Visuals work. Screen Shots are highly focused visuals.
The great thing about using screen shots in your blog posts is it helps in conveying what you’re trying to get across. Adding visual aids to your articles lets the readers know you’ve taken the extra step to enhance their reading and learning experience.
And, it's a great way to 'show' some social proof.
As an example, here is a screenshot of a bit of my Twitter engagement for May 16, 2015:
The saying goes, 'A picture is worth a thousand word.'
With this one screenshot, I have social proof of my skills and authority as an inbound marketer.
So, how to you use screen shots?
4 Super-Simple Steps to using Screen Shots in Your Blog Posts
Note: The following four steps are for those who have a Windows Operating System older than 8.0.
1. On your keyboard, there is a “Prt Sc” button. It may look like this:
(If you’re wondering about the crazy Delete button on the top right, it kept getting stuck and would delete whatever I was working on, so I took the top off.)
Okay, back on track.
To add a screen shot, simple click on the “Prt Sc” button. It will take a picture of whatever is on your screen.
2. Next, I went to Microsoft’s Paint feature. This is what it looks like in the menu:
Click on the Paint Button and paste (Ctrl V) the image into it.
3. Crop the image to how you want it. Then save it as a it as a JPG to a file.
4. Insert that image into a relevant post.
Pretty simple, right?
Well, it’s pretty simple if you have an operating system lower than Windows 8.
Using Print Screen with Windows 8
I upgraded to a new laptop and the operating system is Windows 8.1.
Unfortunately, the PrtSc button doesn’t work. I even questioned how to get it to work in the Microsoft forum. It just doesn’t work.
I was though, given a great tip: the Snipping tool.
Snipping Tool is a ‘capture screen’ tool from Microsoft. It’s actually pretty cool, and it’s free. You simply download it to your taskbar.
When you click on the icon, it gives you four options: free form snip; rectangular snip; window snip, and full screen snip.
Whichever you choose, the image is put into a Snipping Tool box.
You can then open Microsoft Paint and paste the image there, or you can paste it directly into a Word document, or you can save it to a file for later use in a blog post or somewhere else on your website.
It’s not as convenient as the older version of PrtSc, but it does have more options.
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