How to Post a Screenshot

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so it is said, and on many occasions it can help the person helping you if you can post a screenshot of the relevant page rather than trying to describe what you see.

XP/ Win 7/ Vista

Firstly, with the window open that has the Screenshot, tap the Print Screen/SysRq Key (next to F12 on the keyboard). If you only want a screenshot of an active window within the main window press ALT+Print Screen/SysRq.

Now open Microsoft Paint by pressing Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint. This will open a new window.

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From the Top Left, click on Edit > Paste. Windows Vista and 7 users can simply click Paste as shown above. This will put your screenshot in the Paint window.

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If you’re an XP user, click File > Save As; if you’re using Windows Vista or 7, click the blue box on the menu bar and select Save As.

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In the drop-down box that appears, select the File Type. In this case, JPEG. A destination box will open.

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Select Desktop as the destination on the left hand side and replace the highlighted file name with a name of your choosing then press Save.

Exit from Paint and navigate to your Desktop; the .jpg image file will be visible.

Go back into the TSF thread where you are seeking help and follow this procedure:

In the Message box > Advanced. another screen will open…write your message > select the Paper Clip.
(shown in the illustration).

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A pop-up screen will appear. Click on Browse then navigate to the Desktop. Click on the .jpg Image then click Upload to upload it to TSF.

Once it’s uploaded, close the pop-up screen and click the Paper Clip again. Then click on the Attachment . This will place the screenshot in your message so it can be viewed.

To embed your image, please see below.

Win 7/Vista

Alternatively, Windows Vista and 7 users can use the Snipping Tool.

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.

This will open the following window.

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Drag a square around the area you wish to screenshot.

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A pop up screen will appear. Click File > Save As (giving it a ‘name’ rather than “untitled”) > from the drop-down box under the name > select .JPEGSave In: > Desktop > Save > exit out of the window > navigate to your Desktop; the .jpg image file will be visible.

Go back into the TSF thread where you are seeking help; following this procedure…

In the Message box > Advanced. another screen will open…write your message > select the Paper Clip(shown in the illustration below).

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A pop-up screen will appear, Click on Browse and navigate to the Desktop. Click on the .jpg Image then click Upload to uplaoad it to TSF.

Once it’s uploaded, close the pop-up screen > click the Paper Clip again then click on the Attachment. This will place the screenshot in your message so it can be viewed.

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How to Embed Images

First of all, you will need to select an Image Hosting Service (IHS) such as ImageShack or Photobucket, that will allow you to upload your images to their servers. It is advisable that you register to the IHS of your choice, so that you are able to access your uploaded images at any time, and use them again if needed. In any case, always keep the original image files stored on your computer. Follow the procedure for uploading your image to the Image Hosting Service, and you will be given an Embeddable Code for each image you successfully upload.

As soon as the upload concludes, you can see the direct link to your image. Select the URL and press CTRL+C to copy it:

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Use the Taskbar or press ALT+TAB to switch to your Internet Browser window that displays your TSF post you are preparing to submit. Press on theInsert Image button:

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A script box pops up; select the “https://” showing on the line, and then press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the image:

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Press OK on the script box; the necessary BB Code has been included in your post. Press the Preview Post button, to make sure your image shows the way it is supposed to.

You’ve now successfully uploaded your screenshot.

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