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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Being new to this forum Im not sure if the attachment you are talking about is the image under you're name or something added into the reply area? Can you clarify for me, Ive yet to master even adding a colour signature successfully. Thanks <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>
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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Yes, it is the image under my sig. You raise a good point - it is not necessarily clear what the attachment is. You will see where the bottom of this post is which should give you a better idea of where the attachment begins on the original.
    I shall edit it shortly and try and make it clearer.
    If you want to practice, right-click the attachment and save locally to your hard disk. Then toodle over to the test forum and see what you can achieve. I'll keep an eye out over there in case you get stuck...

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    A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    I have had several requests recently regarding inserting screenshots into posts. There are several methods, but here are two that I use:

    #1] No cost outlay : MS Photo Editor
    Make sure you have installed the Microsoft Photo Editor - it is part of the standard Office suite and should be found under Office Tools. If you do not have it installed: Add/Remove Programs > Microsoft Office > Add or Remove Features should let you do it.
    Make sure Photo Editor is running then:
    To grab an entire screen, press PrntScrn. Switch to PE, then Edit > Paste as New Image.
    To grab just the active window, press Alt + PrntScrn, then Edit > Paste as New Image.
    Once you have the image in PE, you can trim the image to suit. I find the easiest way is to click on the Select button, draw the rectangle around the releavant part of the graphic, and again Edit > Paste as New Image.
    This final image can be saved as a .gif or .jpg or .png. Smaller sized pics tend to be better saved as .gif's, saving as a .jpg allows you to set a 'quality factor' - usually 70% is suitable and keeps the file size down.

    #2] Minimal cost outlay : Hardcopy
    My preferred method is to use Hardcopy. This allows you to hit the PrntScrn button and select any area of your screen. You can then easily add cursors, highlighting etc. It is very simple to use, and makes screen grabbing fast and easy.
    The basic programme is offered as freeware, but a minimal registration fee of around $12US /
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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Thanks Leif, its the "flag on UK time", not the cartoon on the left hand side of the post yes? Ill go over to the test area and have a go (hope you dont mind me just saving you're existing flag for a test, if so feel free to clobber me one!). <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39> (smile). Wish me luck. Cheers, Cyberdance

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Hi Leif, I have tested 3 postings with attachments on the test site, getting the hang of it (hopefully), if you have a tick to check, let me know if I am on the right track. May I ask how you added Leif in bold, font and blue line, as well as the additional text "on UK time" after the flag? thank you, thank you, thank you, Cyberdance
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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Here is how I did my sig:

    <!t>[comic]<!/t><!t>[big]<!/t>Leif<!t>[/big]<!/t>
    <!t>[blue line]<!/t>
    <!t>[image]www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Leif_sig.gif<!t>[/image]<!/t><!t>[small]<!/t> on UK time <!t>[/small]<!/t><!t>[/comic]<!/t>

    First, I grabbed a <img src=/S/flags/UK.gif border=0 alt=UK width=30 height=18> flag and modified it slightly by adding some clear space above it - if I hadn't, the blue line would have sat right on top of it.
    In the profile edit page (from Controls) I uploaded this modified image and submitted it, which stored the sig graphic on the Lounge server as www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Leif_sig.gif.
    Then back in to edit my sig, adding the formatting tags as above. The formatting tags are found by clicking the 1-Click TagPanel link above the text entry field when you are in a reply window. Either click the formatting button, which will enter an example at the end of your text, or let your mouse hover over the button and it will display the tag needed.

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Brilliant Instructions, many thanks Leif, very helpful - you are terrific! :-)

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Hardcopy.
    I agree - gif's made by PhotoEditor leave a lot to be desired. However, if a 'good' gif is re-saved by PE it seems fine.
    The only times I have created a gif using PE is by using the built in PrntScrn or Alt_PrntScrn and pasting as a new image into PE - I suspect it is the mechanics of that which are at fault.

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Is the image in your post here a screenshot gif from Hardcopy or Photo Editor? I have noticed when I save gifs in Photo Editor, they are always 'smudged' if you know what I mean, but the jpgs are perfect. Shouldn't the gif turn out nearly the same?

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Hi Leif, I am just trying out a free program called Screen Hunter, cannot say if it is any good yet, and Im guessing you probably already know of it. If anyone is interested it is located at:
    http://www.wisdom-soft.com/

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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Cyberdance,

    Please report back once you have tried it.

    Thanks.
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    Re: A Guide to Attaching Screenshots

    Will do, I have loaded it onto a 98 O/S machine, will be interesting to see if it works. :-)

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