Capture a Screen shot of a Windows error / event

Capture a Screen shot of a Windows error / event

Capture a Screen shot of a Windows error / event

It may be useful to take a screen shot of any windows event, message or error you are see and send it to your service technician. Use these instructions to take a screen shot and save it into WordPad (a standard application program supplied with all version of Windows). Next, you could then or fax this page.

Option One: Basic Keyboard Capture Procedure:

  • With the error displayed (or any window of interest) on your screen, press one of the following keys:

    (A) Alt + PrintScrn to capture the active window
    (B) PrintScrn to capture your full computer screen
  • Select Start > Programs > Accessories > WordPad (or use Word). The WordPad application opens.
  • Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into WordPad.

Windows Screen Capture

  • Select File > Page Setup. Then choose Landscape.
  • Select File > Print.
  • The printed page is a hardcopy of the captured snapshot.

Windows 10 Only: How do I take a screenshot of a specific area?

Hold down the + Shift key and press the S key.

The use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify what to capture. Windows then copies it to the clipboard. This option has been available since the Windows 10 Creators Update.


Option Two: Use the Windows 7/8/10 Snipping Tool to capture screenshots

Example Capture with Snipping Tool:

Windows Screen Capture

Snipping Tool is a screenshot utility included in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. The tool can capture screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. Snips can then be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file) or an MHTML file, or e-mailed. You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form snip. Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen snip. Capture the entire screen.

Using the Windows Snipping Tool

For Windows 10Select the Start  button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool)
For Windows 8.1Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7Select the Start  button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool)

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Windows Screen Capture

Annotate a snip

After you capture a snip, you can write or draw on or around it by selecting the Pen or Highlighter buttons. Select Eraser to remove the lines you've drawn.

Save a snip

  1. In the Snipping Tool, select the Options button.
  2. In the Snipping Tools Options box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, then select OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, select the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

Keyboard shortcuts to use in Snipping Tool

 Press these keys To do this
 Alt + M Choose a snipping mode
 Alt + N Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one
 Shift + arrow keys Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area
 Alt + D Delay capture by 1-5 seconds (Windows 10 only)
 Ctrl + C Copy the snip to clipboard
 Ctrl +  Save the snip

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