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Windows 7 - How to Take Screenshots

Windows 7 provides a couple of methods of taking screenshots of either the entire screen or just a part of it. There's no need to use any third party software. All you need is a simple paint program such as the one included in Windows 7 to save and edit your captured image. Alternatively, you can use the Snipping Tool for taking and editing screenshots.

Taking screenshots is particularly useful if you want to provide technical support to a friend, although you can also use the Problem Steps Recorder for this. This utility records what you do on your desktop, providing a useful set of troubleshooting tools. However, the following guide focuses specifically on taking screenshots.

1 - Using the Print Screen Button
The simplest and quickest way to take a screenshot of your desktop is by pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard. The button is usually located in the upper-right of the keyboard. It will often be referred to as 'PRT SCRN' or something similar. When you press this button, a screenshot will be taken and placed in the clipboard. To see the screenshot, simply paste it into any paint program by pressing Control and "V." You can then crop it, resize it and save it.

2 - Using the Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool is a small utility for capturing any portion of the screen and then editing and saving the image. It provides a very basic set of features primarily designed for annotating screenshots for troubleshooting purposes. You can find the Snipping Tool in the Accessories section of the start menu under "All Programs."

When you start the Snipping Tool, you'll be prompted to drag an outline over the area of the screen you want to capture. You can also capture the entire screen. Drag the box to cover the area you want to capture and then lift your finger from the mouse button. The image will be captured and displayed in the Snipping Tool. If you want to try again, click "New" to take another screen capture.

You can edit your screenshot or 'snip' using a pen, highlighter or eraser. Once you're done editing it, click on the "File" menu and go to "Save As." Be sure to choose the correct file type from the drop-down box. For best compatibility and lowest file size, you may want to choose the JPEG format. Click "Save" when done and close the Snipping Tool.


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