1. Notice on the keyboard on the top row (normally the third key
from the right) a key titled PRINT SCREEN/SYSRQ. Press it once. (It
looks like nothing happened but something did)
2. Now open the Paint program.
Click on START
Click on PROGRAMS
Click on ACCESSORIES
Click on PAINT (a NEW WINDOW appears)
3. Now let's PASTE the screen shot into this program so we can see it.
On the tool bar of the PAINT program, click on EDIT Click on PASTE (If you get a window stating " THE IMAGE IN THE CLIPBOARD IS LARGER THEN THE BITMAP. WOULD YOU LIKE THE BITMAP ENLARGED? "Click on the YES button.
4. Now you "see" a picture of your screen and whatever was displayed on your screen at the time you pressed the PRINT SCREEN button.
But, this picture is quite large in size and most likely more than what you need. (My desk top print screen saved a 2.75 meg. This is VERY large). So, let's EDIT the picture and only save what we need.
A. On the left side of the screen you should see a vertical tool bar of different icons. These icons (tools actually) each complete a different task. We want to CROP OUT a small section of our desktop and save it.
In this vertical tool bar at the top right should be a box. Left click on the box. Notice your curser may have changed.
B. Now, place the curser to one side of the area you want to save and left click and hold. If you continue holding the left mouse button and drag the mouse diagonally or vertically, you will notice a dotted line appear around the item.
NOTE: By moving the mouse in different direction you can change the size of the dotted box.
But, you must left click and hold while you drag the mouse around the item.
If your aim was off or you want to start again, just left click anywhere outside the dotted box and the dotted box will disappear. Thus allowing you to start again.
C. Once you have drawn a box around the item you wish, release the left mouse button. (The dotted line went from a gray dotted lines to a white dotted lines).
D. If your happy with the dotted line location, click on EDIT on the top toolbar. Click on CUT. Notice a totally white box appeared where the dotted box was.
5. Now lets paste this area as a new image.
A. On the toolbar click on FILE and choose NEW. Note: A window will appear asking you if you wish to save changes to UNTITLED. For now, lets click on NO. But I will teach you how to save
this images in a moment. Therefore, later on you can choose YES if you wish.
B. A blank area is displayed. Now click on EDIT and choose PASTE.
WooHoo!! There is the small area you had CUT (CROPPED) out.
6. Now, let's SAVE this image for future use.
A. Left click on FILE and choose SAVE AS.
B. A SAVE AS window appears.
At the top you need to decide which folder you want to save this image in. Just navigate to the location of your choice.
At the bottom, you can type in the name you wish to give this image.
Also, at the bottom, you can choose which format you can save this image as.
Now we get a little geeky here, but I'll give you a quick lesson.
All the options here are image formats. The basic difference is the size of the image. This is important if your going to e-mail or print this image out.
BASICALLY: The format you have now is BITMAP. Everyone can "read" it but it is VERY large.
JPEG, JPG, JPEG, JPE, and JFIF is a format that everyone should be able to "read" or see. But the size is a whole lot smaller. Important if your e-mailing the image.
GIF is a format that should be used if there is any text on the image. The size is small but the text does not appear distorted like in the JPEG format.
Experiment with the different formats if you wish saving each one until your happy with a format you like. Remember, size does matter!
When you've made all your selections click on the SAVE button.
7. You can omit the above step and go straight to e-mailing the image if you want.
A. Click on FILE and choose SEND.
B. An e-mail window should appear with the image already attached. All you have to do is complete the required information, enter a story (if you wish) and click on the send button.
NOTE: If you're not using Outlook or Outlook Express, I'm not sure what will happen. Your default e-mail program should appear, but ...
8. If you should want to print this image:
A. Click on FILE and choose PRINT.
B. Choose your printer of choice and click on the PRINT button at the
NOTE: If your internal fax program is installed you could even fax it.
If your internal fax program is not installed, the fax printer should not be an option.