Thursday, April 21, 2005

Screen captures at the click of a button

Thursday, April 21, 2005

You'll be glad to know that for a change this is a very short and snappy tip (geddit?). To take a screen shot of your Windows desktop: arrange your windows as you want them to appear in your captured image and press the 'print screen' button on your keyboard (it should be next to the 'scroll lock' and 'pause' buttons near the top right corner). Now if you open up your favourite paint program, locate the 'paste' button and press it, your capture will appear in all its glory.

What you choose to do with it now is up to you. I wouldn't for a second advocate that you set it as the desktop wallpaper image on a friend's computer and observe them hopelessly attempting to close down windows and edit documents that were open when you snapped the pic because that would be extremely mischievous and naughty.

Conversely, if you only want to take a snapshot of your currently active window, you can hold down the 'alt' button while you press the print screen key.

Mac users can achieve the same results by using OS X's built-in 'Grab' tool located in the Applications > Utilities folder.

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