Copy screenshot remotely.

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Hi Experts,

I usually work remotely from home PC to my work PC using GoToMyPC.

Many times I need to copy a screenshot from my home PC and paste it somewhere at the work PC, usually in MS Paint.

What I do is paste and save them locally, then use GoToMyPC transfer file utility to save that at the work PC.

Wondering if there is an easier way to accomplish it?

Thanks
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional
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PrintScreen button won't work of course because it performs that action on the client. You would need to have a screen capture utility running on the host.

A simple way to do this might be to use MS Word as it has a screen capture built in. You could also try the Windows snipping tool, but I've never tried it remotely, so not 100% sure if it would do what you needed.

There are of course other tool like SnagIt, which is my favourite, but those aren't free.
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Commented:
Hi bfuchs,

I too have a need to this on occasion and what I do is either take a snapshot using my (now favourite too) "Snaggit" (however, the same thing can be done using Microsoft Windows Clipping tool as well)

What I do is do a screen capture of my local machine (or the remote machine) and then do a copy/paste of the capture to wherever I need with a Ctrl-V. Has always worked well for me and quite easy to do. Have you tried that?

Regards, Andrew
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Echo Andrew's snagit suggestion.
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Hi Experts,

I see you All suggesting Snaggit, since its not free would like to know what other advantages it had besides for this...?

(however, the same thing can be done using Microsoft Windows Clipping tool as well)
Are you referring to MS Snipping tool, that only works locally, does not carry over to remote PC.

A simple way to do this might be to use MS Word as it has a screen capture built in.
You mean open Word on Host PC and past it there? that didn't work either.

Thanks,
Ben
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Not quite sure why you need screen capture, look at whether gotomypc which I've not used in quite sometime whether it has or DSN have a key-combo predefine, I.e similar to the send alt-ctrl-del
One is the print screen, the other being the alt-print screen
Which will achieve what you are after, as that will ve within the clipboard locally on the remote system.

Have not looked at snagit recently but it had a nominal cost/limited use..
@Arnold,

One is the print screen, the other being the alt-print screen

I'm at the client PC, If I press any of these and then turn focus on the Host PC, contents copied does not get carried over.

See attached options setup at GoToMyPC.

Thanks,
Ben
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Distinguished Expert 2017

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After the comment, tried to find the gotomypc reference on whether one Can setup predefined shortcuts to the app to mimic the hit print screen on remote......

It is passthrough.
What goes into the remote clipboard when print screen is hit.do not have access with gotomypc to test on my own.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

Commented:
Hi Ben. In my examples I mean to run the program like Word on the host PC. Click the screen capture button in Word and go from there.

The basic premise is that you need to start the screen capture process on the host, not the client.
Hi,

What goes into the remote clipboard when print screen is hit
Either what was in clipboard from before or nothing.
The basic premise is that you need to start the screen capture process on the host, not the client.
But my goal is the opposite, to copy screenshots from the client and paste them on the host.
Besides tried that (copy from host and paste on client), and it didn't go work either.

Thanks,
Ben
Distinguished Expert 2017
Commented:
I do not believe the gotomypc passes a clipboard or other key combos.


Only option available to you is to find sone "hotkeys" like tools that you could define ctrl-Shft-a to mean print screen in the session
Ctrl-shift-B to operate as though alt+print screen in the session.

the most difficult thing dealing with alt-print screen that any action can not activate another window as that is what will be captured.

IMHO, if the need you have is not a one time thing, snagit is worth it.
Thanks to ALL!
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Hi bfuvhs.

I forgot to mention (sorry) that the business use remote support utility I use (and have been using for the last couple of years) is now Teamviewer.

I used to use LogMeIn Rescue and their Pro versions prior to that for about 10 years and while  I found it usable, eventually gave it the flick in favour of Teamviewer, not the least because of LogMeIn's considerably higher price, even when paid for 12 months in advance.

Teamviewer fully support copy/paste functionality both locally and remotely.

TeamViewer does everything for me that LogMeIn did and cost-wise, for only about half the price of a yearly business subscription, has proven more reliable (and faster for my needs!) and I've also found their support to be excellent in the few times I 've needed to use it.

It just works in my experience so I'd advise your giving it a 30 Day free trial run.

Regards, Andrew

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