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annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#1New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 18:53:01
PC users only! I don't know how to do it with macs.

**edit:
@whiter_light Said
Mac users press SHIFT+COMMAN+3

Will hear a camera shutter sound and jpeg will automatically appear on desktop.

Thanks whiter_light

I love the print screen button. A lot of people don't know what it is/how to use it though. It's not that hard!

The print screen button on your keyboard is a handy little tool. It allows you to copy whatever is showing up on your screen, whether it be your desktop, something online, etc.

Press the button to the right of the the F12 button on your keyboard. It should say "Print Scrn" and under it might say "Sys Rq"

When you press this, nothing will happen. It's similar to copying text using the ctrl+c. Except here, you're "copying" your screen. Nothing will show up until you paste it somewhere.

Open up a paint program of some sort (if you're using Windows the Paint program should be fine) and paste it into the blank screen. Then crop the image so it just shows what you want it to show
reiko On March 27, 2006

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New York, New York
#2New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 18:54:34
I didn't figure it out until a couple of months ago.
treebee On April 13, 2015
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#3New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 18:58:00
Thanks Annie
annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#4New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 18:59:38
it's my favorite button
treebee On April 13, 2015
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#5New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 19:00:55
Wait till I own TFS again
digitalis On March 23, 2008




Cornwall, United Kingdom
#6New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 19:10:23
like so

and heres some more advice-when saving from paint if you want a smaller file size use the drop down menu in the save box and change the format from bitmap to either gif or jpeg
annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#7New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 21:43:20
@digitalis Said
like so

and heres some more advice-when saving from paint if you want a smaller file size use the drop down menu in the save box and change the format from bitmap to either gif or jpeg


Yeah definitely. I always go with jpeg - png.

I've noticed that sometimes the pic changes color if you switch to jpeg in Paint though. What I do is after I've cropped the image, I go to Edit > Select All > Cut

Then I go to File > Save As and THEN I switch the file type.

Then I go back, paste the image I just cut, and then go to File > Save and it saves as a jpeg, without changing colors or being distorted or anything.

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edit - I've since discovered png and much prefer this file type.
digitalis On March 23, 2008




Cornwall, United Kingdom
#8New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 21:54:27
heres a question-changing the subject slightly-i took a GIF image into paint to add stuff to it ( it was Bloo-remember? )
and the colours wouldnt work-just black and white-why was that?
stefficles On January 18, 2009




Somewhere, United Kingdom
#9New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 21:56:45
LOL! thanx again annie - next time I own TFS that button is being used!!!
digitalis On March 23, 2008




Cornwall, United Kingdom
#10New Post! Feb 19, 2006 @ 21:59:16
Annie=
tomf1990 On February 07, 2008




Bristol, United Kingdom
#11New Post! Feb 20, 2006 @ 14:53:48
i would not recommend using jpegs as they loose quality over time. They are also falt images which do not support layers, i would use either RAW, TIFF or PNG but i do not think that paint exports to these.
annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#12New Post! Feb 20, 2006 @ 14:59:32
@digitalis Said
heres a question-changing the subject slightly-i took a GIF image into paint to add stuff to it ( it was Bloo-remember? )
and the colours wouldnt work-just black and white-why was that?


Dunno! I'm not a computer expert! But that has happened to me!
annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#13New Post! Feb 20, 2006 @ 15:01:24
@tomf1990 Said
i would not recommend using jpegs as they loose quality over time. They are also falt images which do not support layers, i would use either RAW, TIFF or PNG but i do not think that paint exports to these.




They are still good for little things! I don't know how many people would layer a pwn or their points. But if you're going to do some graphics work, then go with this guy!
23886 On June 30, 2009

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#14New Post! Feb 21, 2006 @ 02:45:59
odd, my keyboard is diffrent, I have a button that has SysRq and Insert under that then next to that is Pause/Break/ScrLk, PrtScn is on its own button by F Lock...
annski729 On July 24, 2016




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#15New Post! Feb 21, 2006 @ 02:48:06
@23886 Said
odd, my keyboard is diffrent, I have a button that has SysRq and Insert under that then next to that is Pause/Break/ScrLk, PrtScn is on its own button by F Lock...


Weird! I've told tons of people how to do it and they've never had any difference in it!

For most it'll be next to F12, but if you're not seeing it, don't go crazy! You just have a different keyboard. It's there somewhere if you're using a PC.
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