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Video:Capture and Save a Screenshot in Windows XP

with Don Schechter

Learn how to capture a screen shot of your desktop, an active window, a Website, or anything else use Microsoft Windows XP and without installing additional software.See Transcript

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Transcript:Capture and Save a Screenshot in Windows XP

Hi. I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing.

Why Capture Screen Shots?

Sometimes you may need to copy your computer screen to show others how it looks. Frequently, people do screen captures to create instruction manuals for others. I'm going to show you a quick example.

Capturing the XP Screenshot

Let's say that you want to show someone what your start menu looks like. First, click on the start menu, then press the Print Screen button on your keyboard. This is located to the right of the F12 key on a standard keyboard.

The image of your screen has now been copied to the clipboard as if you had copied a file.

Viewing your Screenshot

Now open an image viewing program. For this exercise, I m going to use Adobe Photoshop. You can use many other image editing programs to do the same thing.

Editing Your Windows XP Screenshot

In Photoshop, select New, then Click OK. To import the file, go to Edit, paste. The entire screen is now in your new file. Use your cropping tool to select the area which you want to use. I will save the file by going to File, Save.

If you don't have Photoshop or another sophisticated program, you can always use Microsoft Paint, which is located in Programs, Accessories.

Working with your Screenshot

After you've hit print screen button, simply paste the image. Then use the marquee tool to select the area you want to show. Go to edit, copy. Now create a new file by going to File, New. Click, NO when it asks you to save changes. Finally, paste the new image by going to Edit, Paste.

Save Your Windows XP Screenshot

Now save the file. Go to File, Save. You can save your image file in many different formats. I recommend JPEG, which is the standard format for most digital images.

You have successfully created and saved a screen shot You can email it, put it up on a website or use in a document or presentation.

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