Now, while this might not be applicable to you if you get most of your job done on a smartphone (or tablet), it should be immensely useful if you (like me) spend most of your digital time on a PC.
Plus even if you do not use a PC often, this little tip should save you some trouble when you run into the scenario I’m about to describe below.
A little backstory:
A few weeks ago (I think it was two), I walked into a superior’s office.
The office was nothing special … the usual: a wooden door that squeaks (a little) when you open, an A.C staring right back at you when you walk in, a few desks and chairs (it’s a combined office space), sheets of paper littered on those desks and hungry looking men pressing their hard butts on the sorry chairs (please, don’t tell them I said this).
Everything but one was normal. — I mean, I’ve entered this office over a billion times.
That one thing was:
I caught a glimpse of one of the men in the office pointing his smartphone camera right at the screen of his Laptop.
My first thoughts were:
“Oh well, maybe he is trying to scan a barcode or something“.
You know, scan a barcode to install an app? … or maybe, visit a website?
You get what I’m saying right?
Well, it turned out I was wrong.
I mean, drastically wrong.
This man (who is my “computer applications” lecturer by the way) was not trying to scan a barcode o … not even a bit.
He was trying to capture information from a web page by literally “snapping” it with his phone.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad in trying to capture information.
What I’m trying to point out is, there were (or are?) over 5 options he had to do that same thing much more efficiently.
For one, he could have simply taken a screenshot on his PC and sent the photo to his phone.
Or, even better, he could have saved the web page as a PDF document.
But, he didn’t.
Instead, he asked his colleague (another man in the office) a question which cracked me up. — Yeah, this was when I messed up.
The “snapper” turned to his colleague and asked:
“Abeg your phone camera clear? My own no dey show this text well“.
After he said those, I literally started laughing … and it was so obvious that I was laughing at him.
Now, imagine that.
A petty student like me, laughing at my lecturer.
If you were the lecturer, what would you have done?
Anyways, that was not even the annoying part. What was more awful was:
When he asked me, “Why are you laughing?“.
My reply was:
“You should have taken a screenshot e!”
Now, nothing was wrong with the content of the reply, obviously. But the way I said it, the way I said it was silly.
My intonation sounded like I was mocking him … and I was. Unfortunately, I got to find out the hard way that you do not toil with a man’s ego (especially a superior).
What happened to me that day en!
That would be a story for another day.
When trying to capture information from the screen of your laptop (or desktop, if you still use those), you can take a screenshot of the active screen — yeah, like you would do on your smartphone.
There are about two ways to go about this on Windows without having to install any third party application.
– The first option you have is to use the “prnt scr” button on your keyboard.
– Second, make use of the snipping tool that ships with windows.
Digital Citizen has a piece on how to go about this, do check it out.