PDQ Library:  How to Save a screenshot image

When you hit PrintScreen key, your Windows system invisibly saves an image of your current screen to the Clipboard. There is no indication whatsoever that this saving has occurred. Now run a graphics tool. (Microsoft "Paint" can be started by pressing the START key, then RUN, and type %windir%\system32\mspaint.exe).

In the graphics program, create a new image. If your display has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, then you should create the new image the same size. Now click inside the new blank image and do a Paste function (Edit Menu > Paste). Your screen shot will appear. Be sure to save it before you start editing it.

If you just want a screenshot of your foreground application (not the entire screen), use ALT+PrintScreen to copy just the image of the current window.

This little key can be very useful when you want to show tech support what your screen looks like when you are having a problem.

  1. Press the PrintScreen key.
  2. Run any image editor.
  3. Select New from the File menu.
  4. Select the Paste function or type CTRL+V. You should now see the screenshot in the image window.
  5. Save the image as a JPEG - use the extension JPG.
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