The screenshot…  its a useful tool for those people like me who find themselves being everyone they know’s personal tech support for their windows machines.

You are probably well aware that hitting the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard will take the entire contents of your monitor and copy it to your windows clipboard, to be pasted into something as a bitmap image.   

This is all well and good, and for the most part serves peoples needs.   I, however, compute in a two-monitor environment  (maybe soon my home PC will be a three-monitor rig).    This makes the resulting screen shots a bit hard to read.    After all, there are two monitor’s worth of content to capture, and this results in a nice rectangular image, however when pasting it into something like Word, or Outlook, it has to shrink it to fit.   Trying to fit something that spans two-monitors already into a space that doesn’t take up a single monitor (you know, all those UI features on the side and top of your application taking up space) makes for a more-difficult-to-read screen shot.    I’ve always gotten around this by cropping the element of the screenshot I really cared about.   (Or really, in my case, using OneNote’s screen clipping utility that lets me capture only the piece of the monitor i want)

Well, this problem is no more thanks to a handy little trick I just learned.   Can’t believe I didn’t know this already… I’ve only been using Windows for over half my life-span now.

But anyway, holding down the ALT key while pressing the Print Screen (usually labeled PrtScr) key will have the screen shot it captures limited to only the active window (ie:  whatever program you currently have active).     This keeps the rest of your monitor’s display neatly out of the screen shot.

Its even quicker than OneNote’s screen clipping utility.   

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