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

From: Molle Bestefich <molle.bestefich_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-29 12:46:00 CEST

On 8/26/05, djss@mail.utexas.edu wrote:
> 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.
> ;)


Nice guide, but there's a much easier way.

1. Download, install and run GrabCaptureScreen (freeware) from:

2. Configure it to save pictures in PNG format per default

3. Right-click the systray icon, choose "Capture" then "Window"

4. Press the "Email" button in the GCS window to attach the picture to
a shiny new e-mail..

Warmly recommended as an alternative to the pretty lame screen
capturing that's builtin in Windows.

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Received on Mon Aug 29 12:46:39 2005

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