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How can an application take a snapshot of part of itself?

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How do I cause an application form to take a screenshot of itself?  If I grab the desktop canvas area defined by the portion  of the form that I want to get an image of I only get the desktop <under> the form.  

The area of the form that I was to "screenshot" is layered of a Timage with some TPaintBox items on top of it.  Because its layout can be quite complicated, it seems that the simplest way would be just to "screenshot" the results.  

The puzzling thing is that at an earlier point in this coding I thought that taking a screenshot of the Desktop area defined by this combined image worked - but now I just get the desktop behind it

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The answer to my problem is that I had inadvertently set the form's Transparent color property to TRUE.  I don't remember when or why that got set, but once I changed it back to the default False, then the form shows up in the Desktop Canvas and I can use ordinary an Screenshot routine of the Desktop to get the assembled image I wanted.  

So this also is a hint for those who might want to take a screenshot of the desktop but OMIT the applications form - just set the transparent color pro-erty to true.
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