Sometimes it is helpful to take a picture of exactly what you see on your screen.  This is called a Screenshot.  Read on below for instructions on taking a screenshot.

Windows 7

Windows 7 includes a screenshot tool called "Snipping Tool".  You can find the snipping tool by opening your start menu & typing in "Snip".

Snipping Tool

When you open the snipping tool, it will be in "Window Snip" mode.  In this mode, you can click on whatever you can simply click on something to take a picture of it.

If you want to take a picture of your entire screen, click on the arrow to the right of the "New" button & select "Full-Screen Snip"

After you have taken a screenshot with the snipping tool, it will give you the option of drawing on it with your mouse and saving the screenshot to your hard drive or attaching it to an email.

Snipping Tool after snip

The floppy disk button will save your screenshot and the envelope will email it.

Windows XP & Vista

Screenshots are a bit more complicated in older versions of windows.  The steps are outlined below.

  1. Press the PrintScreen button on your keyboard to copy your full screen to the windows clipboard.  Hold ALT & press PrintScreen to copy only the active window (eg. the error message)
  2. Open Microsoft Paint from the start menu
    Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Paint
  3. From the edit menu in Paint, select "Paste"
  4. From the file menu in Paint, slect "Save As".
  5. Change the filetype (bottom dropdown box) to JPEG & choose where to save your screenshot.  I recommend saving it to your desktop.

Paint Save As