Insert Images to Answers Forum - Some Screen Capture Tools You can Use

Technical Level : Basic

Summary
Windows includes some tools to capture screen information beyond the simple Print Screen.  As well, you can use 3rd party tools for more advanced functions.

  • <PrintScreen>
  • MS Snipping Tool
  • PSR - Problem Steps Recorder
  • MS Gamebar
  • Textify
  • 3rd Party tool

Details
How to insert Images on Answers Forum


To insert pictures into the Answers forum you have to do the following:

  1. Using your screen capture tool, save the capture to your HD
  2. Click on the "Insert Picture" button at the top of the input dialog
  3. Browse to find the save image
  4. upload it
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Screen Cap(ture) Tools

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<WIN><SHF><S>- Snip & Sketch, once called Screen Sketch is Replacement for Snipping Tool

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-screen-snipping-tool-microsoft-gives-it-a-new-name-adds-delay-feature/

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Snip & Sketch is only available to insiders on its skip-ahead track -- that is, the ones testing the version of Windows 10 after the soon-to-be-released version 1809.

users can access the snipping feature by pressing the WIN + Shift + S keys.

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How to use Snip & Sketch to take screenshots in Windows 10

https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-snip-sketch-take-screenshots-windows

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TEXTIFY – CAPTURE TEXT FROM ALMOST ANY DIALOG BOX!

http://rammichael.com/textify
I (Rohn007) have been using this tool for a while now in Windows 10. It it great. One place I use it a LOT is reporting version/build numbers.

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Have you ever wanted to copy some text from a dialog box which doesn’t provide such functionality?
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Textify was created to solve this problem: you can point your mouse over the text, click on the mouse shortcut (Shift + Middle click by default), and get a selectable view of the text.
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You just put the mouse pointer on the desired line and hit the keyboard shortcut (ie I tweaked it to be <left mouse>+<Shift>
For example, in Programs and Features I can capture this about Office 2010:
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<snip>
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation, Installed On: ‎2017-‎03-‎18, Size: 49.8 MB, Version: 14.0.7015.1000
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Unfortunately this is the initial install version information, but by going to Word 2010 File menu > Help command I could capture the current info:
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<snip>
Version: 14.0.7177.5000 (32-bit)
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Playing around I’ve found it seems to be able to capture a line of displayed text almost anywhere (not just dialog boxes) in many applications, ie in many dialog boxes I was able to capture the setting name and its value
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<snip>
Distance:
0 pt
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Which I would tweak for documentation and sharing to be
<snip>
Distance: 0 pt
</snip>
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Note: in the comments of the Textify web page there is a tweak to allow it to automatically select and copy the text.  In the Textify.ini change the line “auto_copy_selection=” to have value “1”. The change will take effect after you stop and restart Textify.

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I found that you could capture text not just from dialog boxes but from almost any application text.

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2018 11 26- How to Record Your Desktop Screen Using VLC on Windows

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/record-your-desktop-screen-using-vlc-windows-10/

Record Your Windows Desktop with VLC, it gets the job done for a quick raw video to a family member or your IT dept, for example.

2018 10 16- 9 ways to take a screenshot on a Windows PC, laptop, or tablet, using built-in tools


https://www.digitalcitizen.life/4-ways-take-screenshots-windows-8-81-using-built-tools

2015 06 15  6 Ways To Take Screenshots in Windows 8.1 & 10, Using Built-in Tools

http://www.digitalcitizen.life/4-ways-take-screenshots-windows-8-81-using-built-tools

Some of our readers asked us to share all the Windows tools you can use to take quick screenshots of your screen. We’ve done a bit of testing and experimentation and we’ve found six different ways for taking all kinds of screenshots, without using third-party programs. Here’s how to take screenshots in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Note: MS Snipping Tool is being Deprecated as of Version 1809

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-1809-microsoft-reveals-features-its-dropping-in-october-2018-update/

MS Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool has been added to Windows 7/8.1/10 an an enhanced PrintScreen feature. 

