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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 12:11:40 PM

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This morning, I tried to send someone a copy of what I see when I look at the computer.

As far as I know this is a 'screenshot'. I couldn't work out how to do it.

I did manage to get a PDF of what I saw in my browser (not the whole screen), but I find PDF to be a very 'unfriendly' format. Brick wall

What I wanted is something like this:



I took that with a camera!

There is a 'print screen' key, but it seems to do nothing.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? d'oh!

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TL Hobs
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 12:31:17 PM

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Without knowing anything about your computer, software, etc., I suspect the Print Screen button is writing it to the clipboard. If so, you would need to open the clipboard and print its contents from there.

Just a hunch....

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Epiphileon
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 1:24:38 PM

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Hi Dragon, when I do that I hit the print screen button, then open MS Paint, and choose "paste" from the edit menu. This pastes the content of the clipboard into the program. At least I think that is what is happening.

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towan52
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 2:35:45 PM

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Not sure if this works everywhere but if you hit alt + PrintScreen, Ctrl + PrintScreen or Shift + PrintScreen then paste into whatever document you are working with (email or word) that works for me. I have twin screens and each of the above gets left, right or both. I can never remember which!

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papo_308
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 2:50:40 PM
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I do it exactly as was described before:

1. Printscreen if you want the whole screen, Alt+Printscreen if you want only the window that has focus.
2. Ctrl+V in Paint.
3. Optionaly edit in Paint (like cropping to a smaller rectangle or adding some text).
4. Save as JPG or PNG or other format.


There are freeware programs that make the process more comfortable, enabling you to extract some area of the screen directly (I think snagit is one of them).

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 12:19:31 PM

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It Works!

I knew I was probably doing something wrong. d'oh!



Thank you all!

So, Towan, two screens, eh?



I've recently changed to Window 10, and suddenly find that the 'NEW' menu doesn't include 'Paint', but 'New Bitmap' - but it opens in Paint anyway.


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Ni un voto al PRIAN PVEM
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015 2:46:47 AM

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Your desktop is a mess, you have pictures, text documents, things you don't need here and there. For some reason you were turning on and off the volume. Maybe you are too busy
towan52
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015 10:41:28 AM

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Drago - I have to have two screens - One in American and one English!

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FounDit
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015 3:16:19 PM

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Last advice I received from IT people was to leave Win 10 alone.

Let us know how it is working for you from time to time, Okay?

BTW, bet you didn't expect to get criticized for your desktop, huh?..Whistle


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:31:38 AM

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Since Windows 7 there has been a free application called Snipping Tool. Just click the Start button and search for it.


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FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:48:32 AM

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I'd forgotten all about that little tool, JJ.

You have to have all this written down somewhere. You can't possibly remember everything!! Can you??


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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 9:42:18 PM

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If you want to capture portions of the screen and also the entire screen, you may want to look into SnagIt. You have to purchase it but it is fantastic. Chock full of capabilities. For just a few captures it may not be feasible to make the purchase. There is a Windows version, don't know about Mac. I mainly use Linux now, so don't use it much anymore, but it is a good app.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 3:54:51 AM

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FounDit wrote:
I'd forgotten all about that little tool, JJ.

You have to have all this written down somewhere. You can't possibly remember everything!! Can you??


Sometimes I don't remember my own name. I have to look it up from my ID card ;-)


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Priscilla86
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 4:21:24 AM

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Glad you've found the solution. You probably forgot to do the next step after you hit 'print screen', didn't you, Drago?

I usually use Photoshop as I don't have Ms Paint but these lately I prefer to use Snipping Tool (the one JJ mentioned), I've found it to be quicker as you save a few steps compared to 'print screen'.

Print screen:
1. Hit print screen
2. Open Photoshop
3. Create new canvas
4. Paste the image
5. Save the image in a format of your choosing to the folder

Snipping Tool:

1. Activate the tool
2. Drag the cursor to highlight the area on the monitor you want to convert to image
3. Save the image to the folder


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 5:03:34 PM

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Priscilla86 wrote:
Glad you've found the solution. You probably forgot to do the next step after you hit 'print screen', didn't you, Drago?

Not exactly forgot.
I've never had need to do it before, so I had no idea.

I expected 'print screen' to send the picture of my screen to a 'print' window - then I could just choose 'print to file' and it would appear wherever I wanted to put the file.

That sounds like what the 'snipping tool' does.

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Priscilla86
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:15:54 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

I've never had need to do it before, so I had no idea.



Your experience with the 'print screen' button reminds me of my own experience with computer a long time ago.

Back when I was a freshman in Archi school, only CDs had big enough capacity to save all the images we needed. As I'd never had to do that, I thought it would just be like saving into a floppy disk, just copy the images to the floppy disk drive and you're good to go. With CDs, I didn't know there was an extra step after that, which was to 'burn' the images to the CD. I went to class with an empty CD that day. Let's just say I got a rude awakening about how technologically-challenged I was Whistle


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 3:18:04 PM

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Priscilla86 wrote:
I went to class with an empty CD that day. Let's just say I got a rude awakening about how technologically-challenged I was Whistle [/color]



Are you sure that isn't a 'the dog ate my homework' excuse?Think

I like 'technologically challenged' - I usually just say that I'm stupid!



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