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Screen Shots: I Need Help Please! (and To Vent!)


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#1 jaeluuc

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 02:02 PM

I'll try to hold the venting to a minimum :thumbsup:

Deperately trying to get up to speed here! Studying topics and tutorials!

Went through everything on screen shots - followed directions, some steps missing - figured out to get an isolated window- need to press the alt and another button (that looks like a calculator, in between the ctrl & ?windows buttons) along with the print screen.

Worked my way through photo bucket, only skinned my knees a little there.

I somehow messed up the original way 'paint' looks! Now it is all white, and my screen shot is just a small picture in the corner. I have lost the ability to have it look like my screen.

As I came to this area I glanced at what had just been posted with Grinler, those directions might help. I'll take a closer look!

I'm sorry, I did spout a bit, but I swear that I'm jinxed!

I'm sure someone out there knows how to pick me up and send me on my way!
Pretty please help me, I promise no more venting and I'll try my best!

Thankyou!

I almost forgot! There was another problem!

In the tutorial it said to copy / paste what was in the box for the Img.
I did that and tried it out in the test area. When I hit send I got a message at the top of my post saying it was an invalid http something or other.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 03:37 PM

I see you're using Paint.
May I suggest another program that's free.
IrfanView
Personally, I think it's a better program, and easier for me to use.

To take a screenshot using Irfanview:

When you have the image showing, that you want to use, hit the PrintScreen button, on your keyboard.
Open Irfanview.
On the toolbar at the top, click Edit.
Select Paste.
That should open your screenshot in Irfanview.
If you want to crop a particular part of the image, follow the instructions here, Basic Cropping Using Irfanview.

Once you have the image the way you want it, you'll have to save it.
On the toolbar at the top, click File.
Select Save as...
In the window that opens, at the top, select a place to save the image, using the dropdown arrow next to Save in...
Next to File name:, give the image a name.
Use the dropdown arrow next to Save as type:, and select either PNG, or GIF.

(Normally, you would choose JPG, but due to security risks, for the time being .jpg images are not allowed to be posted. A jpg as a link is fine, but not the actual image. That's probably why you got the "invalid" message.)

At the bottom, put a check in the box next to Show options dialog.
This will open another box with a slider at the top.
Grab the slider, and drag it left to 60.
Whenever everything is the way you want it, click the Save button.
Close Irfanview.

Upload the image to Photobucket.
Once the image is uploaded, you will have a choice of URL, or IMG.

URL - using this will give you a link to your image. (prefered method, if the image is large)
IMG - using this will place the actual image in your post. (if you use this, the image can not be a jpg, due to security risk mentioned above)

Click the text next to URL, or IMG, which will highlight it.
Right click, and select Copy.
Now when you compose your post, right click in the text area, and select Paste.
That will insert the image, or a link to the image, that you uploaded to Photobucket.
Then make your post.


~Edited to add more information~

Edited by tg1911, 24 May 2006 - 08:12 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 04:10 PM

Thanks tg1911,

I felt very comfortable practicing yesterday with paint. I was doing fine but could not 'isolate' a window until today. Then I finally mastered that!

I truly appreciate your wonderful detail with IrfanView. But instead of wading into yet more new territory I would feel better staying on familiar ground.

What I need help with is getting paint back to 'normal' so that my screen shots look like screen shots. Plus I'd like paint to it's original configuration so that I can use it in other ways.

As far as being able to post it; the tutorial said to use the Img, but you say the URL. I'll practice that way and see what happens.

So if you or anyone can help me get paint back to normal, I'd greatly appreciate it!
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 04:11 PM

This link may help as well.
Inserting An Image Within A Post:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/14738/inserting-an-image-within-a-post/

Actually for images that are quite large, as in desktop screenshots. I use the photo hosting site ImageShack. Which is a free service as well. Since it allows a maximum image size of 1024 kb. Photobucket has a maximum allowance of only 250 kb. They will be re-sized if they are larger. And the image will not be as crisp.

Links and instructions at link. :thumbsup:
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:15 PM

No problem, jaeluuc.
Just offering you another option, in case.

Scarlett,
Photobucket also allows 1MB images, now.
Don't know when they started, but I'm not complaining. :thumbsup:
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:21 PM

Oh thanks TG
I didnt know that. I need to pay more attention.
And shoot I guess there is an update/edit that needs to be done.
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 06:32 PM

Thanks tg1911,


So if you or anyone can help me get paint back to normal, I'd greatly appreciate it!