You can use the run it from the Run dialog: <WIN><R> Snippingtool, or search for Snippingtool in the start menu

The tool can capture static images of various shapes and you can add simple annotations.


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Sharex

https://getsharex.com/

I have just "discovered" a new (well Version 12.2), free, screen capture tool called ShareX. At first glance it appears to be the best free screen capture tool I've seen. I will be playing with it to see if it lives up to its early promise.

Features

Here are a few highlights of the features I've seen (so far)

  • Step (inserts numbered "step" counters)
  • Blur
  • Pixelate
  • Speech balloons
  • Recognize text (OCR)
  • Blob emoji
  • Crop
  • Scrolling Capture
  • Upload to multiple image handling sources (including OneDrive)
  • Screen Recording MP4, GIF, AVI
  • URL Capture of whole web pages

Here are some other more in depth reviews

https://www.windowscentral.com/sharex-windows-screen-capture-app-could-replace-your-snipping-tool-good

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PSR - Problem Steps Recorder

The PSR captures on screen events and screen caps of relevant Window and detailed information about the applications and onscreen elements.  You can save the output and play back the screen caps as a slide show

PSR - Win7 & Win8  & Win10 Problem Steps Recorder

http://www.howto-connect.com/windows-10-problem-step-recorder/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/How-do-I-use-Problem-Steps-Recorder

http://www.windows10compatible.com/blog/using-problem-steps-recorder-in-windows-10/

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_use_windows_7_problem_steps_recorder_make_easy_pc_guides 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd371782%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6EgLm3-XcQ

An Example of a problem that using PSR solved: “The Cat’s Revenge” - Excel Minimized Permanently

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2007-excel/the-cats-revenge/d2a1a6c2-13fe-4187-a2bc-b155dee69b45?page=2&tm=1373855486532#_self

A user posted a question with the following description:

Last night when I had an excel spread sheet open the cat jumped on my desk and walked across the keyboard.  Immediately the spread sheet was reduced to a thumbnail.  Now all my excel files load but are only thumbnails.  The files when copied and transferred to another computer open fine.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled office 2007.  But still the problem persists.  When I go into the task manager it tells me excel is running fine.  I  have looked at all possible key combinations that might restore the thumbnail to full screen,but nothing works.  HELP!!!! Please (Windows 7 computer)

The solution turned out to be an application Window opened "off monitor" because Windows thought it was a dual monitor setup. All the user had to do was move that application window back onscreen.

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VLC

2018 11 26- How to Record Your Desktop Screen Using VLC on Windows

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/record-your-desktop-screen-using-vlc-windows-10/

Record Your Windows Desktop with VLC, it gets the job done for a quick raw video to a family member or your IT dept, for example.

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MS GameBar <WIN><G>

NOTE: On Sept 3 2018 I tried to use GameBar to record video. It didn’t work. YMMV

The GameBar is intended to be used with XBox games played on Windows computers.  But it also may be used to MPEG4 videos.

Here are some articles about using the GameBar.

2017 03 10- Win10 Game Bar / GameBar

http://www.digitalcitizen.life/things-you-can-do-new-game-bar-windows

the Game bar lets you record game clips, take screenshots, and even stream your gaming sessions on the internet, for everyone to see.

2017 07 00- Record Screen In Windows 10 Without Any Software – XBox App / GameBar and VLC

https://techviral.net/record-screen-in-windows-10-without-any-software/

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Other 3rd Party Tools

Personally I am now using PicPick for my screen capture and annotation tool.  It includes a Blur/Pixelate feature, although I tend to just use filled shapes to obscure sensitive information.

For a long time I used FastStone 5.3, but it could not handle my 4K screen.

Alternatives to PicPick for all platforms

https://alternativeto.net/software/picpick/

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How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-hide-visual-clutter-on-your-screen-before-your-next-web-demo/

When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.

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This is perfect for what I was looking for. I used to capture screenshot with Acethinker Screen Grabber, free and works quite well. Share it here as an alternative to SNIP.

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