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Easy Print Screen in Windows 7

Having problems taking screen shots Windows 7? Try Gadwin PrintScreen:

1. Go to http://www.gadwin.com/download [1]

2. Scroll down the page until you see “Gadwin PrintScreen” and click the “Download now!” link.

3. Once your download is complete, find the downloaded zip file and double click it to unzip.

4. Once unzipped, double click the “.exe” file and follow the prompts to install Gadwin PrintScreen. A program shortcut will appear on your desktop.

5. If PrintScreen does not automatically open, double click the PrintScreen Icon to start PrintScreen. You will be presented with the PrintScreen program options window:

There are a variety of options to customize how your PrintScreen screen shot will be saved and displayed. While you could simply leave the options at their default settings, taking a bit of time to customize your PrintScreen options to your liking will save you a fair amount of time and effort in the future.

To set up your PrintScreen options, follow these steps:

6. If it is not already selected, select the “Preferences” menu option to display the PrintScreen main options menu. You will be presented with a number of settings. The following are the options of most importance:

“Hot key:” – This option allows you to choose from a number of key combinations to capture your screen shot. This comes particularly in handy if your computer keyboard does not have a standard print screen button (such as some netbook, laptop, tablet, or other small form factor keyboards.) The default option, “PrintScreen,” is your standard PrintScreen / Prt Scr button.

“Initial delay before capture (1-60 sec):” – Allows you to delay your screen shot by up to 60 seconds after you press your PrintScreen button.

“Hide icon when capturing” – Hides the Gadwin PrintScreen taskbar icon when taking a screen shot.

“Preview the captured image” – Allows you to preview your screen shot prior to saving or editing your screen shot. (It is highly recommended that you keep this option selected as it is one of the best features available in PrintScreen.)

“Show notification messages” – Displays notifications from PrintScreen above your taskbar on startup, capture, etc.

“Run at Windows startup” – select this option will turn PrintScreen on automatically when Windows starts (Highly recommended.)

7. Select “Source” from the menu bar to display the following options:

“Captured area” – Select from the following options to define what PrintScreen captures:

“Current Window” – Capture the currently selected program or folder window.

“Client Window” – Capture only the contents of the currently selected program or folder window.

“Full Screen” – Capture the entire screen.

“Rectangular Area – Allows you to draw a box around just the part of the screen you wish to capture.

“Capture Mouse Cursor” – Toggles on/off the mouse cursor in your screen shots.

8. Select “Destination” from the menu bar to display the following options:

Copy captured area to:

“Clipboard” – Saves your screen shot to the clipboard to paste in your program of choice.

“Printer” – Sends the screen shot directly to your printer.

“File” – Saves your screen shot to your computer.

“Send captured area via E-mail” – Select this to have your screen shot automatically attached to a new message in your email client.


“Ask for the file name after capturing” – Select to manually change the name of your screen shot after every capture.

“Automatic Naming” – Select to have your screen shots named by PrintScreen with the name in the “File name:” box, followed by succeeding numerals (e.g. 00,01,02,etc.)

“Capture Directory:” Select the folder where you would like PrintScreen to save your screen shots.

“Open with:” Select this option to have you screen shot automatically opened in the program of your choice (e.g. Photoshop, Word, etc.)

9. Select “Image” from the menu bar to display the following options:

“Type of Image” – Select what type of image your screen shot is saved as (.jpg, .png, .bmp, etc.)

“Resize captured image” – Have PrintScreen automatically resize your screen shot on capture.

“Maintain aspect ratio” – If PrintScreen resizes your image, enter numbers here to have your screen shots resized consistently.

“Stamp” – Have PrintScreen automatically add a watermark to your screen shot.

10. Click “Ok” to set your settings.

Now that PrintScreen has been setup to your liking, press the screen shot key(s) defined in Step 6. to take a screen shot. The PrintScreen screen shot window will appear with the following options:

“Change Destination” – Click to choose where to save your screen shot image file.

“Continue Output” – Save or send your screen shot to the program defined in Step 8.

“Cancel Output” – Cancel your screen shot and take a new one.

There you have it; a free, powerful, and easy to use alternative to Prt Scr and Paint. Enjoy!

~J. Conboy