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    Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    I have used Paint to take a screen shot of an error message or situation before as
    instructed by Tech Support from a couple places. I saved the screenshots. Now I can't do it.
    I was told to hit Alt +Print Screen simultaneously> Open Paint (Programs>Accessories) and
    the View>Paste. I cannot get it to paste the screen shot in. Have I missed a step or two?
    I suspect there are a number of 3rd party applications that will help me do this including
    Paint which is not Microsoft's. Is there a reason for this failure to paste in the screenshot
    and be successful doing it? Is there any shareware or freeware that will help me?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Check out <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=free&Number=11370&page=&vie w=&sb=&o=&vc=1>Hardcopy</A> for the ultimate screen grabber.

    Have you got Paint open when you hit Alt+PrntScrn? - I think the clipboard is cleared when new applications are opened.
    (And you do mean Edit > Paste, dont you?)

    Otherwise, if you simply want to print a snap shot, you can paste into Word.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Re: Hardcopy
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    Lief, Eileen, Ian--Thanks for the information on HardCopy. To answer your question I have
    tried both opening Paint when I hit Alt and PrtScn and waiting to open it. It hasn't made any
    difference plus if you wanted to take a desk top picture, I suppose if it were necessary to
    open paint concommitantly with hitting those keys, you'd have to minimize it to get it out of the way.
    The problem has been that when you hit Edit>Paste, Paste is ghosted out and their is no
    paste function working--i.e. it won't paste when paste is ghosted. If I click the pen or one of
    the iconnettes in Paint, then Paste will unghost, but it won't paste anyway.
    I have some questions from the recent posts:
    1) The only way I can see these posts is to click on the link I was emailed. They don't show
    up if you go to the lounge and hit the problem I posted.
    2) From Eileen's comment does this mean that you need the gif functionality to print a screen
    picture--in other words from what you say it's very well worth having--but preceisely what does
    the free version do and what does it not do that makes so much difference that Eileen underscored.
    What makes it such a great app?
    3) What tweaks once I get it do I have to apply to keep conflicts from happening--the ones
    Leif referred to when he referenced the printer.

    Thanks very much. This must be the application I need instead of going out and buying other
    more expensive print screen apps offered on the web.
    Also I would really appreciate if someone would explain what the free version does and does not do.
    Also I am trying to figure out why Edit>Paste gives me a ghosted non-working Paste. It worked
    with Win ME as awful a memory leake and chain blue screen stop message promulgator
    as Windows ME was. I have had trouble getting Paint to work as an XP Accessory. I don't know
    if that is an XP glitch.
    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Lief--Can you simply place a screenshot witha desktop or an error message into
    Word--when you do that won't you have trouble with the picture color components
    that require a bitmap or a gif format? In other words won't it just paste words into
    word rather than the picture of the desktop, error message or window you are
    trying to preserve and possibly send to someone?

    I also am trying to understand
    1) How to see the thread on Hard Copy. I had to click on Hardcopy--I couldn't access it
    from the original post thread 2) How you simultaneously posted it to the section on software
    applications at the same time and how you created a hyperlink--is it because of the
    attachment? I am asking these questions so I can better use the lounge.
    Thanks and thanks for introducing me to Hard Copy.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.geocities.com/one_human/advanced.html>http://www.geocities.com/one_human/advanced.html</A> for some info re Paint - click on the #6 MS Paint.
    This helped me correct the same problem you are having.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Lonnie Thanks for this and other tips at the site. Would've missed the KB
    article and was simply unaware of the filters. I am running Office XP
    though, and I'm not sure about the location of some of this there and
    also the Add/Remove Programs clicking for Office XP. My experience is
    that when you click on Add/Remove in Win XP--it moves one way to remove.
    I am pretty sure that routine pasting of gifs and jpegs worked fine in Win 9X (ME)
    but has not been working in Win XP and I'll bet the filters are at the root of
    the problem.
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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Hit PrntScrn (or Alt+PrntScrn for just the current window), open Word, then Edit > Paste.
    It couldn't be easier.

    Otherwise - post your Lounge access problem to the Lounge Matters forum.
    And to post a hyperlink, see the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=lounge&Number=98472&page=0& view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&vc=1>quick guide</A>
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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    Leif--I agree it's simple but it isn't working. That's why I posted the problem.
    I had originally learned to open Paint after hitting Alt+PrtScn>Edit>Paste but
    Paste is ghosted out and not functioning and I can't make it function or show
    up. I tried to use Word, Notepad, and Wordpad. Nothing happens and I am hitting
    Alt+Printscreen and I also tried hitting just Printscreen. I know there are a lot of
    third party screen capture apps and I am sure a lot of them are good. But Paint should
    work--could it be somehow messed up?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    hmmm...grrr...says I have to copy/paste from upload before I can 'preview'...how do I do that?

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    <hr>...says I have to copy/paste from upload before I can 'preview'...how do I do that?<hr>
    What does?

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    XPP; IE6

    Using Add or Remove Programs/AddRemove Windows Components /Accessories & Utilities/Accessories....... it might be worth having a go at re-installing MSPaint. I'm assuming here that the Windows Clipboard is working properly for other purposes. It might be worth getting hold of a 3rd party clipb, such as SmartBoard and trying that.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    wanted to preview my upload of screenshot...but it wouldn't let me <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    You can't!
    Upload it in Test if you want to see what it looks like - you can then delete it.

    BTW - once you have posted with an attachment, you can edit the post and change the attachment.

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

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    Re: Problem Taking Screen Shot With Paint (Windows XP)

    That is an enormous attachment - what point are you making?

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