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screenshot from computer

Tangent | Posted in General Discussion on

I just thought I’d share a tip for those of you who use computers….

Sometimes you can not “save” the picture or page you are looking at, but I use a simple ‘screenshot’ to capture it anyway.  I am using Windows XP, I don’t know if this works for other operating systems.

Position the picture as you want to see it on the monitor screen, preferably in ‘full screen view’ so it’s nice and large. Move the cursor to an out-of-the -way spot.  On the keyboard, press the “PrtScrn” key (upper right, beside the F-keys).  That key copies a snapshot of all that was showing on the monitor at that moment, onto the clipboard. Now you need to ‘paste’ your picture onto a word document, or into a graphics program such as Corel Draw. Name and save it, and you have your screenshot picture.  It helps to turn the page orientation to ‘Landscape’ for a better fit, before pasting the picture in.  


  1. SherryG | | #1
    You can also do Alt + PrintScreen to capture the image on on dialog box (or screen).  This does not capture the whole screen display, just the top image, like you find in a smaller pop up box.
    Sometimes you can capture smaller photos within a webpage.  For that, you position the cursor over the image and right click.  Select copy from the menu that pops up.  This does not always work, but very often does.
  2. woodruff | | #2

    On a Mac, if you see something you like, all you have to do is--quick like a bunny--hit command-shift-3. The captured image will land on the desktop as a .gif, I think. Anyhow, you can crop and edit it after that.

    1. Tangent | | #3

      I've never had a chance to try a Mac, but all the people I've talked to who have them (except one lady) seem to love them.  I know Macs are sure prettier than the others!

      Usually, if you want to copy a picture, you can right-click on it, and 'save picture as', etc.  Sometimes this is disabled, or not available. The screenshot is a way of getting it anyway.  Then you can edit it to trim off the unwanted bits if you choose to.  I've also used screenshots to illustrate lessons.

      The tip for copying only the 'top' window sounds interesting, I'll try it.

      By the way, you get a better quality image if you save it into a graphics program, instead of a word document, but the document is more convenient if you are short of time.

      Edited 9/10/2006 3:06 am by Tangent

      1. jyang949 | | #4

        Everybody I know who uses a Mac swears they are superior to pcs. But there's a lot more software for pcs.Janet

        1. SherryG | | #6

          It seems to me that most of the people who love their macs actually hate Bill Gates.  Which perplexes me, since he does not build computers, just the software.

          I think it is mostly what you get use to.  I started out on a mac many years ago and hated it (but in the 80's nearly all desktop computers were slow).  I am now use to a pc and always get confused when I have had to work on a mac.  Everything is in a different place.

          I have also noticed that most mac users tend to be graphics/artist/creative folk were the pc users are mostly business/engineers.  But this is only a very general statement.

          The other thing about mac users I find very confusing is talk about pc software being proprietary.  Apple software and hardware parts are just as proprietary.  Maybe even more so when it comes to the parts.

          But if the mac users are happy with their computers, then I am happy for them.  And I am just as happy with my pc.

          1. Tangent | | #7

            I agree with your points about Mac computers.  Way back, when we first got a computer, we wondered what to get, and settled on a pc because of more software and service availability, and some programs didn't work in a Mac.

            I have nothing against Mac's, just have never had the chance or the need to learn to use them.  They are very nice to look at, compact design and pretty colors. A lot of graphics artists use pc's too, so I wonder what is so special about using Mac's for graphics?

            On a screenshot, I move the cursor out of the way so as not to have it in the picture I want to capture, otherwise it makes no difference where it is.

            Edited 9/11/2006 3:41 am by Tangent

  3. jyang949 | | #5

    I don't think you need to move the cursor out of the way.


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