Tuesday, October 10, 2006

How to put screenshot to your posts

To add screenshots to your post is very easy. All you need is a suitable image editor. The ones I use are Paint and Irfanview. Paint is available by clicking START > PROGRAMS > ACCESSORIES > PAINT on the taskbar at the bottom of the page. Get to the page which for which you want the screenshot to add to your post and click the PRINTSCREEN key. Then go to PAINT program. and click EDIT > PASTE at the menu bar at the top of the page. You will see the former screen in the image editor window. Here you can do various things like rotate or resize (stretch) your image, add text, put a circle or box round the thing you want highlighted, etc. For example of a part of the screenshot highlighted, look at the screenshot in this post: How to put images in sidebar.

The very important feature missing from Paint is allowing cropping of the image when you want only part of the image to display. For that you should get the very good and free Irfanview. To download and install the program, just do a search "download irfanview" and you will get a choice of many download sites. With Irfanview you can crop your image, resize your image more accurately using pixels (Paint uses percent), make your cursor display (for this, you cannot use Printscreen. Go to the page for which you want the screenshot, go to Irfanview, press the key C, then in the pop-up, click START. This will bring you back to the previous screen, place the mouse in the position where you want the cursor to be displayed, press ctrl+F11 and the image editor window in Irfanview will be filled with the screen with the cursor showing. For example, look at this one of the screenshot in this post: Uploading and manipulating photos with Blogger (and Blogger Beta). This post will also help you to manage your screenshot for uploading.

When you have the image ready, save into your computer and then follow the instruction in the post Uploading and manipulating images in Blogger (and Blogger Beta).



  1. Not related, bu ti t looks like you took the Amazon book images off your site..?

  2. Thanks for pointing it out. I have noticed the Amazon ads missing on the individual post page (permalink) but saw it on the main page. I didn't take it off myself.

  3. Just to add to your post, if you also hold down the ALT key and press PRINTSCREEN you will get the box on top and nothing surrounding it. Just thought this might help your readers.

  4. Thanks for your additional tip. I think I will update that in the post. How do you want me to acknowledge your contribution?

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  7. I crop all the time in the PAINT program..I use the top left button with the star on it. Then you use image to flop or turn upside down..

  8. Thank you for this tip. I don't use Paint much and didn't know about this. Thanks to you, I will be able to update my post. I will like to give acknolowledge to you, perhaps putting your name there and/or putting a link to your site.

  9. I thought I was the only one who used Irfanview! Great tip.


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