When using Microsoft word to write step by step guides for software’s and applications, its important to know how to take and annotate on screenshots.
In this tutorial guide, I will share with you how to take and annotate on screenshots inside Microsoft word.
How To Take screenshots
Open Microsoft word. Click insert on the top menu.
Click on screenshot icon and select screen clipping.
Microsoft word will minimize and your mouse arrow cursor will change to a plus. Left click, hold and drag to select the section you want to screenshot. Once selected, release the mouse button. Your screenshot will be automatically taken and inserted into Microsoft word.
How to Annotate On The Screenshot
It’s possible to annotate on a screenshot inside Microsoft word. You can highlight and add text description to some parts of the screenshot you have taken based on the tutorial you are working on. For example, you may add a box to highlight a menu item for an app, an arrow to point on the box you have highlighted, and some texts to describe the menu item.
To do this, click on insert and select shapes. Choose rectangle shape. Click and drag to select the section you want to highlight on the screenshot.
Click on shape fill, select none. Click on shape outline and choose a color of your choice.
Go back to insert then click on shapes and select line arrow. Click and drag to point on the box or any other place on the screenshot. Choose shape color and weight under shape outline.
Next, select text box under shapes. Enter a short description of the menu item you have highlighted by typing into the text box.
You can reposition the shapes to any section of the screenshot as you want.
And that is it.
It’s that easy.
You are not limited on the annotations you can make so long as they make sense to your audience. Be open and try out different shapes.
How do you take screenshots for use in tutorial guides on Microsoft word?
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