Take and Edit Screenshots on a Samsung Galaxy S8

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Taking screenshots while using a mobile device is something we all end up doing at some point or another. Whether it's a shot of some feature or setting, a bug or glitch, or to show off your theme or wallpaper, knowing how to capture a screenshot is integral to maximizing your device's potential.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer a few different methods for taking screenshots. The Galaxy S8/S8+ also gives users the ability to draw, crop, and extract text from screenshots, with a feature called Smart Capture and Smart Select. Sometimes the content on a page or screen goes beyond the visible portion of the display. In this instance, the scroll capture feature works like a charm. No longer do you have to take multiple shots and manually stitch them together. This is quite convenient for users who aren't particularly savvy when it comes to image editing.

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Because the Galaxy S8 and S8+ utilize what is known as Edge Panels, users can grab rectangular, circular, and animation screenshots, by swiping in from the right edge of the device. This is handy when you want to capture a specific portion of the screen, rather than whats on the entire display.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial we'll take you through the steps of each method for capturing screenshots, as well as, how to crop, draw, edit and share them. For this guide, we used a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android Nougat.

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Enable Smart Capture and Palm Swipe

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The first thing we're going to do is make sure both Smart Capture and Palm Swipe are enabled.

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    On the Home screen, swipe up to access the S8's app drawer.
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    Once inside your app drawer, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Advanced features".
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    From the ADVANCED FEATURES screen, toggle the switch next to "Smart capture" and "Palm swipe to capture" to enable them both.
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Take Screenshot using the Device's Power and Volume Buttons

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    Make sure you're on the screen that you would like to capture. Then, at the same time, press the power and volume down button.
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    If your device's sound is on, you'll hear a noise; if vibrate is on, it'll vibrate once the screenshot is taken. If your phone is muted, you'll just see the screen flash quickly.
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    For a few seconds after taking the screenshot, you'll see some options along the bottom of the display, as well as a miniature version of the screen capture you just took.
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Once a screen capture is taken, a notification will appear. Swipe down from the upper edge of the display, then tap the little arrow next to "Smart capture".

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This will expand the notification, and you can tap the image to view it in full-screen mode. You can also edit, delete, and share it from the notification panel.

Take Screenshot using Palm Swipe

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    Palm swipe to capture allows you to swipe your palm or the bottom edge of your hand across the screen to take a screenshot.
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    If you've followed this guide from the beginning, you will have this feature enabled. If not, head back to the first section and turn it on in the Advanced features area.
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    Firstly, ensure that you're viewing whatever it is you want to make a screenshot of.
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    Next, move your palm across the display horizontally (in either direction) with your skin touching the screen.
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    You'll know you've successfully grabbed the screenshot if you see the Smart Capture options pop-up at the bottom of your display.
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  • Take Screenshots using Smart Select

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      To get a screenshot with Smart Select, we have to make sure Edge Panels are enabled. From the home screen, swipe up to access the app drawer.
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      Inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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      On the SETTINGS screen, tap "Display".
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      While on DISPLAY, tap, "Edge screen".
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      On the EDGE SCREEN page, toggle the switch next to "Edge panels".
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      For more information on customizing the S8's edge panels, see our tutorial on adjusting the Galaxy S8's display settings.
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      With Edge panels turned on, visit a page/screen that you'd like to capture, then Swipe inward from the edge of the device.
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      You may have to swipe through a few screens to get to Smart Select. Once you get to it, tap "Rectangle".
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      If it's your first time using Smart Select, you'll see a disclaimer. Read it, then tap "CONFIRM".
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      Using the corners of the selection box, highlight an area. You can also move the selection around by tapping and holding somewhere inside the box.
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      Once you've selected an area, tap "DONE". We used a page with some text for our example so we can showcase the next feature.
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      Now that you've selected an area on the screen, you'll see some options; draw, share, and save. We're going to tap "Text Extract", which sits just above the selected area.
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      If you chose to extract the text, you'd see it framed inside a box with a white background. Three options will appear below the text; close, copy, and share.
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      For our example, we went with "Copy".
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      If you copied the extracted text as we did, go to a blank document (we used Google Docs), then tap and hold until you see the "Paste" options. Tap Paste", and your extracted text will now be in a document.
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      You can also use the Oval option. Go to a page/screen you want to capture, then swipe inward from the edge panel.
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      Tap "Oval" to continue and select an area of the screen.
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      Just as we did with the rectangle selection tool, use the corners to enlarge or shrink the oval area. Once you have an area selected, tap "Done".
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      Now the same options will appear; draw, share, and save. We went with "Save" for our example.
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      You can also create a Gif from some animation or video that's happening on the screen. Swipe inward from the edge panel, then tap "Animation".
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      Using the corners, select an area, then tap "Record". You can choose either; Normal quality, or High quality by tapping the drop-down arrow.
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      Tap "Record" when you're ready, then "Stop" when you're finished.
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      Once your recording has stopped, you can choose again to; draw, share, or save. If you chose "Save", you'd see a message appear saying that the Animated Gif saved, and the location it was saved to.
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    Scroll Capture, Draw, Crop, and Share Screenshots

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      To get screenshot of a page that has more content beyond the visible portion of the display, tap "Scroll capture".
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      The screenshot will now extend into the hidden area. You'll see a message saying Screenshot expanded.
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      If you have a really long page, just keep selecting "Scroll capture" until you see a message that reads; Screenshot expanded. No more hidden areas to capture.
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      You'll now see a much more extended screen capture when you view the screenshot.
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      To draw on top of a screenshot, take one, then tap the "Draw" option on the bottom of the screen.
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      Tap the "Pen" option in the upper toolbar, then select the color and thickness inside the Pen settings toolbox.
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      Now you can draw freely on the screen with either your finger or a stylus. Tap Erase, Undo/Redo to make changes.
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      When you're finished drawing, tap Crop, Save or Share.
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      To use the crop feature, take a screenshot, then tap "Crop" from the smart capture options at the bottom of the display. Using the corners of the selection box, resize the area, then tap "Save".
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      To share a screenshot, simply tap "Share", then continue by selecting an option from the menu that pops-up.
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    Questions and Answers

    The bottom scroll screenshot bar does not show up. Is it a setting?

    Hi the bottom screenshot scroll bar does not show up when I screenshot on my s8. Is it a setting?

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