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Screenshot with Paint

How to Take and Create a Screenshot with Paint in Windows 7
Published by Brink
12 May 2009
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How to Take and Create a Screenshot with Paint in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to take a full screen screenshot or a single window screenshot, then create and save the screenshot in Windows 7 Paint.
Tip   Tip
If you wanted to take a screenshot of a opened menu item, then you would want to use step 1 and crop the screenshot in Paint since the menu item would close when trying to take the screenshot with step 2.




Here's How:
1. To Take a Screenshot of the Entire Display Screen
NOTE: If you have multiple monitors, then they will also be included in the full screen screenshot. This option will also include context menus in the screenshot.
A) Press the PrtScn key for a desktop.
NOTE: For laptops or notebooks, you may need to press either the Ctrl+PrtScn or Fn+PrtScn keys instead of only the PrtScn key.

B) Go to step 3.
2. To Take a Screenshot of only the "Active" Window
NOTE: This will just be a screenshot of the window that you have the focus set on. The window that has focus will have a darker border than the other opened windows.
A) Click on the title bar of the window that you want to take a screenshot of to place focus on it.

B) Press the Alt+PrtScn keys for a desktop.
NOTE: For laptops or notebooks, you may need to press the Alt+Fn+PrtScn keys instead of only the Alt+PrtScn key.
3. Open Paint.

4. In Paint, press Ctrl+V to paste the screenshot into Paint.
A) Go to step 6.
OR

5. In Paint, click on the rectangle above Select on the toolbar, then right click on the white space in the lower main pane of Paint and click on Paste. (See screenshot below)
Screenshot with Paint-paste1.jpg
6. Make any crops or adjustments you would like to the screenshot. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: For detailed information on how to use Paint, click on the icon at the upper right corner in Paint. The left screenshot is of a single window, and the right screenshot is of the full screen.
Screenshot with Paint-paste2.jpg

Screenshot with Paint-paste3.jpg
7. When ready to save the screenshot, click on the file drop down arrow to the left of the Home and View tab. Next, hover the mouse pointer on Save as to open it, then click on the file extension (ex: JPEG) that you want to save the screenshot as. (See screenshot below)
Screenshot with Paint-save1.jpg
8. Navigate to where you want to save the screenshot. Type in a name for the screenshot to be saved as, and click on the Save button. (See screenshot below)
Screenshot with Paint-save2.jpg
9. When done taking screenshots, close Paint.
That's it,
Shawn





08 Oct 2009   #1
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Nice tut,

Will this work in any graphics program?

Tried it in Paint.net and it worked.

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08 Oct 2009   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Nice tut,

Will this work in any graphics program?

Tried it in Paint.net and it worked.
It will work with any paint package that's capable of pasting the clipboard as a new image
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08 Oct 2009   #3
Antman

 

I still use this old school trick to capture transient screen images like tool-tips. The snipping tool will take system focus and some dialog boxes will disappear. PrintScreen/Paste is a very good thing to know (remember).
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21 Oct 2009   #4
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Possibly add the Snipping Tool?
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21 Oct 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Dave,

I thought about it, but with the Snipping Tool, you cannot take screenshots of open menu items as Antman posted above though. I wanted to make it usable in all cases.
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31 Dec 2009   #6
Krazywrath

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Oh wow, you do learn something new everyday!
Didn't know about the Alt + Prt Sc trick! Thanks a lot Brink!
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31 Dec 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Krazywrath, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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31 Dec 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Hi Brink, is it ok to write a tut using a separate utility for snap shooting images?
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31 Dec 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello AEM,

Sure, as long as it's not a program that must be purchased to use it. You might also double check in the Tutorial index to make sure that we do not already have one for it as well.
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