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Thursday, June 21, 2007

How to Save a Screenshot

Hi folks! It's been a while since I posted, but I'm trying to only post relevant things here, that people need instruction with.

This is a new trick I recently learned. Imagine me...learning a new trick...I guess you really can teach old dogs...uh, er...never mind. Anyhow...I used to use a complicated program to do screenshots, and someone taught me an awesome easy way to do it. Now I'm sure you could use any photo manipulation program but the easiest way for people using Windows is to use Microsoft Paint.

Here's what you do. On the top right-hand corner of your keyboard is a key that says PrtSc...that means Print Screen. Hit that, then open up Paint, click the edit button, when the menu opens click Paste. The picture below is me copying this blog as a screenshot:

Then hit Save As...when the box open, give it a name, and below that box use the dropdown menu to save it as a jpg (picture). Now that you've got this shot, you may want to crop the picture. On Paint, see that tools menu running down the left side of the page...see at the top of the menu, the white box with the dotted rectangle in it...that's the crop box.

Click there...your pointer will turn into a cross-hair. Put the cross-hair where you want to start the cut, hold the left mouse button and drag the cross-hair till you get all that you want of the picture, then let go. (Notice in the picture below, the dotted line.)

Put the pointer in the box and right click on copy. Open a new Paint workspace (Go to File, click..on the dropdown menu choose New) and hit edit, and then paste...and the rest of the save procedure from above, and you wind up with the small piece below...Viola!

21 Comments:

  1. Lady Word said...
    Hi Bonnie, I don't even know you and I already love you. In fact, if I wasn't already married, well, I couldn't answer for the consequences. All of your articles make so much sense, and even a moron like me can figure out how to do this stuff. You're the best! Thanks so much for taking pity on the rest of us tech-challenged losers out here. Louisa (Please don't go see my blog, it would make you cry.) Thanks again for all of your help.
    Lady Word said...
    Hi Bonnnie, Thanks for your kind comments, and especially not making fun of my poor baby blog. I like to think of my little tiny book blog as a work in progress, and I'm trying bit by bit to get it to a more robust presence in blog-land, without getting over my head. This is where you come in! I've really found all of your advice and directions to be invaluable, especially for us novices, which is remarkable, since it's usually very difficult for a knowledgeable person to explain things so any imbecile can understand it. Someday, when my book blog is not an embarrassment in the technical world, I'll be able to say, "I owe it all to Bonnie Calhoun!" with thanks. Louisa
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    LOL..you are very welcome. It takes practice, and a woman with a good decorating eye to make a great blog...just keep at it patience is a virtue!
    Courtney said...
    Bonnie, please help me. I accidentally deleted my blog and desperately want it back! I can't figure out how to contact a human being at Blogger, so could you please help?

    My former URL was www.runningtostandstill-courtney.blogspot.com.

    Thanks, Courtney
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Courtney, go over to the Blogger Help group and make a post. Title the post, "Jordan, I accidently Deleted My Blog"
    Kuanyin said...
    Not to sound too stupid, but where the heck is "Paint"? I've always wanted to do screenshots, so please help me out here.
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    If you are using any Microsoft Windows operating system like 95/98, XP, or Vista...you hit the start menu at the bottom of your screen...select All Programs, Then Accessories, then Paint!

    Click on the Edit tab at the top of the page and the only option that will be lit up is the Paste one!
    Pips said...
    This is an interesting blog. I´m here for the second time and find every day new interesting details.
    TxMommy said...
    Hi Bonnie,
    You can also use Alt+Print Scrn to copy just one window. Just highlight the window you want, then Alt+Print Scrn. You can also paste these images into Word to crop them instead of paint. (I hate paint)...
    uni of melbourne alumni malaysia said...
    thanks so much for this tip..
    tried earlier w ms word, unfortunately cant upload onto blogger.
    Web Proxy said...
    Haha indeed its easy to print screen a page. Thanks for creating this info for tech newbies :) I believe it has been a great help to them Bonnie!
    skip said...
    This is an interesting blog. I´m find new interesting details.
    erp said...
    Thanks Bonnie for sharing. Though print shot isnt something new to me,but i do fins some interesting details here from ur post.good job!
    BabyLyons said...
    There's also the "Snipping Tool" that will take a pic of whatever area you want. Under Accesories. :)
    Anonymous said...
    i have wondered how to do this for the last couple years, literally. THANK YOU!!!!!
    Anonymous said...
    For Mac users:

    Shift+Command+4 - capture whole screen
    Shift+Command+3 - capture bit of screen (with crosshairs) - saved to the desktop.

    Plus there's a program called "Grab" in the utilities folder which will do more complex stuff like capturing a particular window.
    Anonymous said...
    I like to think of my little tiny book blog as a work in progress, and I'm trying bit by bit to get it to a more robust presence in blog-land, without getting over my head. This is where you come in! I've really found all of your advice and directions to be invaluable, especially for us novices, which is remarkable, since it's usually very difficult for a knowledgeable person to explain things so any imbecile can understand it. Someday, when my book blog is not an embarrassment in the technical world, I'll be able to say, "I owe it all to Bonnie Calhoun!" with thanks
    Marcher said...
    Ummmmmm..
    I'm using PicPick, a free and powerful screenshot tool.
    It can use the PrintScrn button as a shortcut, and have many modes.
    Maybe you can have a try.
    Genesis Bible said...
    The only problem with the paint program from Microsoft, is that it produces low quality images. So I prefer to use irfanview.
    ADTC said...
    I think you (Genesis Bible) are talking about saving it as JPEG or GIF. You're right about JPEG. Paint's JPEG algorithms are pretty much crap basic.

    If you're saving to GIF, it's a different story, as GIF doesn't support much colours. Try saving a gradient and it will turn into blocks of shades.

    But you can always save to PNG format if the Paint you have supports it. PNG is a lossless compression format and doesn't give away quality.

    Then of course, I'm not preaching Paint to you. I myself prefer using Paint.NET (www.getpaint.net) instead of Paint.
    izmoend said...
    just need say "thanks so much for tip.." ne

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