Jun 13, 2008

Quick Tip: How To Take A Simple Screen Shot

I am posting this because one of my coworkers keeps saying that I need to post this. Before I do, let me give you a little background. I had a user that was getting a strange error when trying to launch a program in Citrix.

Naturally, one of the best ways for diagnosing someone's computer problem is to have them take a screen shot and send it to you. Well, this user couldn't figure out how to take the requested screen shot per se, so she did the next best thing... She whipped out her digital camera and took a picture of her computer screen! Don't believe me? Check it out:

Screen Shot
There are third part tools that can take screen shots and pretty them up for you for presentations and what not, but if your systems administrator needs you to take a screen shot, you don't have to get all fancy. For the simple screen shot in windows there are two basic ways of doing it. One is for full screen, and one is for the active windows only. To take a screen shot of the full screen, all you have to do is press CTRL + Print Screen, then open up mspaint, word, email or whatever and paste! Bam! You will have a picture of your entire screen! If you only want to take a screen shot of a single window, click on the windows to make it active, then press ALT + Print Screen.

It is pretty simple people. No need to purchase a digital camera to get the support you need from your systems administrator.

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