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From time to time you may be asked to submit a screenshot of the problem that you are seeing.
Screenshots are usually displayed by the Forum software as pictures within your text. However, just pasting a screenshot
 into your text won’t work. Instead, you upload a picture file as an attachment to your text, but it will be shown graphically.

Here is
- how you can take a screenshot using tools built into your computer’s operating system or with special utilities
- how to use the screenshot by uploading it to the Logos forum via paper clip

Taking a Screenshot

Tools Built Into the Operating System


  1. OS X has screen capture keyboard shortcuts Shift + Control + Command + 3 (or 4) copies screen image (or selected portion) to clipboard. Alternative is using Grab utility to capture Window, Selection, Screen, OR Timed Screen. Then copy screen capture to clipboard. An O’Reilly webpage has screen capture examples.
  2. Open (or switch to) Preview application. Preview has several graphical editing capabilities – including annotating, cropping, and rotating.
  3. File Menu => New from Clipboard
  4. File Menu => Save As
  5. Save image in PNG format for Forum posting or use JPG format for Wiki pages
  6. Remember where file saved (along with name) – forum editor has paper clip for attaching file. Wiki page has Upload Image Both have “choose file” to specify saved file.


  1. Find the “Print Screen” key (it may be labelled PrtSc/PrntScr). Press Alt + PrtSc to put a copy of the active window in the clipboard buffer.
  2. Then open Microsoft Paint, or some other graphics editor.
  3. In the menu click EDIT>PASTE to paste the contents of the clipboard to your new graphic.
  4. Choose FILE>>SAVE AS
  5. Save the file with a meaningful name as a JPG, GIF or PNG file (not BMP/Bitmap as they are too large).
  6. Remember where you save the file.

Windows 8 Quick Screenshot

  1. Hold down the “Windows” key + the “Print Screen” key. On tablets use “Windows” + “Volume Down”
    (your screen will darken for a split second, then...)
  2. You will discover a “Screenshot” file in the Screenshots folder of your Pictures Library.

Windows Snipping Tool

   Windows 7/8, Vista, and Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet include a program called Snipping tool. Loading it automatically gives you a “cross hairs” so you can select the area of your screen to grab along with basic editing ability.

Special Utilities


  Many forum users are using Jing ( to make the captures. The free version will do both image and video captures of specific areas of your screen. You can then do minor edits if necessary. You can then upload to the free webspace they provide or save the capture locally on your computer.


  The same company makes a paid program called Snagit.


  Free and opensource, with a surprising number of features. (Though it could use a few more)


  A well known image viewer for quite some time.


  They have both a free and a paid version – the free version works well.


  Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.


  Free for personal and non-profit use. You can edit, draw boxes, circles, etc., before saving. Easy to use.
  NOTE!: The free version of PicPick is currently being bundled with various adware schemes. These are installed without your knowledge or permission. Install at your own risk, but NOT RECOMMENDED at this time! (Note added by Rich DeRuiter 07-08-14)


  GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

  GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything, including advanced scripting.

Using a Screenshot

Uploading Screenshot to the Forum

  1. Hit reply to respond to a message (or create a new message). You can’t upload screenshots using Quick Reply.
  2. Locate the paperclip icon and click it
  3. This will bring up the attachment dialog
  4. Click Browse to locate your image, adust the Max width and height if you want to change scaling (not normally necessary).
  5. click INSERT.
  6. Voila!

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