I like printing things out, marking it up, put comments to the side, etc. With the Kindle, that may seem hard to do – you’re not connected to the printer like your computer is (unless you have the free Kindle for PC application), and a lot of times – for me, at least – it is a pain in the neck to copy a clipping, then sending it over to the computer via the USB cord, etc.
Did you know you can take a screenshot of any Kindle page you are viewing and, for example, move it over as a picture to, say, a Word or PowerPoint document? You can, and here is how to do it…
Don’t know how to take a screenshot using your e-ink Kindle? Here is an easy way to do it:
On the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle (2nd Generation): Press Alt + Shift + G
On a regular Kindle: Press Keyboard + Menu at the exact same time and wait for the screen to refresh and flash.
On a Kindle Touch: While holding down the Home button for a few seconds, tap the screen
On a Kindle Paperwhite: Using one finger in each corner, simultaneously press the screen in opposite diagonal corners.
For each of the e-ink Kindle models, you will see the screen flash (which is what you want it to do). After that happens, plug your Kindle into your computer via the USB cord; with your computer screen (Windows users can go through “My Computer”), navigate to your Kindle’s folder called “documents.” You will see the books that are currently on your Kindle, but you will also see a file with a name starting with “screen-shot.” That’s what you just took a snapshot of on your Kindle, and it will be in “GIF” format.
To take a screenshot with a Kindle Fire, you can do it fairly quickly with the 2nd and 3rd generation HD Fires. To take a screenshot on the first and second generation “regular” Fires you either have to have a separate piece of software installed or hack into your Fire; I’m not going to address how to hack your first or second generation Fire, but there are lots of web articles out there to tell you how to do it.
To take a screenshot with the HD Fires, just follow the instructions listed below; to clarify, I’m talking about these models of the Kindle Fire:
- Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (3rd Gen)
- Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (3rd Gen)
- Kindle Fire HD 7″ (3rd Gen)
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (2nd Gen)
- Kindle Fire HD 7″ (2nd Gen)
The Volume Down button and the Power button are located on the back of the third-generation Kindle Fire tablets. On the second-generation tablets, these buttons are along the edge, as shown in the following illustration, where #1 is the Volume Down button, and #2 is the Power button.
To take a screen shot by using physical buttons:
- With the Kindle Fire tablet powered on, simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button for at least one second.
- The screen flashes briefly and a smaller screen image appears in the center of the screen to indicate a successful screenshot. If the volume is turned up, you’ll hear a shutter sound just before the screen flashes.
- Release the buttons.
- Connect the tablet to your computer.
- Windows: Navigate to Internal Storage > Pictures > Screenshots on the Kindle Fire tablet. The screenshots are saved with generic filenames that include the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second in the format: Screenshot_yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.png.
- OS X: Mac users need to install a free app, Android File Transfer, to complete a USB transfer. Visit android.com/filetransfer and follow the onscreen instructions. After installing Android File Transfer (AFT), AFT starts automatically when you plug in your Kindle Fire tablet. In the AFT window, navigate to Pictures > Screenshots. The screenshots are saved with generic filenames that include the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second in the format: Screenshot_yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.png as shown below:
Please note all Fire screenshots are saved in the PNG format.
Hope that helps!
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