How to Make a Screenshot In Windows and Mail It

How to make and email a screenshot in Windows Vista and XP

How to email a screenshot
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When a tech support person asks what you see on your computer screen, the most informative action you can take is to make a quick screenshot and email it. That way, there's no confusion or misunderstanding regarding the problem you are having. The method of making and mailing screenshots differs in Windows Vista and Windows XP, but it is possible to make a small-sized, yet clear, image that can play an important role in quickly solving your problem.

Full Screenshots in Windows

Whatever version of Windows you use, you can capture a full screenshot with the PrtScn button (print screen) and attach it to an email. However, if you want to capture only part of the screen in Windows Vista or Windows XP and then email it, you can do it.

Make a Screenshot Under Windows Vista and Mail It

To snap what you see on the screen in Windows Vista and send it attached to an email message:

  1. Click Start.

  2. Type "snipping" under Start Search.

  3. Click Snipping Tool under Programs.

  4. In Snipping Tool, click the down arrow next to New.

  5. Select Window Snip from the menu. To capture the full screen instead of a window, select Full-screen Snip. You can also capture selections by selecting Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip.

  6. Position the mouse cursor over the window to capture. A red outline shows you what will be saved. Click.

  7. Now click the Save Snip button in the snipping tool's toolbar.

  8. Make sure GIF file is selected under Save as type.

  9. Type a meaningful name under File name or accept the default "Capture."

  10. Click Save.

  11. Open your email program.

  12. Open a new email addressed to the technical support person or reply to an email you received from that person.

  13. Attach the newly created screenshot, which is in the Pictures folder, to the new message or reply. All email programs have an "attach" function.

Make a Screenshot Under Windows XP and Mail It

To capture what you see on screen in Windows XP and send it via email:

  1. Press the Print Screen key.

  2. Select All Programs > Accessories > Paint from the Start menu.

  3. Select Edit > Paste from the menu in Paint.

  4. Click the Select tool even if it is already highlighted.

  5. Use the cursor the select the interesting part of the image.

  6. Select Edit > Cut from the menu.

  7. Select File New from the menu.

  8. Click No.

  9. Select Edit > Paste again.

  10. Choose File > Save from the menu.

  11. Go to the Desktop.

  12. Type a meaningful name under File name

  13. Select JPEG under Save as type.

  14. Click Save.

  15. Close Paint.

  16. Open your email program.

  17. Attach the newly created picture from the Desktop to a new message or reply.