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Windows 7: How can I quickly take and save screenshots?

17 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
How can I quickly take and save screenshots?

The only way I know of so far is to press the "Print Screen" button. The thing though, is that still you have to go and past it into paint or something similar and if you forget and copy some text, well, the image is gone. The other way is to use snipping tool but with that it brings up a window and you have to select a bunch of options which would be no problem, but I'm taking screenshots of an online video game which I have to do quickly or I die permanently. I was wondering if anyone knows of a program or hot key or setting which I could you to quickly just press a button and have it instantly and automatically saved to my photos maybe in a set photo without any screens popping up or anything. I've heard something like this is on Windows 8 but haven't heard anything of it on Windows 7. Thanks in advance for any help!

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17 Aug 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You have come to the right place

See a couple of ways to do what you want in this thread:
How to change screenshots to write to a folder rather then clipboard ?
Read thru the entire thread.
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17 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Install Fraps, it might let you take screenshots of online games, But I`ve never tried that.
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17 Aug 2013   #4

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

I've got a program called "Snappy".
Snappy is a simple-to-use tool which allows you to take screenshots in several methods. It can be easily used by individuals of any level of experience.

This software can also be installed as a portable product. In this case, you can place Snappy on a removable drive, plug it into another computer and directly run its executable file. What's more important is the fact that your Windows registry keys will remain intact.

The interface of the application is plain and simple. So, you can either capture the desktop, window, object, selection, fixed area, events or webpage. Plus, you can use a magnifier.
Snappy Free Download

Here is a Softpedia page listing screen capture programs:
Download Graphic Capture - page 1 - sorted by last update descending
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17 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Many games also have this function built in. What game is it?
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18 Aug 2013   #6

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1

These 3 will all let you take screenshots or record your game play.
Bandicam Bandicam - Best Game, Video, and Screen Recording Software
Fraps FRAPS game capture video recorder fps viewer
Msi Afterburner MSI Afterburner
If you use the free version of fraps or Bandicam then you will have a watermark in the recorded video but Msi Afterburner is free anyway so there is no watermark of any kind.
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18 Aug 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I've been using a free program called Greenshot. It has lots a good options, such as configuring the "Print Screen" key for instant screen shots without pasting. Simply press the key and you have a screenshot saved.
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20 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1

Thanks for all the help everyone! I'll have to check all these out but it seems like spencer1 has exactly what I need. A simply button to take and save screenshots instantly. Thanks again!
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20 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

You are welcome, Dirtsk8r. Greenshot is pretty neat. To configure it for instant screenshots, go to Preferences and set your Hotkeys in the General tab. Then, in the Destination tab, check the "Save directly (using preferred file output settings)" box.
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20 Aug 2013   #10

Win 7 Ult 64-bit

For years I am using the program Lightscreen - free , light and useful . It associates with the PrtScrn button of the keyboard .
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