Taking a screenshot is one of the most basic functions that our smartphones offer, and we tend to forget how convenient and useful a feature it is. Samsung’s flagship devices offer multiple ways to take a screenshot, and in typical Samsung fashion, this feature has a few enhancements as well. Here is how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone.

Method #1 — Hardware buttons

how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 8

This is the old-fashioned way to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 8. With the physical home button no longer available up front, Samsung has gone to the standard set of hardware controls that is available with all Android smartphones when it comes to taking a screenshot.

  • Navigate to what you want the screenshot to display.
  • Press and hold the volume down and power buttons simultaneously.

Method #2 — The palm gesture

Using this gesture to take a screenshot has become one of Samsung’s staple features. It does the same as the button method, but it is much faster and simpler once you get used to it.

  • Navigate to what you want the screenshot to display.
  • Extend your palm and swipe the whole screen with the side of your hand.

Keep in mind that this is an advanced feature, so it can be turned off. Toggle it on/off by going to Settings > Advanced features > Palm swipe to capture.

Method #3 — Scroll capture

Have you ever used Samsung’s scroll capture feature? It allows users to grab an image of more than what your physical screen can display. It’s great for capturing entire scrollable pages or apps in a single image.

  • Navigate to what you want the screenshot to display.
  • Use the button or palm swipe methods to capture a screenshot.
  • A preview and multiple options will show up at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap Scroll capture. You can also draw, crop, or share from this menu.
  • Keep pressing the Scroll capture button to keep going down the page.

This feature is found in a section called “Smart Capture,” which can be turned off. Toggle it on/off by going to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart capture.

Method #4 — Smart Select

Take things to the next level with TouchWiz Smart Select. This feature makes it possible to create screenshots in the shape of ovals and squares. You can also put GIFs together and pin screen sections (keeps them floating above the UI).

  • Navigate to what you want the screenshot to display.
  • Open the Edge panel.
  • Slide left/right until you find the Smart select section.
  • You can also take out the S Pen and choose Smart select.
  • Select which mode you prefer.
  • Select the area you want to screenshot and follow instructions.

There are special functions within each feature here. For example, one can extract text from screenshots. It is also easy to draw over them, share, and more. Smart select is a feature within the Edge panel, which can be deactivated within the settings. Toggle it on/off by going to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels.

So, that’s how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone!