Ask Dave Taylor: Screen capture with Windows 7


In Windows 7, how do I capture screen info windows?

By Dave Taylor

The Question: I want to be able to share with my brother some weird things going on with my Windows 7 PC and don’t understand how to use PRT SCRN (“print screen”). Is there an easier way? I just want a specific warning message I see, not the window, not a video, just a screen capture.

Dave’s Answer:

There are a bunch of different ways to capture what’s on your screen and/or a specific window on the screen, and you’re right that the easiest is probably print screen (usually a function key labelled “PRT SCRN” or “PRT SCR”, as you suggest). Problem is, what it does is copy what’s on the screen to the copy/paste buffer, so if you’re hoping that you’ll push the button and have a file you can easily attach to an email for your brother, well, not so much.

What you can do if you want to work with print screen, however, is to push the function key to capture the screen in the buffer, then launch the “Paint” program and immediately choose Edit –> Paste. Now you’ll see your image and can use “Save As…” to create a file.

But there’s a smarter way, a way that’s more slick and easier both, and it’s a little utility included with Windows called Snipping Tool. Let me show you…

First off, you can launch the program by just typing in the first few letters of its name into the Start menu, rather than having to find it in your system, often an alarmingly difficult task. Before you type it in, here’s what you’ll see:

windows 7 screen capture

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4 thoughts on “Ask Dave Taylor: Screen capture with Windows 7”

  1. badie michel salem

    i am not very sure but to me it seems that the question is to capture and print the screen as it is seen ,or an area of it …
    so if so the program i found is free and very good ,it is called ; SCREEN PRINT ;it is for windows XP ,but it will work in windows 7 ,as long as you open as an ADMINISTAROR ,after that you chose the key on keyboard to print ,or also the area you want .one thouch print ,
    once the program is on it will continue to work as long as your computer is on …if you do restart your computer then you will have to reopen the prgram as an administaror if you want to use …

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