Hello Guardians,

If you are reading this you are probably a bit stuck with figuring out how to take and upload a screenshot. This tutorial will provide you with step by step instructions using windows 7 (a tutorial using an earlier version of windows can be found here), however a quick guide for those using Mac OS is also included. This tutorial is using CityVille in the example, but it can be applied to any game you are playing.

Taking a screenshot.

Step 1:

Make sure the issue is clearly visible on your screen.



Step 2:

Press the print screen button on your keyboard:



Step 3:

Click on the windows start button, go to programs, accessories, then select "Paint".
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Step 4:

Once the program is up on your screen go to edit, then select "paste".
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Step 5 (optional for resizing):

Once you see the image on your screen you can edit it, I would recommend cropping it to show the issue you are having more precisely or resizing it to make it easier to view on the forums.
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Step 6:

Once you are done editing save your image.
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Taking a Screenshot on a Mac


  1. Press Shift + Command + 4, which will bring up a selection tool.
  2. Click and drag to select the area of the screen that you want to take a picture of.
  3. The image will be saved onto your desktop.


OR

  1. Press Shift + Command + 3 to take a screenshot of the whole screen.
  2. It will be saved to your desktop.


OR

  1. Press Shift + 4, then Space, then click a window.
  2. A screenshot of the selected window will be saved to your desktop.


Modifying a Screenshot on a Mac

  1. Double-click the screenshot to open it.
  2. Use the Select tool to select an area of the image.
  3. Go to Tools -> Crop to crop everything but the area selected.
  4. Click File -> Save As and save your file.




Uploading a screenshot.

Now that you have a saved image you are ready to upload it. There are many hosting sites and you are welcome to use whichever you like best. In this tutorial we will be using tinypic, it's free and you do not have to register. I personally use photobucket, for which you do have to register, but you can then set-up privacy controls.

Step 1:

Go to tinypic.com, photobucket.com, imageshack.us, or another image hosting site. Click on "choose file" navigate to your file (usually in pictures), click on "open", then click on "Upload Now" (you might have to enter a captcha).



Step 2

Once your file is uploaded, you will be presented with links to copy to your post. You want to copy (right click and copy) the one that starts with [IMG].
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To insert that link into your post just right click on your post and select "paste".



That's all there is to it! If you're having trouble, send a message to a moderator to CM.

Thanks!