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How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 CodeUnit 23 JAN 2012

Usually on an Android smartphone you need to root and install a special app in order to be able to take a screenshot or screen capture if you will. Not so on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 running Android 2.2.1 Froyo, as pleasingly it comes with a built in screen capture functionality!

To take a screenshot of your home screen or any other screen for that matter is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is press and hold the physical Back button on the phone, usually the button to the right of the big main button in the centre, i.e. the Home button, and while you are doing that, press the Home button just once. You will hear the camera snapping sound and if you release the buttons and browse through to your Gallery, you’ll see the screenshots under the ScreenCapture menu item.

Handy if you like pictures to go along with your app reviews or phone tutorials!

Just a note though, but sometimes applications pick up the Back button hold as a Back button press, meaning that the application keeps exiting or going back, making it impossible to take a screen capture of the screen that you need – to get around this, simply exit completely to the home screen, press and hold the back button, and then reopen the application whilst holding the back button down and browse through to the required screen. Then it is a simple matter of tapping the Home button to grab the shot.

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Nifty!

Greenshot CodeUnit 09 SEP 2009

If you’re talking about a useful little app that’s simple to use, gets the job done extremely efficiently and then even has the balls to throw in some fun little things like camera noises and even a flashlight effect to boot, then you really must be talking about Greenshot, an absolutely brilliant little piece of screen capture software (written in C# just in case you were wondering).

Open source of course, Greenshot is an optimized, small footprint app that sits in your taskbar and patiently waits for you to give it a call, allowing you to take screenshots of windows, regions or even just a full monitor snapshot if that’s what you are looking for. You can save the capture in a variety of image formats, as well as set the file destination to things like your clipboard, your default image editor, etc.

It’s fast, efficient and not particularly bloated, making it a definite must-have if you’re prone to taking lots of screenshots intended for all that damn documentation you’re supposed to be writing! I like it! :)

Greenshot Screenshot

(Thanks Mr. Sven for the heads up)

Related link: http://greenshot.sourceforge.net/