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How To Capture a Screen Shot of your Desktop or the Active Window in Windows

How To Capture a Screen Shot of your Desktop/Windows Media Player

How To Capture a Screen Shot of your Desktop or the Active Window in Windows
By Sue Chastain, About.com Guide

Have you ever pressed the PrtScn (print screen) key on your Windows keyboard and wondered why it was there since it never seemed to do anything? Well, it does do something! It copies an image of your screen onto the “clipboard,” ready to paste into any graphics program. These steps show you how to use it along with Windows’ standard image editor, Microsoft Paint, to save an image of your screen. You can also watch a video version of this tutorial.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 1 minute
Here’s How:

1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. It may be labeled [PrtScn].

2. Open an image editing program, such as Microsoft Paint.

3. Go to the Edit menu and choose Paste.

4. If prompted to enlarge the image, choose Yes.

5. Optional: Use your image editor’s crop tool to crop out unnecessary portions of the screen shot.

6. Go to the File Menu and choose Save As.

7. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the image.

8. Type a file name for the image.

9. Select a file type.

10. Click the Save button.


1. Hold the Alt key down while pressing Print Screen to capture only the active window.

2. Generally the GIF format works best when saving screen shots of application windows. The JPEG format usually makes screen shots (especially those with text) blurry, blotchy and discolored.

2nd way:
Free simple way to capture Images from Windows Media Player

* Open Window Media Player
* Then go to Tools | Options
* In Options, select the Performance Tab
* Way below you click on the Advanced Button
* Uncheck “Use Overlays’
* Click Ok
* And you are ready.
Then click Pint screen button on top right of keyboard.
Paste on photo-shop or paint. and wallah.
2nd one worked for me