Screen capture on Windows XP

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hi,

forgive the dumb question but can someone pls tell me which of the F keys is for static screen capture?
also is there a built in recording setup for videos included within Windows XP?
if so how do i access it?
if not which free recording setup would you recommend and how do i find/download it?
thanks for your help guys

keith
(the IT cretin lol)
#capture #screen #windows
  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    I use the totally awesome, fantastic Screenshot Captor from:

    DonationCoder.com

    It's a freeware program, doesn't take up much drive space, not a system hog, and is my screenshot program of choice for static screen captures.

    Ron
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    • Profile picture of the author keithoz88
      thanks ron, it sounds great.
      is there one you can recommend for non-static capture? eg. video?
      or anyone else can recommend something that's free and works well?
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      • Profile picture of the author rrm
        Originally Posted by keithoz88 View Post

        is there one you can recommend for non-static capture? eg. video? or anyone else can recommend something that's free and works well?
        I like BB Flashback but it is not free. I tend to pay good money for stuff that I really like. I don't know of a non-static capture or screen casting software for free that I would use instead.

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      • Profile picture of the author vampiro
        Originally Posted by keithoz88 View Post

        thanks ron, it sounds great.
        is there one you can recommend for non-static capture? eg. video?
        or anyone else can recommend something that's free and works well?
        Are you looking to capture a video?
        Try CamTasia.. I am not sure if this is what you are looking for. Worth a try!
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      • Profile picture of the author plrwriter
        Originally Posted by keithoz88 View Post

        thanks ron, it sounds great.
        is there one you can recommend for non-static capture? eg. video?
        or anyone else can recommend something that's free and works well?

        Check out camstudio for free screen recording software.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Your screen capture key is just to the right of the f keys. I have a desk top and it is just above my delete key, to the right of f12.

    If you want your whole screen, just press that key and then paste it into a graphics program. If you want the open screen (if that might not take up the whole screen) press the Alt key along with the Prt Screen key.
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    • Profile picture of the author keithoz88
      Tim,

      Thanks mate - you're obviously a genius but.......
      I found and pressed the PRTSC button just to the right of F12
      What is supposed to happen? Nothing.....
      Or am i supposed to do something in addition to this?
      Where will it be filed or recorded exactly?

      Mr Confused
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    You can also use the "Prt Scn" button usually in the top right on laptops.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisonJ
    Press Print Screen, open Paint, then press Control+V (or Edit>Paste). Your screen capture will be in the Paint doc, then save it or edit it as you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arief Ramadhan
    Here's my recommendation for screen recorder --> CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software

    It is free and if you want to use premium software, then Camtasia Studio is great choice. Hope this works for you
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  • Profile picture of the author spa3212
    There is a key named as "print screen sysrq" just press it and paste in paint or anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    "Prt Scn" works great
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    • Profile picture of the author Cogitationalist
      I'm just gonna compile what everyone has said (mostly) into one easier to read area for ya regarding static captures using prntscreen:

      1. Press Prntscrn, or hold ALT + press prntscrn. Without the ALT key, your entire screen is captured including the taskbar and your browser windows (you may want to take anything personal out) You can use the ALT + prntscrn to leave your taskbar out, or take a picture of a non-maximized window and only capture the window itself. This works for anything on your screen, so if you have windows media player open and you want to take a picture of your playlist, you can use the ALT method to just capture that program. Just use the normal prntscrn if you want to cut out an area of a window.

      2. Open MS-Paint, and press CTRL+V to paste your screenshot in. It will automatically resize the canvas to fit it, and you can immediately just save it. JPEG would be the smallest file size you want.

      3. You can take a screenshot of your entire screen and use MS-Paint's Crop tool. Just drag out a box around the area you want to crop, and the crop button will become available to click. Clicking it will automatically take the rest of the image out of the picture, and then you can just save that.

      4. You can also paste any of these things into another program like word or photoshop, but they have varying options afterwards. Your best bet is to save a JPEG of your screenshot in paint, and then work from there. Especially if you want to capture a whole screen and crop out multiple parts, or draw on the screenshot to highlight things something.
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      • Profile picture of the author DebbieD
        For screen capture, I use jing. It is free, is incredibly easy to use and I love it. It can also capture just a part of the screen - you direct it according to what you want to copy.

        Also, there are some laptops where the PrntScrn button alone is not enough. If I remember correctly, on my old HP laptop I had to press the fn (usually at the bottom of the keyboard) button together with prntscrn (or maybe it was Ctrl+Fn+PrntScrn).

        Hope this helps.
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        • Profile picture of the author keithoz88
          Thank you guys...and gals!
          I know it's easy to forget describing the little steps when you're highly proficient at something
          Now i understand
          A big thanks to all of you
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