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Windows Screen Capture

Some of the many time-saving shortcuts that people used in early versions of Windows are still available in the latest versions.  Many of these tips were more necessary in the old days as the programs were less sophisticated.  With the more intuitive Windows 7, these labour-saving methods cease to hold the same importance.

Screen Dump

Contrary to popular belief that this is a method of disposing of old monitors, it actually means taking a “snapshot” of the current information on the screen.  This is sometimes called a screen capture or a screen shot.  When you have completed your online bank transaction or generated you boarding pass, there is usually an option to print this document immediately.  But sometimes it is handy to take a screen dump at any time.

Print Screen Key

In the old days of DOS, pressing this key actually used to send a copy of what was on the screen directly to the printer - hence the name.  These days, an “image” of whatever is on the screen is sent to the clipboard, which is an invisible storage holding area for content that is “copied”.

Simply press the Print Screen key or if you have a Spanish keyboard, “Impr Pant”.  If you are using a small laptop keyboard, this may be shortened to “prt scr” and you may need to hold down the Function (Fn) key to enable it. The contents of the screen, at that moment, will be copied to the clipboard.  Open a blank bitmap image with MS Paint, for instance, or use a word processor program like Word and press Ctrl+V or “Paste”.  A “frozen” copy of what was on the screen will appear.  Save and name the file so that you can find it again, and close the program.

This is particularly useful during different stages of a transaction.  It is also handy when you want to describe an error message or unusual warning that pops up.

Print Screen to Email

You can paste your screen shot into an email in three steps.  Simply take your screen shot using the above procedure or select the active window, which might be more appropriate.  Open your email program and put your curser in the message area the press Ctrl+V to paste the screen shot into the email.

If you would like to know about your PC/keyboard functions, please call Costa Computers on Tel: 96 571 5957 or visit us at www.costacomputers.com. 

If you would like to know about your PC/keyboard functions, please call Costa Computers on Tel: 96 571 5957 or visit us at www.costacomputers.com.

 

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