How to Take a Screenshot with the HTC One M8

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How to Take a Screenshot with the HTC One M8 or M9

To take a screenshot with your HTC One M8, just press the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Photo © Jason Hidalgo

So you’re consuming media on your brand-spanking new HTC One M8 or perhaps the even newer HTC One M9 like the slave to technology that you are and you run across something that you just have to take a screenshot of. Perhaps your arrangement of apps has morphed into a miraculous re-enactment of Elvis Presley's visage. Maybe you have a video of your buddy being slapped at a bar and you want to snap a pic of the moment his face meets those soft, supple palms and post it on his Facebook wall. First, you’re a big meanie. Second, what are you waiting for? Let’s get this done, buddy. As is the case with the iPhone or LG G Flex, taking a screenshot with the HTC One M8 or M9 simply involves two button presses. Just press the power button and the volume down button at the same time. No, you don’t have use the one-handed Vulcan death grip I employed in the image above. I just did it that way because I had to take a photo with my other hand. Anyway, just hold those buttons for a bit and voila, your wingman’s moment of un-glory is now preserved for posterity. Next up is my tutorial on effective methods for blackmail. Just kidding. I’ll be covering how to open the memory card tray next.

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How to Open the MicroSD Memory Card Tray of the HTC One M8 or M9

The microSD slot of the HTC One M8 can be found on the upper right-hand side of the smartphone. Photo © Jason Hidalgo

Like the iPhone, the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9 sport a sexy-looking unibody design. Unlike the iPhone, however, both also come with a microSD slot. Hooray for reasonable memory expansion that doesn’t gouge consumers. The memory card tray can be found on the upper right side of either smartphone just above the volume buttons. If you have tray eject tool, all you need to do is insert its tip into that teeny, tiny hole and the tray will open. Cue evil movie bad guy laugh. Don’t have a fancy, shmancy tray-something-doohickey? No worries, just unbend a small paper clip and that will do the trick, too. Don’t have a paper clip? Then use your incredible powers of concentration, stare at the hole with the veins on your temple popping out, and demand it to pop out by yelling “By the powers of darkness, I ask, nay, command you to reveal yourself” 10 times. Once you realize that actually won’t work, you can go to your nearest Office Depot and buy some paper clips because you’re an honest guy who doesn’t raid the supply cabinet of your office for personal stuff. Up next, reasons why you should see a psychiatrist, I mean, how to access the HTC One M8 or M9 SIM card.

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How to Open the HTC One M8 or M9 SIM Card Tray

The HTC One M8's SIM card tray is in the upper left-hand side of the phone. Photo © Jason Hidalgo

Remember my previous tutorial on opening the HTC One M8’s or M9's microSD tray? Well, just follow everything I said there except the part where you act like a loon and command it to open with your psychic powers. Really, you shouldn’t be doing that stuff unless you’re, like, 8 years old. Basically, it’s just like taking out the SIM card of the LG G Flex. Just get your handy dandy tray eject tool or an unbent paper clip, insert it on the tiny hole on the upper left side of the M8 or M9 and push down. Easy peasy.

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Enabling Swype-Style Keyboard Swiping on HTC One M8 or M9

Are you a Swype fanatic? The HTC One M8 has its own version called the "Trace" keyboard. Photo © Jason Hidalgo

So you’re a fan of Swype and want to figure out how to use a similar keyboard on your HTC One smartphone. Well, the good news is that the phone comes with its own version of the touchy-feely keyboard input called “Trace." To turn it on, tap the “Settings” app then scroll down to “Language and keyboard.” Tap that sucker. Now look for “HTC Sense Input.” It’ll have “Keyboard option” just below it. Tap that sucker, too, and you’ll see a list of options once again. See the box just to the right of “Trace keyboard?” Yes, you know already. Tap that sucker. You can start swiping on your keyboard to input your words of wisdom after that.

Jason Hidalgo is About.com’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too.

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