2 options aid print-screen process


May 20, 2004|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

I once had a program called Instant Print Screen that printed whatever was on the screen, all of it, when the Print Screen key was pressed. The program is no longer available.

Does something like that exist under another name? I don't want to capture a screen, or crop and print part of it. I just want to print the entire screen, all of whatever is on the monitor, and none of the pages following.

Sometimes it's directions, or it might be something I want to print, scan, keep a copy of and send another copy to someone. Surely, a program like that must exist for downloading.

Software that fills the exact set of features you want is in a free program called Screen Print32 from Provtech Ltd. at www.provtech.co.uk.

ScreenPrint32 runs in the background, and when one taps Print Screen, it directs a picture of the screen to the default printer. Pressing Alt + Print Screen sends only the window that is active. You can set the size of the printout as a percentage of the original.

There are other features, like using the mouse to outline a segment of the screen to print what you want. ScreenPrint32 worked great for me, and you can't beat the price.

An alternative is to run the built-in Windows Paint program that is listed under the Start/Accessories menu. Then you can tap Print Screen or Alt + Print Screen, go to Paint and tap Control + V to paste the image and Control + P to print it out.

If you do this, it's best to set Paint to make images 50 percent of actual size to save ink and paper. Click on the Image menu in Paint and then Stretch/Skew to change the size by percentages.

The Chicago Tribune is a Tribune Publishing newspaper. James Coates may be contacted via e-mail at jcoates@ tribune.com.

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