Have you ever liked an image and want to instantly capture it to send via email, embed it in a document, or use it as a desktop background, etc.? You can do it by taking your screenshot, also known as a screenshot. Windows 7 makes it easy to take screenshots with the Print Screen key and a built-in cropping tool. Mentioned below is the Windows 7 free support guide that will help you to take a screenshot and also save it as an image.


Before you start taking a screenshot, make sure the Num Lock, Insert, Scroll Lock keys are off. When done, open a program window or web page whose screenshot you want to take. For example, open your web browser and search for a screensaver or wallpaper. When it’s open, click Print Scrn SysRq Key on the keyboard and you’re done. The screen has been captured and simply needs to be copied to a Paint or Word file. Even if you don’t copy the image to any files, it will automatically be copied as a clip to the Office Clipboard.

If you just press the Print Scrn SysRq , the whole screen will be captured. If you want to capture only one active window, press and holdAlt and then press the Print Scrn SysRq. When you’re done, copy the image into a paint or Word file, etc. See below to learn how to copy an image to a Paint file. The procedure remains the same for other files as well such as MS-Word, Excel, etc.

For example, if you want to copy the image to a Paint file, use this method. Click on the Start button and find All the programs> Accessories> Paint. This will open a new Paint file. Right-click on the screen and click Paste. Or you can click the Paste in the upper right corner of the window. When you finish pasting the image, click the Home tab and resize or rotate the image as desired.

When done, save your changes by pressing the control and S keys together on the keyboard. Type a name for the file and then click the Save money button. Your image is now ready to use. Now you can email it, embed it in a document, or just set it as your desktop background. In addition to the Print Screen key, Windows 7 integrates a cropping tool that helps you take screenshots of the entire screen or part of it.

Yes, the Print Screen key does not offer you to capture a part of the screen, but the entire screen or the active window. However, the Snipping Tool removes this limitation to make screen capture easier. Click on the Start button and click Cropping tool of start-up programs. If you don’t see the type ‘snipping tool’ in your startup programs, type ‘snipping tool’ (without quotes) in the Start search window. As you type it, you will see Cropping tool in the search results. Click to open the Snipping Tool.

When done, you will see a small box of clipping tools. Click and drag the scissor icon (circled in red) to take the screenshot. Stretch the dial to capture a desired part or the entire screen and you’re done. You will see your captured image in the Cropping Tool dialog. Make the desired changes to the image and save it. It will be saved as a JPG image. Get out of the snipping toolbox.

Find your image in the location where you saved it and share it via email or post it to your Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter profile. The tool is faster and easier to use than the Print Screen key.

Additional tips:

If you are having trouble taking a screenshot or using the Snipping Tool, contact Microsoft Windows 7 support.

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