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neilwilkesPosted at 2015-06-03 09:45:41(215 wks ago) (Technical Help / Useful operating system utilities for ge)


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Have you ever had a problem with your PC or a problem doing something with your PC that you just wish you could save a detailed image - but not the whole screen? Or have you wished there was an easy way to get a small video of something off your desktop? Wish no more.

In a Windows 7 PC (I do not know if Vista has this ability) go to Start & Search for "Snipping tool".
This is a tool built into the operating system, and once you get it in the search, right click the icon & select "pin to taskbar" so it is handy for next time you need it.
Whats does it do?
It will open up & allow you to lasso around anything onscreen you want to take a quick picture of, and save it as a JPEG or better still a PNG file. Very, very handy and much better than pressing "Print Screen" & messing about in PhotoShop or Paint to trim it to what you need.

The other great utility is called "LiceCap" - run a google search for it or go look on the website of the folks who make Reaper. http://www.cockos.com/licecap/
What does it do?
Once launched, you get a resizable window & a record button. Size the window as you need it, and when you press "record" you will be prompted for a save location and it starts recording everything you do on that desktop until you press STOP. Another very handy tool that you will find invaluable - it's recorded files are animated GIF and very small indeed so ideal for posting when you need help on something.

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toneblokePosted at 2015-06-03 10:11:46(215 wks ago) (Technical Help / Useful operating system utilities for ge)
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I'm running W7 and just tried that snip tool. Fucking brilliant. Thank you Neil. It will save me ALOT of time in my "other" online life.



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JimmyShelterPosted at 2015-06-03 10:46:21(215 wks ago) (Technical Help / Useful operating system utilities for ge)
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Nice one Neil.
I knew about the snippet tool, although I forget to use it and hit PrtScn usually.
LiceCap I didn't know and it looks really useful, I'm often showing people how to do things and that is going to save a lot of explaining and typing :)



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