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How can I make a printsreen ?

by tomygreen1 / March 6, 2013 4:54 PM PST


I want to make a print screen of specified part of my screen. I know that there is an option in system but it captures whole screen which I don't want.

could you advice me some useful software ?

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How can I make a printsreen
by Maya459 / March 6, 2013 5:17 PM PST

You will have to make the use of print screen option only. In case you need to a particular part from it then you can take help of paint and edit the part you need it. In this way, you will get a specified print which you need it.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 6, 2013 5:46 PM PST

In windows 7 there's the snipping tool that does exactly what you want.

In earlier versions of Windows, you either use paint to select a part of a bigger screen print, or you buy a shareware program like snagit.


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What OS are you running?
by ChuckT / March 31, 2013 6:55 AM PDT

If you have Win7 then, as has been mentioned, there is the Snipping Tool. The quickest way to get to it, if you have never used it before, is to just click on the Start (Windows) button, in the lower left corner of your desktop, and type in "snipping tool" (you may not need to type all that, as soon as you start typing that, Windows will narrow down your possibilities) and click on it.

Once started you will see options to use one of the four ways of selection your capture: Free form (where you drag a line around the screen), Rectangular (where you select diagonal corners of a rectangle), Window (where you select the window, but if it is not fully exposed - some is overlaid - then the window dimensions are captured), or Full screen.

After you have made you choice of the snip, and, if needed, the area, you will be given to save the selection as HTML, PNG, GIF or JPG. There are reasons you might select one format over the other, and if you need direction there then ask in another posting - don't clutter up this thread - it will get busy.

Other screen capture tools abound in Windows. The screen capture built into all versions of windows is limited, but perhaps more useful than you realize. Sure just pressing the [PrtScn] button on the keyboard doesn't quite do what you expect - since it just really puts the screen into a memory buffer area, and it is up to you to then paste that capture into the program of your choice, but that's not too bad, just a bit cumbersome.

If you paste that capture into the built-in Windows program Paint, you can see what it is you really captured where you can then crop and edit it down from there, and finally save it to a graphic format you want (different versions of Windows gives you different formats).

If it isn't a full-screen you want to capture, perhaps it is just a window, then just hold down the [Alt] button while you press the [PrtScn] button. That will capture just the active (top-most) window.

And you still paste the temporary screen buffer area into the program of your choice, like Paint or whatever.

Sure, there are other programs around, and a lot of free ones, that will more automate the actions of what you capture and paste into the program of your choosing, but you didn't ask that. All you asked for methods of capturing some portion less than your whole screen.

Ask another question and perhaps we'll know more of what you want.

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nice advice
by tomygreen1 / April 23, 2013 10:12 PM PDT
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and on that note
by ChuckT / April 24, 2013 5:22 AM PDT
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Since all you had asked was how to do a screen capture, or a part of the screen, I didn't bother to elaborate more than what is already built into Windows. If you are wanting a program that might help you to that end, and after reading what the program you mentioned does, then I will now mention IrfanView.

IrfanView is, first, an image (and video and sound) viewer, and a VERY good one at that. But there are many other functions built into IrfanView. One of those abilities is Screen (or screen region) Capture.

You can define what hot keys to use (not PrtScr, sadly) and where that capture will be saved, what format that image will be saved as (20 selections there, and JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF are some of them), and also if you want the capture image to be additionally brought up in an editable window.

These are all things that your mentioned PrintScreen Helper does, and IrfanView does a ton of stuff more. Plus, it is free, and small. If you have never heard of IrfanView before, then you can't say that anymore. It would be very beneficial for you to try it out. And don't write it off as some simple image viewer, it really is soooo much more than that. It is not a full-fledged graphics editing program (doing that would take away its smallness and speed) but it does most of the common image editing functions you might want to do.

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this is helpful enough
by AlohaMonday / May 22, 2013 6:00 PM PDT


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by ChuckT / May 23, 2013 3:21 AM PDT
In reply to: this is helpful enough

Yes? Why? What? Huh?

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by HulieWV / January 28, 2014 6:31 AM PST

I have been using Gadwin PrintScreen for many years. I do not know if it is still available! It is very simple, gives you a variable selection tool, and you easily select the file to save it in. It saves anything you select in .jpg. I use version 3.5 and have never changed or updated...it "ain't broke", so I don't mess with it. One of the most useful apps I have.

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