Where does my printscreen go?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Finnish to German
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Apr 18, 2008

When I press the print screen button, where does the image go? What is the name of the file?
I'm using Win XP on my laptop.


Boris Kimel  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Clipboard Apr 18, 2008

is the destination. You can paste the image wherever you want. I use Photoshop to crop and compress the image into jpeg. Though with Vista's builtin accessory this is not needed anymore.


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:08
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Finnish to German
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Thanks, Boris! Apr 18, 2008

You were as fast as my operating system!


Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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built in paint Apr 18, 2008

or you can paste it to paint, a simple graphic utility built into windows.


Hilary Davies Shelby
United States
Local time: 07:08
German to English
Even Word Apr 18, 2008

You can even paste it into Word if you want, but I usually use Paint.


Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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And.. Apr 18, 2008

..if you press Alt+Printscreen, you will only capture the current window, without the rest of your desktopicon_smile.gif


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Into the clipboard Apr 20, 2008

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
When I press the print screen button, where does the image go?

It goes into the clipboard. This is why you should avoid pressing PrintScreen while copying something from one location to another, because the screenshot will replace with you had in the clipboard. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. And in some programs (eg MS Word), you can actually paste the screenshot.

Another way of doing screenshots is to use XnView or a similar program, that gives more options for taking screenshots, eg delayed (5 seconds or so) or after pressing a certain keyboard shortcut.


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