Just what is wrong with your Paint?
Here is my Paint--

http://i4.tinypic.com/10n89ia.jpg

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 08:37 AM

Hi troops, I've been away working on the 'serious' issues, thank goodness that's almost over!

Okay, now back to this.

medab1,

UNCLE! I give!
Yours looks like mine. So do the ones of my kids. I even created another account, and that one looks like it too!

Originally mine was completely black. It was very rich looking not like just 'painted' black, more of an emptiness. When I did the screen shot, it would show up looking exactly like the desktop. Oh well, it's all a moot point now. I'm off to the challenge of how to post it! :thumbsup: Thanks for trying to help me!

Sooooo, tg1911 and Scarlett,


When I tried everything 'one more time' this is what I got;

TRY #1:
https://ssl-proxy-updated.herokuapp.com/e906dce003471b929810cf0768fc2152d1a1e829/687474703a2f2f6938302e70686f746f6275636b65742e636f6d2f616c62756d732f6a3139392f6a61656c7575632f6475706c69636174652e6a7067/


TRY#2:
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THIS WAS AT THE TOP WHEN I TRIED TO SEND IT:
Error message:

You are not allowed to use that image extension on this board. A valid format is: http://www.domain.com/picture.gif, an invalid format is: http://www.domain.com/picture.one.gif


I'm going to start at square one now! I will follow your instructions of 'how to' and give this IrfanView a try!

I'll let you know how it goes! :flowers:

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!


Just now when I cheked the preview post, THERE IT IS!!!!! What is there in print under the TRY # is something similar to the other TRY as I am looking at this as I type!

I am going to post this now and see if it shows up there! I AM TRULY BAFFLED!
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 08:41 AM

HOLY COW!!!!

Now I just have to go back and see if I can do it consistently!

I'll mess around in the testing area.

Thanks for your help!!!

Best Wishes to All, :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 09:16 AM

So far, so good jaeluuc!

You will have it down in no time at all. I have faith. :thumbsup:

BTW That error message you received was because of the
fact that .jpegs/.jpgs were disabled on the board.
They have since been re-enabled.

This is how to get a full size screeen shot in Photobucket:

You will need a code for a "clickable thumbnail"

Place a check in the box under the specific image you want to post.
Then scroll down to the bottom of page, and look for the silver button that says,
Generate HTTML and IMG Code

It will take you to a page with codes.
Look for IMG clickable thumbnails for message boards - recommended

Copy and paste the code to your post.
Click to view image and the click on image once more to enlarge it to full size.
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 06:18 PM

Hi Scarlett,

I just left you (& buddy) a message in 'paranoid, scared & ignorant'.

Thank you for being so kind and encouraging!!!

I truly want to learn all of these things and be proficient! The neccessary and the fun!

Who knows, maybe I could help someone else someday.

I'll keep you posted as to my mastery of this skill. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 06:38 PM

Your so welcome. :thumbsup:

You will be a master in no time I have no doubt.

It just dawned on me that you may need to take a screen shot of a current active window.
Like when you receive an error.

Here is how to do that:

Hit the ALT and Prt SC or ALT and PrintScreen keys at the same time.
This will take a screenshot of the current active window, (error) only.
No other applications or windows etc. will show in the screenshot.

A neat little trick. :flowers:
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 07:48 PM

Hi Scarlett,

Just finally got something to eat. Came back to fiddle around.

Same old - Same old!! Nothing is straight foward for me... :thumbsup:

When I do Alt & Print Screen, I still get every window on the desktop, just as with just Print Screen.

But I finally hit on a combination that would work!

There is a button to the right of the space bar, in between a button that looks like the windows symbol and a button labeled Ctrl. It's picture looks to me like a calculator with an arrow.

The isolated screen shot will only happen when I press Alt & '?calculator' & Print Screen. But at least it does it!

Like I said in the other post to you and buddy, I'm wiped out! I've been at this since 6:30 this AM; as have I on so many of these days.

I think I'll take a break for now and start fresh tomorrow!

I truly look foward to working with you some more! :flowers:

Sweet Dreams,

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 05:13 AM

Learning to crop & paste with Paint is good - See a screen shot here




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