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I'd like to post a screenshot of my mildly skinned Twiki running on Windows - how can I do this anyone?


-- DavidLeBlanc - 29 Jul 2001

Install a good windows grabber, also known as screen capture program, such as 20/20. You can download it from: http://www.hotfreeware.com/

JuanJZubeldia - 29 Jul 2001

If the content is just a web page/similar sort of thing, then clicking on the background, pressing the "print screen" key takes a screen grab & puts in the copy & paste buffer - in a format suitable for pasting into "paint", which you can then save as a BMP and do things with. I haven't really played with windows for a while, but I doubt they've broken that smile

-- TWikiGuest - 30 Jul 2001

I really like SnagIt from http://www.snagit.com, but it does cost $40. Free trial, cool tool.

-- MartinCleaver - 30 Jul 2001

Windows also has the ALT+PrintScrn button which will make a copy of the visible current window. Its no good for getting everything in the window (which you can't see until you scroll) but it is good for making a picture of the current window.

You can then go into Microsoft word and choose Edit, Paste and you will get the image in the word document. I assume it works in some paint programs too, but I haven't tested that...

-- DavidWhitten - 29 Aug 2001

You can paste the pictures into Microsoft Paint, which is bundled with Windows (look in Start->Programs->Accessories). This lets you edit the picture if necessary. And newer versions of Paint can save as JPEG, so if you need to save the screenshot in a web-friendly format, this is how to do it.

-- KristopherJohnson - 29 Aug 2001

Do not use JPEG for pictures that have large areas of identical color (this includes screenshots and excludes photographs). JPEG will produce artifacts, which aren't usually noticeable but will make it nearly impossible to process the image further. Even BMP with an RLE encoding is better (compresses better and has no losses). If you want the most Web-friendly format, use PNG: it's supported by most if not all browsers, has no patent problems as GIF, and it has good compression for images with large areas of constant color. If you have a version of Paint that supports JPEG, it should support PNG as well (and if it doesn't, use "BMP with RLE encoding").

-- JoachimDurchholz - 30 Aug 2001

I personally use a combination of Wingrab (free) and ATnotes. Wingrab has too many cool screen grab features to list here. Create an ATnote then take your screen grab. This method is particularly useful for SoftwareTraining as the image carries a bit of support text so users have a better idea of what's happening.

-- DennisDaniels - 18 Mar 2002

TheGimp makes it really easy to capture screenshots or just individual windows: File | Acquire > Screen Shot...

-- WillNorris - 06 Sep 2003

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