Printouts of NCED maps will vary depending on your operating system, browser, and graphics programs installed on your computer.
To print directly from your browser, please make sure you enable the printing of background images and colors.
If your printed map is not what you expected, you may take a “screenshot” of your map view by using the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard, save it to your computer, and adjust the map image to your satisfaction.
Using Print Screen
- Locate the "Print Screen" button on your computer keyboard. It is usually located on the upper right side of your keyboard, next to the "F12" button or to the right of the "enter" button.
- Choose what you want to capture. Make sure your map is centered and framed on your computer screen. The "Print Screen" button will capture everything visible on your screen.
- Press the "Print Screen" button one time only. The screenshot will be posted to your clipboard. Don’t worry if nothing seems to happen after you press the button. Your map has been captured.
- Open a photo editing program like MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop. Go to the File menu and select “New.” Then go to the Edit menu and select "Paste" or press "CRTL + V" on your keyboard to paste your map into the program. If you wish to save the file or make any changes, you can work on it from here.
- Crop the image to capture the portions of the map you want to keep.
Windows 7 computers have Snipping Tool as a standard accessory. You can use Snipping Tool to frame just the portion of your map you want to keep, then safely save the image to your computer.
Mac computers have the Grab tool as a standard accessory. Open the Finder, look in Applications folder, and then the Utilities folder. You can use the Grab tool to frame just the portion of the map you want to keep, then safely save the image to your computer.
The following instructions will suffice for most users. However, for more instructions, see the Apple website OS X Lion: Shortcuts for taking pictures of the screen.
- Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4 (Hold down all three buttons at the same time: Command, Shift, and 4.)
- Drag the crosshair pointer to select the area. (To resize the selection area: Continue to press the mouse button, release the keys, and then press Shift, Option, or the Space bar while you drag to resize. )
- When you are ready to take a picture, release the mouse button.
- To cancel, press Escape.
- The screen shot is automatically saved as a file on your desktop. (If you prefer to put the screen shot in the Clipboard, hold down the Control key while you press the other keys. You can then paste the picture into a document.)
For extra-fancy screen shot capabilities
Try one of these free tools: Captur, or Jing. Or, the following for-pay tools: Snagit or LittleSnapper. There is a review of all four of them at the LifeHacker blog. NCED does not endorse any of these tools; these links are provided as a convenience for NCED users.