A few blogging friends have emailed me asking how I capture a picture image of my computer screen and then get that image into a blog post. The answer is "Print Screen".
Print Screen is a button on your computer that allows you to capture the current image on your screen then save it to your computer. I use Windows, so it may be different for Mac or other computers, but check your computer manual.
Here is a screen print of my dashboard as an example. This feature helps me in my Blog Buddy (blogging tips) posts. I screen print the steps on how to do things with your blog. I think it's much easier to learn something new with images than with just words.
This is a picture of my own key board. The Print Screen button is up there at the top...above the "insert" "home" buttons.
Mine says "Screen Print", but yours could say...Prt Scr, Print Scrn, Prt Scn, Prt Sc, Prt Scrn, or Prnt Scrn
When you have the page up that you want to capture, just simply push the "Print Screen" button. Now, if you want to use that image in a blog post, you have to get that image to your computer to save it.
With Windows, I use Paint...
- go to the "START" button on the bottom left of your computer screen
- then ALL PROGRAMS
- then ACCESSORIES
- then PAINT
This is what PAINT looks like. You can edit pictures, write on them or use the spray painting features to circle things for instructions or to point things out. You can change the ink color of the design too down on the bottom left.
To get the print screen image on paint...
- click "EDIT"
- then click "PASTE"
Here's the screen print that I did of my dashboard.
Here are some painting things you can do with the features. I always use the spray can to circle things for instructions. If you make a mistake when drawing on the picture, just click "EDIT" then "UNDO"...I know that button really well... LOL
Now to get the finished image to your computer so you can get it on your blog...
- Go to the "FILE" button on the upper left corner
- click "SAVE AS"
Now the window will pop up where I save my images to in "MY PICTURES". (you can save them to where ever you save your pictures) Add a name and image number and click "SAVE". I usually have a file open and add several images for a post, so make sure you are numbering them in order. Makes it easier for me when I'm doing the blog post.
For example...I named these images print screen 001, print screen 002 etc. They will be in the file in the order I want them to be in my blog post.
Bloggers can also use Print Screen when you have Give Away posts. When you use the Random Number Generator to select the winner, screen print the image of the winning number to add it to your give away post.
I am definitely not an expert, but learn as I go with the help from family and friends...especially my daughters. Thanks girlies!! Try, experiment and learn as you go too. When you learn new things, it opens up a world of possibilities.
Have fun print screening,