Monday, December 1, 2008

How to Take Capture Your Screen

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to capture what you see on the monitor. The answer is simple and I wanted to share it here for everybody.

If you look at the keyboard, you'll see a key that reads, "Print Screen". This key is usually in the top row to the right of the numbers. All you need to do is press this key in order to capture the screen. The image is placed on the invisible clipboard and the next step is to paste it somewhere.

There are a couple of options for pasting the screen shot. You could open Microsoft Word or Works and paste the image in a blank document (EDIT > PASTE on the menu).

Another option would be to paste the image in a graphics program (like Paint, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, etc.). Pasting the image in a graphics editor allows you to easily crop and edit the image.

How to Capture the Active Window Only

If you don't want to capture the entire screen, you could use the ALT key in combination with the Print Screen key to capture the active window. This is nice when you want to capture an error message to send to somebody. To do this, simply, click the window you want to make active then hold down the ALT and PRINT SCREEN together.

After capturing the window, you can paste it into a blank document or graphics editor program.

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