How can I take a screen shot on windows XP?

SophTheMoph
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Hiya,

How can I take a screen shot, or capture a part of whats showing on my screen? I'm working on Windows XP.

Thanks!
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Top Expert 2011

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ALT + Print Screen (sometimes listed as PrtSc) on the keyboard will capture the active window. Paste your content into an email, Word, MS Paint, etc. afterwards.
Hold down the Alt key and then select the PrtSCN button.
Open Word and paste. That's all there is to it.
ibrahim52Team Leader

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Hold CTRL and press PrtSc and open MSPAINT (PAINT PROGRAM) and press CTRL+V to paste the screenshot and save as JPG or BMP (however you want)
Commented:
CTRL PrtScr  (Control  and PrintScreen keys)  for full screen.

CTRL ALT PrtScr (Control Alt and then PrintScreen keys) for only the active Window.

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Commented:
Thanks - and where are the screen shots saved?

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Commented:
Ah - sorry - I assume they are just on the clipboard until I paste them, they aren't saved as files when I Cntrl PrintScreen.
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
<<Thanks - and where are the screen shots saved?>>

To the clipboard, like text when copied.

You then need to paste the output (typically via CTRL + V or from the menubar, Edit > Paste) into an application that can handle image output. Such applications include MS Paint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Outlook (in the body of a Rich Text or HTML) email, etc.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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The selected answer is incorrect.

pressing CTRL has no effect.  The CORRECT answer is Print Screen for the full screen or Alt+Print Screen for the active Window.

You could also use third party tools like GadWin which will provide various options, including the selection of the key sequence, automatically saving to a file of a given type, and capturing only a rectangular view of the screen.

Further, that key sequence has been available since AT LEAST Windows 2000 and I think NT4 and possibly Win9x and it still works with Win7 and Vista.
Top Expert 2011

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You're right about the CTRL comment, leew... this was one of those times where I just had to... *sigh*

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