• Lowell

iPad Screen Capture Hints

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

I'm sharing some iPad (or as my 93 year old Dad calls it, MyPad) tips this month. I'll tell you how to take screen shots and how to copy entire web pages in Safari, Apple’s Internet browser app. Most, if not all these tips will also work on your iPhone.

Some of these tips require version 13 of the Apple operating system. To verify your version, tap the Settings icon, then General on the left, then Software Update on the right.

There are several ways to take a picture of your device’s screen.

  • If your iPad has a Home button, then simultaneously pressing the Power button and Home button will take a picture of your screen. This method takes a little practice. I actually press the Home button a split-second before pressing the Power button, but I must act quickly. Depending on the operating system, you may see a thumbnail picture appear in the device’s lower, left corner. Tap the thumbnail to open the photo in the built-in editor.

  • If you do not have a Home button, then simultaneously pressing the Power Button and the Up volume button takes a screenshot. Tap the thumbnail to edit it.

  • · If you have an external, Apple compatible keyboard, you have two options. Pressing the Cmd key (don’t hold it too long or a help window will appear), Shift, and 3 keys simultaneously mimics the two options explained above. Pressing Cmd, Shift, and 4 keys simultaneously takes a screenshot and automatically opens it in the built-in photo editor. This is my favorite option.

Let’s capture an entire web page in the Safari browser. In Safari, go to www.cnet.com or a website you like, but one that requires scrolling to see the entire page. Using either of the first two options above, or the Cmd+Shift+3 option, take a screenshot and tap the thumbnail to open it in the editor.

  • At the top of the screen, tap the Full Page button.

  • A scrollbar appears on the right margin. Drag up and down to scroll the captured web page

  • If you tap the Action button (a square with an upward pointing arrow) in the upper right corner, you can send the web page via email, text, or AirDrop. There are other options as well.

  • If you tap Done in the upper left corner, you can save the page to the Files app on your iPad or to iCloud Drive.

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