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How to take a Screenshot on the iPad and iPhone without a screenshot application

By on April 5, 2010 | Last Updated: July 14, 2010 | Read 256,220 times.
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Have you ever seen those fancy screen shots of the iPad screens in various reviews and blog posts? Well, creating them is easy and does not require you to purchase or download any applications to create them. In fact, the iPad software includes a built-in ability to take a screen shot of any screen that you are currently viewing on the iPad and save it as an image that you can then transfer to your computer.

To create the screen shot, you simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the screen you would like to create a screen shot.
  2. When at this screen, click on the Home button, and while pressing that button, press and release the On/Off/Sleep/Wake button at the top of the iPad. The two buttons that you need to press can be seen in the image below.

    Buttons that you need to press in order to create a snapshot on the iPad

    When you press this button combination, you will see a white flash and hear a sound similar to a camera click.
  3. The screen shots that you take can then be seen within the Photo app.

If you then need to transfer these files to your computer, you can either use iTunes to transfer the files during a sync or you can access the iPad directly and copy the files over to the location you wish.

If you have any questions on how to do this, please feel free to ask them in our dedicated iPad forum.



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