A Helpful Tip For Saving Screen Shots / Windows 10

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I've been using a Windows 10 still image capture feature for months. I've realized a lot of people are unaware of it.

You just hit the Windows Key + PrtScn and you will capture a full screen image of "Anything".
The capture is placed it in a folder automatically. You'll find it in "Pictures" The folder is called "Screenshots"
C:\Users\User Name\Pictures\Screenshots

Their saved in the numerical order in which they are captured.

A lot of you use SnagIt, Windows Snipping Tool,etc. and other tools to capture your monitors. Some pop up windows and menus are more difficult to capture than others.

Once you make a capture/captures.

You just grab the last capture/captures from the folder and crop or annotate to taste in your favorite editor .
There's no opening of a snipping tool, selecting and saving and naming the capture. Those steps are eliminated.
For me, it's a nice streamlined process. SnagIt does my heavy lifting but this makes some  captures easy when SnagIt's not practical.

This is strictly a tip.
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Thanks for the useful tip!
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Thanks for the tip.

That's better than what it is in Win7.  PrtScr copies to the clipboard in Win 7. No saving to a folder or naming. Not sure in Vista or Win 8. I skipped those versions.

And if you are using dual monitors in win 7 you have to use Alt-PrtScr to capture the active window.
Just PrtScr captures both monitors.

I'll have to get on board with Win 10 a little more some day.
I have a copy but haven't had a compelling reason to move to it.

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Since this subject is on screenshots if I may throw out there also that if you're using Firefox Quantum
There is a built in screenshot function now.

Just another option or quick screen grab method for webpages.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-screenshots

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Great Tip. Thanks
I just used it on Windows 10 with 2 monitors and it did 1 big PNG with both monitors side-by-side.
That will come in very handy at times.
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Thanks Joe!

Meanwhile, though not sure...! So correct me if I am wrong.

One might probably need to untag a number of things under
File->Capture Settings-Tab: 'Hotkeys' then?
With me Win-PrntScrn launched SnagIt.

Note: I have not 'set' this Win hotkey: am using either just PrntScrn or ctrl-PrntScrn
Only after disabling all items there, Win PrntScrn worked.
I might be overlooking something though.

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I don't know what to tell you on that.I don't think the Windows key can  be used under normal operating conditions for anything other than launching hard coded Windows functions.
I just took a screen shot without SnagIt running and SnagIt didn't launch on me. Maybe there's a glitch in your system?

In Adobes Premiere Pro, you select a function and hit a virtual keyboard to assign shortcuts.The Windows Key is not available on that keyboard.
 

Maybe someone else has a better idea what happened?
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My own guess on this is that SnagIt likely knows nothing about the Windows key. So if it's running and one uses the Windows+Print Screen key, as far as SnagIt is concerned, the keypress is the Print Screen key, so SnagIt just does its thing.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Sorry folks.
Sorry for the confusion!   Ignore my earlier post.

I can't reproduce the issue today. Yesterday I tried almost half a dozen times (Win-Prtsc) and each time the SnagIt crosshairs showed up.
Only after untagging the hotkey items and setting all to 'None' - it didn't show up anymore. In between untagging I tried Win-Prtsc, but only after having set all to 'None' Snagit did not show up anymore.
So, this led me to believe that the SnagIt hotkey settings had something to do with it.

I just reset SnagIt hotkeys to its defaults. Win-Prtsc did -not- launch SnagIt, opposite to yesterday. Also tagged 'Allow Snagit to override...' - no problems.

Whilst still puzzled about this behavior I can only offer my apologies for the confusion.
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Sounds like a glitch that worked itself out.Maybe a reboot set things right.

If it happened to me I wouldn't know what to make of it. My school teachers used to say a dumb question was one you never ask.Well, at least you asked. Nothing wrong with that.

Glad it's working,Cheers