How to Make a Screenshot with Kindle Paperwhite

To make a screenshot with your Kindle Paperwhite, simply touch the upper-right corner and the lower-left corner of the screen at precisely the same time and hold until the screen flashes, which will happen almost immediately. Be sure to position your fingers at the very edges of the screen, in the corners, to make the screenshot. If you don’t see the flash, try moving your fingers closer to the corners. You want to feel the black case that keeps the screen in place at the same time the pad of your finger is touching the screen itself.

Alternatively, you can touch the upper-left corner and the lower-right corner at the same time.

Either way, when you connect your Paperwhite to your computer with the USB cable and doubleclick on the Kindle icon, you will see at the root level, below the documents folder, a .png file ┬álabeled “screenshot_2012_10_06 etc” showing the date and time of the screenshot. Pretty neat!

If you have learned any other neat tricks for the Paperwhite, please leave them here as comments so I can pass them along in the next episode of The Kindle Chronicles podcast.

Here is a screenshot that I made tonight of the home screen:

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Comments 6

  1. James wrote:

    Is there a way on the Paperwhite to make a note without highlighting a word too? Seems bizarre that you can’t.

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 12:20 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I tried touching between words, but that doesn’t bring up the note option. I suppose there has to be a way for the Kindle to know where you want the note to appear, so anchoring it to a word is probably the logical way to do it. It might be nice to be able to jot a note that would appear attached to the book in a general way, perhaps appearing near the beginning of it.

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 6:05 am
  3. James wrote:

    It’s weird. I take a lot of notes in my books – like in cookbooks I’ll comment on how to adjust recipe, or in stories on narrative techniques I find interesting. On my DX it NEVER highlight the word (the joystick was better suited for this). It’s a little redundant when you look at all your notes and there are 2 for each note – the highlighted word and then the annotation.

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 10:44 am
  4. Tom Semple wrote:

    You can delete the highlight afterwords, leaving only the note (and the inline reference where the highlight used to end).

    Posted 08 Oct 2012 at 5:36 pm
  5. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Brilliant! Thanks, Tom.

    Posted 08 Oct 2012 at 6:50 pm
  6. James wrote:

    I do that, deleting the highlight. It’s a strange added step. Not something I ever had to do on my DX. I cannot imagine this is a deliberate function the programmers wanted. Making a highlight is making a highlight; making a footnote is making a footnote – they’re not the same thing.

    Posted 09 Oct 2012 at 10:08 am