As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. When you're trying to convey something about a particular website and can't simply explain it using the URL (because the design/website isn't live yet, because their is an error in the flash or java script rotation/imagery and can't be captured by sending the URL) then you'll need to send a screen shot. For PC users, here's how you do it.
1) Open the particular page you want to capture by browsing to it using your favorite Internet Browswer (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc).
2) Make sure you can actually SEE the portion of the web page you want to capture. This rudimentary way to do a screenshot does not capture anything out of the window of your browser, so no scrolling areas. Just what you can see. So scroll down, left, right, which ever.
3) If you are trying to capture an issue in something that is in a rotation or flash movie, then wait until that particular FRAME or image comes up.
4) Push the PRINT SCREEN (Prnt Scrn) button on your keyboard as soon as you SEE what you want to capture. The Prnt Scrn button is located at the top right of your keyboard. Specific locations differ according to the make and model of your keyboard and/or laptop.
What PRINT SCREEN does is not actually PRINT, but it COPIES the image on the screen (similar to the CTRL + C funtion does to text and images).
5) Open one of the following:
– Microsoft Windows file
– Windows Paint program (under your Accessories)
– Photoshop File (PSD)
– Gimp File
Or any other program that allows you to display an IMAGE (so NOT Notepad).
6) Paste the selection into the open/blank file by pushing the CTRL and V keys AT THE SAME TIME, or by right clicking on the blank screen and clicking "Paste".
7) Save the file (will usually default it as a .jpg).
8) If you're using a image editing program similar to photoshop, you can actually put in text notes over areas you're really trying to point out.
If you want an easier way of capturing a screen shot, considering using a speciality program like Snag It. Snag it has a free trial period and is extremely useful. In fact, you can embed a Snag it button into your browser and email client (such as Outlook) where all you have to do is click the button and it captures the screen. And the best part of Snag it is, that you can capture an entire web page scrolling or not in one click. Useful for long web pages with column issues.