore my comment!

imgur is easy enough. Open imgur. Don't have to have an account. Paste your image [if you've taken a screenshot just hit 'Ctrl+V' ] It will upload, then it gives you a url if you want to share the image else where.

If you're signed into an account you can access / remove / edit your uploaded posts at a later date.

Imgur gives you the option to "Publish" your image to the public imgur gallery where imgur users can see it, comment, and up/down vote.

But, if you're just uploading there for the purpose of sharing an image here, then I wouldn't publish it.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Scream shots? :P

March 16, 2019

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Oh elvper !
You are a GEM !
I have laughed hard at that !

Also thank you for all the other things you do around here. It is such a pleasure to meet you.

March 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Also thank you for all the other things you do around here.

Even though I don't agree with that as I'm not particularly doing positive / contributory things around here, it's very considerate. Thank you, you're kind, sorry for the late reply.

April 19, 2019

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Do not underestimate the value and influence you are.

No problems with the late reply also.

Again, it is a pleasure to get to know you.

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Pleasure to meet you too, you want a good general end result and always try to bring a voice to reach that.

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Error452

On a PC:

Window-PrtSc takes a picture of the sceen

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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This is a great resource to use Error452. Thank you for this !
Especially useful when submitting something that is not public, such as filling in a Duolingo Bug Report. https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204728264-How-do-I-report-a-bug-

However, if it is you are wanting to share something on the open Discussion Forums, it would be recommended for your own security to be able to use some sort of snipping program to select just the thing you want to show.
There are some very clever people in our world wide community - and sometimes even something as simple as a screen shot of your computer desktop can show them things that they can work to your disadvantage. So do be careful about sharing a whole screen shot on a public forum.

Also - in discussions on Duolingo, it has more impact if you can show just the appropriate image for the discussion topic you are engaged with.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ARCANA-MVSA

If you're on a PC and you have (or can use) a later version of Microsoft Word (about 2010 on up - I don't know about '07), you can use prt-sc, post it into Word, and crop it that way. Only problem is you have to then copy and paste it in a special way to get the cropping to stick (copy the cropped image, go to paste > little gray arrow underneath > paste as image). Once that is done, it can be saved as an image/copied/pasted/whatever with the editing in place.

Otherwise Google Docs can be handy, but I haven't fully tested how it works with Google Docs quite yet.

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnCholew

On Chromebooks, ▢|| (the "show all apps" key on the top row of the keyboard) captures the screen if you hold Ctrl, allows you to choose your capture region if you hold Ctrl+Shift, and captures the active window if you hold Ctrl+Alt.

On some (most?) Android devices, hitting Power and Volume Down keys at the same time will save a screenshot to a file.

On Linux OSes that use KDE for their default interface, the "PrtSc", or "Print Screen", key should open an app that captures the screen or a selected app or a screen region. Older versions of Windows use this key to copy the screen to the clipboard (or the active window, if you hold.... I want to say "Alt" while hitting it), and you just need to paste it into an image editor.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Honestly, I don't know very much about the programs Linux DEs have. I've only used XFCE and GNOME to linited extents. Because of this I recommended Flameshot and Scrot, so that it can be used with any DE (or WM).

nəvighsəqaat aat

March 15, 2019

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wow ! OmegaGmaster
Interesting. And I would love to know how from these systems, ways screen shots can be taken. However - it could be - that as this is more likely a niche market, that those in these operating systems are much more savvy than those in Windows and Apple.

Thanks so much for weighing in !

March 15, 2019

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ummm - also - still digesting your first post here.
Thank you for your patience and contribution to this issue.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/samsheehy10

On a MacBook, Screen Shot: Command-Shift-3

March 14, 2019
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