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    Edit Screenshots

    Can anyone suggest the best way to edit screenshots. At the moment I use printscreen and then paste into paint. However the picture size is taller than the working window, so if I try to select an area I lose the selection (dotted rectangle) when trying to use the scrollbar to scroll down to the lower part of what I am wanting. It would be good to find an alternative program where shrinking the pasted image where available instead of the stretch/skew in paint. I am trying to produce a user manual,. Something free would be good, however anything's worth considering.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    IrfanView is a very versatile and free graphics editor. It has a screen grabber built in, you can scale and crop graphics etc.

    Also see the threa Freeware Screen Capture Programs (note: FastStone Capture is no longer free, it's shareware now).

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    Hi Hans, your a man of many talents. I downloaded irfanView. Thats just what I wanted, all the very best.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    Edited by HansV to shrink large screenshot to fit within 640x480 pixels

    Are you aware that Alt+Printscreen takes a screenprint of the active window only?
    If you are developing a user guide you may be able to 'screenprint' the application only, pasting it straight into your document without cropping. Like this. . .
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    If you do that, you have to remember to make the active window small enough, otherwise the image will still have to be cropped or resized (witness your post...)

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    <hr>If you do that, you have to remember to make the active window small enough, otherwise the image will still have to be cropped or resized
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    Indeed, but it's easier to resize an image in Word than to crop out a background.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    That's true. For creating documentation with screenshots in Word, Alt+PrintScreen is often sufficient.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    Another tip to be aware of when using the method of placing screen dumps on a Word document.

    If you are using the crop tool, you are not actually "cropping" the image in the way that you may think you are cutting it to size. Even if you were to put a full screen image on the page and reduce it to a specific area you can still use the crop tool to unhide what was there before and in fact does not reduce the file size. Many of my students have been caught out in plagiarism cases by not realising that...whoops another trade secret lost <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    This is where your method comes into play when using the Alt + Print Screen method although it does not always work on all applications so you will have to test it.
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    I have used Snagit for over a year. It's not freeware, but it's not very expensive ($30?) and I believe there's a free trial version available. It is one of the best programs I've ever bought.
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    But in later versions of Word you can then get rid of all these hidden bits in one single operation using Format Picture...Compress.
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> Good tip <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    The delete cropped area does NOT seem to work on my systems. After cropping and saving, go back and re-crop but, this time make the cropping larger and you will that the image is still there. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    That is NOT my experience. For me it does exactly what is says it will.
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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    I have tried it in both 2003 and 2007 and I did NOT lose any of the original image.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Edit Screenshots

    I can't say why it does not work for you, but it does for me. I usually use 2003, but I just tested in 2007 and it was Ok there as well.

    I attach a Word doc with a cropped image. Can you recover the cropped bits from this?
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