Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vista TIP: New way to capture a screenshot

Animated illustration showing Snipping Tool capturing a free-form snipBefore Windows Vista, you can use the following ways to capture a screenshot:
  1. <Prt Sc> key - captures the entire desktop
  2. <Alt> + <Prt Sc> keys - captures the active window
If you want more fine grain capture, like part of a window, you will have to do one of the above first, paste into Paint and then crop or cut and paste from there. Not rocket science but quite a hassle.

The good news is that in Vista, there is a snipping tool that allows you to capture any part of your screen without jumping through the hoops! Check it out here! Note: This feature is not available in the Home Basic edition of Windows Vista.

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