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Windows - If you see it, you can capture it.

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  1. LANMaster

    LANMaster Banned Thread Starter

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    Got an image on your screen that you want to save as a graphic file?
    But you can't seem to save it in the format that you want?
    You can always capture it manually. Anything you can see, you can save.

    On a desktop, hold down the "Windows key" and hit the "Print Screen" key.
    On an IBM laptop hold down the "Fn" key and hit the "Prt Scrn" key.

    This will capture whatever images are on your entire screen and place that image in the clipboard.

    Next start MSPaint (or other graphic utility of your choice)
    To start MSPaint click Start, Run, then type in "mspaint" (no quotes) and click OK.

    In MSPaint, click Edit, then Paste. The entire screen will then appear as a graphic file
    which you can save in several different formats such as JPEG, BMP, TIF, etc.

    Perfect if you want to email an image.
    :cool:
     
  2. Ethmer

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    Thanks!
     
  3. deh

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    Just hitting only "Print Screen" should do the same.

    If you would like to only captured the current window you can hit Alt-Print Screen.
     
  4. Ethmer

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    "Just hitting only "Print Screen" should do the same."

    Not in my case. i have the PrintKey 2000 program on my computer (freeware) which lets you immediately print (hard copy) what you see immediately simply by pressing the Print Screen key. (This feature has helped me save hard copies of error messages when my PC starts fouling up.)

    By pressing the Windows key while pressing the Print Screen key i get it into the clipboard without printing a hard copy.
     
  5. deh

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    Ok
    All I know is in my case on many machines different versions of windows just hitting Print Screen puts the entire screen on clipboard. Actually never seen it not work but admit dont use the feature a whole lot.

    Hmmm wonder the difference.
     
  6. LANMaster

    LANMaster Banned Thread Starter

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    On mine,
    Alt-Print Screen captures only the active window.

    Ctrl-Print Screen captures the entire desktop.

    :D
     
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