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Learn how to take a screenshot or use the snipping tool

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Joe Link, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've noticed quite a few people don't know how to take a Windows screenshot or use the snipping tool, so I figured I'd share a couple of links. Screenshots are among the most valuable tools one has to relay information about issues they're seeing on their computers and devices. I highly suggest that everyone who uses a computer get familiar with these features.

    First, a couple definitions. A screenshot an image of the entire display on a computer screen. A snip, in this case created with the Windows Snipping Tool, is a tool which can take screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. The biggest benefit of the Snipping Tool is that it has the ability to capture only what you select, while a screenshot captures everything.

    XP is limited to standard screenshots out of the box, while Vista, 7, and 8 include the Windows Snipping Tool. There are third party utilities to bring Snipping Tool like functions to XP, but I can't vouch for the legitimacy of any of them, and they should be used at your own risk.

    Here are the links to the Microsoft instructions. Enjoy!

    XP / Screenshot: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-xp/help/setup/take-a-screen-shot

    Vista, Win 7, Win 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-snipping-tool-capture-screen-shots#1TC=windows-7
     
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  2. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  3. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Windows.
    I like ALT+PrtScn (Alternate key and the Print Screen key)
    That captures just the in-focus window, rather than the entire desktop.

    Then I use Paint.NET for manipulating the images.
     
  4. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    COOL! I'm gonna snip Joe's avatar and use paint to put a green boogie under his nose, then I'll have my North Korean contacts hack into the website and insert it to his profile so everyone will think it's real.... BRILLIANT! :D
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good info Joe. I like the snipping tool, it's very useful.
     
  6. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    GREAT INFO Thanks
     
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    People sill use MS IE?
     
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    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I never knew about the snipping tool...thanks Joe!
     
  9. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Worker bees in my office use a lot of screen prints and snippets - part of the job. The common app for that is some horrible multi-step Printkey 2000 program. This is MUCH easier to use. Thanks for posting it.
     
  10. FZRider

    FZRider Lacey, Wa Active Member

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    We use Screen Hunter at work on our Windows machines. You can download it for free at downloads.com