Taking A Screen Shot

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

There are a couple ways to take a screen shot.

I think the easiest way is to download FastStone Capture ... you can test drive it for free, and paying the $19.95 license probably won't break the bank.

Once you've installed FastStone, you'll have a little toolbar handy, you can position it anywhere on your desktop.

If you want to select just a particular area of your screen, you click the third tool over, the rectangular marqee.  First you'll see red crosshairs, click to position the crosshairs at your starting point.

After you set the starting point, just drag over the section of your screen you want to capture.  As soon as you release the mouse button, the FastStone editor will open, with the captured section of the screen diplayed.

You can then click on the T for access to the drawing tools, to add circles, boxes, or arrows.

You may find it interesting that FastStone balked at taking this screen shot of itself, so I used Kristal Kraft's favorite, SnagIt -- Snagit is $39.95, so it still won't break the bank, and SnagIt also includes some really cool call-out shapes, like this:

But I'll leave posts about Snagit for Kristal.  :-)  I use FastStone more often, because for me it is so simple and convenient.

Did you know you can also take a screen shot in Windows without installing any special software?

Hit your PRT SCR button, usually near the upper right side of your keyboard.

Hitting that button copies the entire screen contents into your Windows clipboard.

Open an image editing program, such as Photoshop Elements  Hit File -> New .   Hit Edit -> Paste.

There, the screen contents are now displayed in that new file.  You can crop, sharpen or resize as needed.

If you don't have an image editing program, you can just open MS Paint, or even MS Word, and Hit File -> New, then  Edit -> Paste.  You just won't have as many editing options.


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Thanks Cheryl I was just wanting to find a tool to do screenshots but hadn't started looking yet.. thanks again
Jun 01, 2007 06:11 AM #1
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
50% Commission Rebate with Experience & Expertise
Thanks,  I was wondering how to do that.  I new someone would eventually write about it.
Jun 01, 2007 06:30 AM #2
Bob Carney
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Mc Henry, MD
Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent
So that's how you illustrate so quickly...  Neat tool thanks.  I have always used the screen print button and paint to save it then edit in picture manager, but now I have PS elements, cuts out one step anyways.  I like the fact you can select the screen shot.
Jun 01, 2007 07:05 AM #3
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
I just asked someone how to do this.  They showed me with Print Screen & Paint.  This other software looks like it has more editing options.  Thanks for sharing.
Jun 01, 2007 07:40 AM #4
Dave Cheatham
INC Financial - Bartlett, IL
Thank you for sharing about fastStone.  it looks like a good program.
Jun 01, 2007 08:29 AM #5
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Both FastStone and SnagIt are GREAT programs.

To me, FastStone is just a little simpler to use.  But SnagIt is almost as simple, and SnagIt has those cool shout-outs.  Being a software junkie, I have both programs. 

Another tip:  Both programs can capture a complete web page, even if it is long... and the lower portion of it doesn't show in your browser window.... FastStone calls the tool "Capture Scrolling Window"


Jun 01, 2007 08:41 AM #6
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
I've been a great fan of SnagIt, but maybe I'll check out FastStone as well - tech gadgets and books, both my downfalls and temptations.
Jun 01, 2007 07:49 PM #7
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA
Sharon:   "tech gadgets and books".....     I think we are sisters
Jun 01, 2007 07:52 PM #8
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ
Just what I've been watching for. Thanks again Cheryl!
Jun 02, 2007 12:47 AM #9
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

wow!!!!!! I will forget again but now I can bookmark this.


Jun 08, 2007 06:04 AM #10
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