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Perfect screenshots on the PC for every purpose

Screenshots are extremely useful: for documentation, as a reminder, for further explanations and for printing out and saving entire websites.

Documentation is particularly important for online purchases, bookings and contracts, because your contractual partner generally has sovereignty over all the data displayed on his website. If, for example, a hotel makes commitments such as free parking, rooms with a sea view or the like, it always makes sense to capture this with a screenshot. Then you have a receipt, even if something else is later on the website or if the decisive part is missing in the booking confirmation.

The same applies to warranties, cancellations and cancellations, certain product features, advertising promises, additional extras and much more. In all of these cases, it is a matter of recording the current actual state. Here is an example from practice: As the figure below shows, an online retailer advertises a laser printer with an “XL Starter Toner” for 15,000 pages. Such initial assembly is unusual, after all, the device manufacturers are earning money from the replacement toners and cartridges. Since the promise cannot be checked immediately after purchase, you would not have anything in hand later without a screenshot if the printer reports empty toner after significantly fewer prints.

A typical case to document assurances. Without this screenshot, the printer buyer could hardly complain if the starter toner were quickly empty.

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A typical case to document assurances. Without this screenshot, the printer buyer could hardly complain if the starter toner were quickly empty.

Fast screenshots with Windows standard tools

You know the easiest way to take a screenshot on the PC: Via the button

print

the operating system saves the entire screen to the clipboard, pressing Alt-Print only the active window. Use the Ctrl-V key combination to copy the content of the clipboard into image editing and many other programs.

The screenshots themselves can be created quickly, but you still had to save them manually every time in Windows 7. And immediately, because the clipboard is quickly overwritten and the previous content is deleted. Only Windows 8.1 and 10 offer the possibility to save screenshots on the hard drive. If you press Win-Print instead of the Print button at the same time, the full screens automatically land on the hard disk in the directory “C: User Username Pictures Screenshots” (or “Own files Pictures Screenshots”). With the Alt key for the active window, this no longer works.

Since version 1809 and thus since autumn 2018, the clipboard of Windows 10 stores up to 25 entries at the same time. However, the function must first be switched on in the Settings app.

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Since version 1809 and thus since autumn 2018, the clipboard of Windows 10 stores up to 25 entries at the same time. However, the function must first be switched on in the Settings app.

Here the extended clipboard of Windows 10 is useful, which Microsoft introduced with version 1809 in autumn 2018. The new clipboard holds up to 25 entries, but must first be activated in the Settings app via “System -› Clipboard – ›Clipboard history: On”. In addition, there is the possibility to differentiate the clipboard into the cloud. This means that the content in the Onedrive drive is also available on other devices with the same Microsoft account.

Handling in everyday life is simple: Filling is done as usual via Ctrl-C, the key combination Windows-V shows the list of all cached content with the latest at the top. With a mouse click on one of the entries, you insert it into the currently active application. With screenshots, this works in many applications.

The integrated snipping tool offers more options, but you can create screenshots faster under Windows 10 but with the key combination Win-Shift-S.

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The integrated snipping tool offers more options, but you can create screenshots faster under Windows 10 but with the key combination Win-Shift-S.

The “integrated in Windows” offers a little more possibilities

Snipping tool

“, You can find it via the search or in the“ Windows accessories ”. The tool menu bar at the top shows the five entries “New”, “Mode”, “Delay”, “Cancel” and “Options”, meaning “New” and “Mode”. Use the first to create a screenshot, the second to define the type or area to be saved. You can choose between “Free cut”, “Rectangular cut”, “Window” and “Full screen”

With the exception of the full screen, you define the desired area by pressing the left mouse button and then spreading the area as far as desired.

As soon as you have taken a screenshot like this, the expanded user interface of the snipping tool shows the various storage, printing, shipping and editing options using a pen, highlighter or Microsoft Tool Paint 3D.

Screenshot program number two is the pre-installed app ”

Cut and sketch

”, Which looks a bit more modern than the“ Snipping Tool ”, but otherwise offers similar functions. Third, the keyboard shortcut is the fastest for everyday PC use and most purposes are completely sufficient

Win-Shift-S

. This is only available under Windows 10 and shows four small buttons at the top of the screen for holding a rectangle, freehand area, window or the full screen.

The fourth Microsoft tool, called

Snip

, do you have to

                        
                                                                                                                                                                                    download and install
                                            . Snip makes it possible to provide a screenshot with additional information or to store it with your own audio recordings. It is therefore suitable for explaining and alienating.

Browser add-ons and other screenshot programs

While an add-on is required to photograph a complete website in Google Chrome, the Mozilla browser Firefox has integrated this function.

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While an add-on is required to photograph a complete website in Google Chrome, the Mozilla browser Firefox has integrated this function.

With

                        
                                                                                                                    Picpick
                                            ,

                        
                                                                                                                    Share X
                                             and the full version

                        
                                                                                                                                        Ashampoo Snap 10
                                            you have three programs whose functions, flexibility and processing options go far beyond the standard Windows tools. You can read a small introduction to the operation of Snap 10 in the workshop in the box on the left.

Dropbox
                                            This is because the cloud storage automatically saves all screenshots locally and via synchronization on other devices. This also works with smartphones and tablets. You activate the function in the software via “Settings -› Import – ›Sharing screenshots with Dropbox”.

                        
                                                                                                                    Team viewer
                                            is not limited to remote maintenance and operation, but also creates screenshots of the host devices: These include some smart TVs, Amazon’s Fire TV and network hard drives.

Documentation on the web remains an important purpose of screenshots. If you want to save not only the visible area of ​​a website, but more or even the entire page, you do not have to take several screenshots and then laboriously combine them. It’s easier: The extension is suitable for Google Chrome and the new Chromium-based Edge browser

                        
                                                                                                                                        Full page screen capture
                                            . The screenshot function is already included in the Mozilla browser.

That’s how it’s done:

In Firefox, press the three dots (“Actions for this page”) at the top right of the address bar and select the entry “Take screenshot -› Save entire page “in the list that now appears.

Both Chrome and Firefox create a file in PNG format. Instead of saving the current status of a complete website as an image using the key combination Ctrl-S as an HTML file.

Screenshots of devices beyond PC, smartphone and tablet are not always easy to save. With this Smart TV from Philips, Teamviewer remote maintenance helps.

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Screenshots of devices beyond PC, smartphone and tablet are not always easy to save. With this Smart TV from Philips, Teamviewer remote maintenance helps.

Help with printing web pages

You probably know this from your own experience: If you want to print out a website, important parts of the text are cut off or displayed too small. For this, other elements are put on paper that you do not need at all. In the meantime, the browsers offer a little more options for controlling the web printout via the preview function. In Firefox, open the print preview by clicking on the properties icon in the top right and selecting “Print”. In addition to the correct scaling at the top of the control bar, the “Simplify page” function often works wonders – even for articles from NewsABC.net. For Chrome and the new Edge, you also click on “Properties -› Print “, select” More Settings “and” Custom “for the edges.

The reading mode can also be helpful when printing text in the browser. In Firefox, click – if available for the article called – on the “book page symbol” on the right in the address bar. In Chrome you must first insert and activate the read mode by inserting chrome: // flags / # enable-reader-mode in the address bar. To do this, set the “Reader Mode” shown now to “Enabled” and restart the browser. Then select the read mode before printing, as with Firefox.


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