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How To Take And Post A Screenshot
OP: October 18, 2009, 10:17:04 AM Last Edit: October 18, 2009, 10:28:54 AM by harley
To Take a Full Screen Screenshot

There many different ways to take a screenshot.
The easiest way is described below.

ex: a screenshot of your desktop wallpaper with no user icons showing

1. Right click on a blank area of your desktop and uncheck
" Show Desktop Icons "
as seen below



2. On your keyboard, hit the Prt Sqr / Sys Rq button
( some keyboards actually say " Print Screen " on the button





3. If you are doing this for the first time ever, you will probably think nothing has happened.
However, once you hit that print screen button your screenshot has been copied to the clipboard.
So now you need to open mspaint, paint.net, photoshop, whatever program you use.
Most people always have paint, so I will use paint for the purposes of this tutorial.

4. Open up MS Paint
From your start menu go to:
All Programs / Accessories / Paint

Hint: to make paint easily accessible, right click
on the Paint Icon and choose
Pin To Start Menu



5. Once paint is open, click inside the white part of the screen.

Go to the Edit menu and click Paste or you can press and hold "Ctrl" and tap V.
Your screenshot will appear in the window.
Then you may crop if you like.

6. Click File > Save As. In the box that pops up, change the "Save As Type" to PNG or JPG.
Type in a filename for your image.
Choose a place to save, like the Desktop, and click save.

To Upload and Post Your Screenshot

1. Upload it onto the internet by visiting a site like
TinyPic , Photo Bucket , Image Shack or
our own wonderful image hosting here on the Demons Den and uploading it.

2. Once you have uploaded it, use the BB Code that has the image tags for forums. 
Highlight the BB Code text and right click on the BB Code and choose COPY 

Then paste the text you have just copied into the window of your post.



Your image will appear in your post!



I resized this image for the tutorial, so it is much smaller than the original.

ALTERNATIVE WAY TO TAKE THE SCREENSOT IN VISTA


The way described will work for Vista, but there is a cool built in app to take screenies with in Vista.

In Windows Vista

   1. In Windows Vista (except in Home Basic), there is a tool called the Snipping Tool.
          * To open it, click on the start menu, type snip, then hit enter (the latest version of Windows Vista updates the search results as you type each letter).
   2. Click on Snipping Tool.
   3. The Snipping Tool opens, and a white mask is applied on the screen. In the drop-down menu for the 'New' button, choose from a free-form snip, rectangular snip, window snip, or full-screen snip.
   4. In free-form snip mode, draw around the area you want to be captured. Drag a rectangle in rectangular snip mode. For window snip mode, select the window you want to capture. In full-screen mode, just selecting it from the drop-down menu makes the capture.
   5. The snipped image is then opened within the Snipping Tool, but is also copied to the Windows clipboard for use in other applications.
   6. You will still need to open paint as described above and save you screenie.

TO CROP YOUR SCREENIES
1. Once you have your screenshot in Paint or any other program,
you crop it to suit your needs.

In Paint, use the crop tool.


I only want my screenshot of my desktop to show the wallpaper itself,
I do not want the toolbar to be in the picture I share on the forum.
I will use the Crop Tool to remove the toolbar showing in my screenshot.

Take your crop tool and outline the part of the screenshot you want removed.

Go to EDIT / CUT
Then FILE / NEW
Choose to save or not save original pic as you please.
Then choose EDIT / Paste or CTRL and V
and your newly cropped screenie will appear.
Upload as described after saving it.

My desktop wallpaper with toolbar cropped out




TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF ONLY THE WINDOW SHOWING
LEAVING OUT THE BACKGROUND : IE THE DESKTOP AND OTHER MISC WINDOWS


You take a screenshot and looks like the one below.
But you only want the screenshot of the Paint Application.



Well, its easy! 
Instead of hitting the Prt Scr / SysRq button or the Print Screen button,

Hold and press at the same time to grab your screenshot of a single window.

You would then get this


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