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Re: [TSVN] Screenshot Formats [was Re: Relocate error]

From: <djss_at_mail.utexas.edu>
Date: 2005-08-26 21:00:58 CEST

I'll go ahead an simplify things all the way, since I've actually run into a lot
of people who don't know how to start taking a screenshot.

*note that your mouse cursor will not show in a screenshot so don't get weirded
out by it

1) Do whatever it is to get on your screen the thing you want to take a
screenshot of.
2) Taking the screenshot. Here you have two options.
  a) If you want to take a screenshot of one thing, like a dialog box that's
open, press and hold "Alt" and then hit "Print Scrn". On a regular desktop
keyboard it's in the top right. On a laptop the location varies, and it often
requires you to press the Fn key. The "Alt" key is what makes it only take a
picture of *the current window*.
  b) If you want to take a screenshot of everything on your whole screen, just
press the "Print Scrn" button.

3) Preparing the screenshot for saving.
  a) Open Paint (start->programs->accessories->paint)
  b) This is a very handy step: Image->attributes->width=20, height=20.
  c) Edit->paste. If it asks if you want to resize it, hit yes. The resize makes
sure the image is just the right size with no extra.
  d) If you want, you can crop it at this point by dragging the image up & left,
and then resizing the canvas. Don't worry about this part if you don't
understand that.

4) Saving:
  a) If the screen shot is *primarily* a photograph (taken with a digital camera
for example), you prefer the JPEG format. If the screenshot is primarily the
interface for a Windows program (TSVN dialog box for example), you prefer PNG
first, then GIF, then JPEG last if the first two aren't available.
  b) File->Save.
  c) Very important: From the dropdown box, select the format you want to save
the image in. Windows XP added support for the PNG format so if you have an
older OS (98, 2000), this might not be available. JPG *should* be available in
that case, but I'm not quite sure. It's been a looong time.
  d) Choose a filename. Paint will automatically add the right image extension
for you if you don't give one, so you might as well just type the name you want
without an extension.

5) Sending the screenshot. This is easy. Just attach it to an email and send.

Hope this helps,

If you have Windows XP

Quoting Peter McNab <mcnab_p@melbpc.org.au>:

> Nick Gilbert wrote:
> >JPEG is for photographs only. Screenshots should be saved as PNG or even
> >GIF if that isn't available. JPEG is lossy and results in very ugly
> >screenshots with compression artifacts which are actually larger than
> >their PNG equivalent most of the time.
> >
> >BMP as a way of sending screenshots is for people who don't know what
> >they're doing and probably shouldn't be using TSVN let alone developing
> >software! :) All software developers should know how to use e-mail and
> >take screenshots!
> >
> >Nick...
> >
> >
> >
> Well I have just learned something, so posts with a suitable explanation
> are valuable to us all.
> Thanks
> Peter
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