May 26, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: How to take a screen shot using thumbalizr

It totally amazes me the number of people who do not know how to take a screen shot so let me show you two ways! First using Thumbalizr and then how I do it just using keyboard short cuts and a photo editing program.

*You should all take note that I'm using Windows Vista and I have no idea how to do this on a Mac because I've never used one before.*

Step 1: When you have a web page that you want to take a screen shot of enter the URL in the designated area, select the "screen" button (it's default) and then click "thumb it".

Step 2: You will now see a thumbnail of your screen shot along side a bunch of links which are the different sizes you can click on to download. When you click on one of them it will open your screen shot in a new window. You can click on different ones until you get a size you want or enter a custom size.

Step 3: Once you've found a good size and opened it up in another window, place your cursor over the image/screenshot, left click and select "save image as". The default file is a PNG image but JPEG files load a lot faster so change the file name from "" to "yourfilenamehere.jpeg", select the location to where you want the file saved and press "save".

Ta-Da! You now have a screen shot! That was simple wasn't it?

Okay now, it's kind of annoying to have to open Thumbalizr every time you want to take a screen shot right? and sometimes you want to take a screen shot of something that's on your computer but not a website so this comes in handy. This might be a little different depending on your keyboard (I have a laptop) but this is what I do: On your keyboard you should have a key that says "prt sc" or "print screen" key and a "fn" or "function" key. If you press both "fn" and "prt sc" keys at the same time it takes a screen shot (NOTE: you can't actually see it until you paste it somewhere). If you have a full size keyboard I believe you press the "alt" key and "prt sc" key at the same time because there is no "fn" key. Next, open a photo editing program like Paint or Photoshop where you can create a new blank document. Paste the screen shot into the blank document by pressing "ctrl + v" on your keyboard, edit > paste or however you usually paste something. You now have a screen shot that you can crop and save! If you press the F11 key it expands your browser size so you can take a bigger shot!

I hope my tutorial has helped some of you figure this out!
♥ Connie