The best way to show you how I work with images may be simply to show you in a video. Â In this video, I show you how to copy a window and paste it into an email and save it to a file, then also how to drag and right-click on images in a browser to save them to your desktop. Â Finally, I show you Snipping Tool which is handy for grabbing any part of your screen of pre-cropping an image before you save it. Â Â I apologize for the audio – my honkin’ fast machine (good for graphics and editing video) is really loud. Â I’m taking a decibel meter with me to buy my next machine. Â Text description for each op is below.
I suggest you watch this video at full screen (click the right-most icon on the bottom control bar) so you can see what I’m doing with my cursor.
I use Microsoft Paint and Snipping Tool for most of my rudimentary image work for blogging – both are found in Windows by clicking Start | Programs | Accessories. Â Drag a copy of the launch icon out onto your desktop and perhaps from there onto your launch bar – you may be using them a lot!
If you want to capture an entire window on your screen with your window borders, hold down your Ctrl and Alt keys together and tap PrtScr key. This copies the window onto your clipboard and you can them paste it into an email or into Paint to save as a file. If you want your entire screen and not just the current window, hold down the Ctrl and SHIFT keys while you tap the PrtScr key. This will put your entire screen on your clipboard; both in one image if you have two screens.
If you are using Chrome or Firefox, you can save discrete images from your browser just by dragging them to your desktop. If you are using another browser, you’ll have to right click right on the image then choose ‘Save Image As…’ from the context menu.
If you right-click on an ‘image’ and don’t get ‘save as…’ or ‘save image as…’ as one of your choices then you are probably clicking on a Shock Wave Flash object and will have to use Snipping Tool to capture the graphic.
For copy and paste operations (both text and graphics) you highlight what you wish to copy, hold the Ctrl key down and tap the C key once. Â To paste, position your cursor where you wish to paste, hold your Ctrl key down, and tap the V key once. Â C and V happen to be right next to each other on the keyboard, so it’s easy and convenient.
Snipping Tool is just too hard to explain in text, but is very easy to learn from the video or just by trying it. Â If you feel you just got yourself into trouble, just hit the Esc key.
Wondering what software I used to capture the video? Â Â CamStudio, which is free.