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Keep mouse pointer in screenshot

by jas0nhe / August 2, 2005 4:27 PM PDT
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Sure, but it requires a snapshot type of program
by ChuckT / August 2, 2005 6:00 PM PDT

Look for a snapshot type of program that has the ability to include the mouse cursor in the capture.

There are many that have that option, and IrfanView is one of them.

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Chuck, you're a genius!
by jonah jones / August 2, 2005 7:11 PM PDT

i took this screen shot with irfanview, and then cursed when the cursor didn't show Sadcurrent posts




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Is that sarcasm?
by ChuckT / August 3, 2005 6:56 AM PDT

Not sure how to take your message.
You give a compliment (?) ("Chuck, you're a genius!"), which I would emphatically deny, then you mention that I tip I gave didn't work.

I tried the link you gave for "current posts" and it fails, so I can't see what it is you posted elsewhere.

But, I will assume that you were not aware of the "Include mouse cursor" selection in the Capture options. It is there.

Don't worry if I misconstrued your intent, if your intent was to let me know I informed you of an ability of IrfanView that you were not aware of, I take no offense.

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Perhaps you are not aware of the IrfanView Capture function
by ChuckT / August 4, 2005 4:52 AM PDT

I am still trying to rationalize what you meant, and you haven't responded, so I am left with trying to figure out your meaning.

So, last night I came across this thought...
Perhaps you think using IrfanView as an opened window where you then just paste in your screenshots is going to capture your mouse cursor. Well, as you found out, that doesn't work.

What I meant is that there is a screen Capture (just press the "C" key, or select the command Options>Capture). At that time you will see the Capture Setup window.

In the Capture setup window you make your settings to "Include mouse cursor." In that same window you also select the destination folder, or just have the capture area automatically placed in the viewer window. Also, if you decide to go with the save as a file, you can specify what directory to place the captures and what format to use. Then click the [Start] button. The IrfanView window will minimize, so it looks like it closed - but it hasn't. It is running and waiting for your hotkey press.

I use the Capture quite often while I test software where I work. It is an easy and fast method to grab images off the screen as fast as I push a key. I could even set it as an automatic timer.

IrfanView is a really great tool.

I sure hope that straightens it out, if you were having some misunderstanding about capturing the mouse cursor.

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saved my day!

i was about to junk Irfanview for this task because i could'nt seem to capture the mouse icon on a mouseover bug that i wanted to report to our web designer.

I usually just hit PrtScrn and paste/Ctrl-V, on Irfan.

Then I googled and found this tip.

By the way, you also have to press Ctrl-F11 to actually prompt Irfanview to take the snapshot. (unless you opted for the time delay).

Thanks for this Chuck.

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Did Not Register
by phantazy / August 2, 2005 8:22 PM PDT
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Cnet didn't see fit to showing the URL, but you can google it.

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for the googless amongst us ;-)
by jonah jones / August 2, 2005 10:01 PM PDT
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MW Snap??
by saumhaus / August 3, 2005 8:23 AM PDT

Trying to capture a window, copy and paste into a post window here at XP forum, cant figure it out, I have copied the window but cannot paste, tried pasting to clipboard, notepad and then coping and pasting, no luck, how do you just copy and paste a captured window into a message using MW Swap? TIA

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you can't post an image here
by ChuckT / August 3, 2005 1:49 PM PDT
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The forums here do not support pasting attachments (files, documents, images, etc.) here. You might search for an open site that allows you to post attachments on them and then just enter the URL here for our retrieval.

(Actually you can post a base64 encoded dataset here (if you know what I mean), and those who have the tools can decode it back to a real file. It is cumbersome and a little messy, but it does work.
See my tests at: )

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Keep mouse pointer in screenshot
by Snmyr / August 2, 2005 9:32 PM PDT

Try Screen Hunter it is a free program by Wisdon-Soft. It has an option to include mouse pointer.

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by jas0nhe / August 2, 2005 11:06 PM PDT

Thanks, Sam, and everyone else for the tip. I'll try these programs and see what I can do with them.


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