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Postszanne7000 on Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:45 am

This is my first Thread Post as your resident Tech Guru.   f

I hope this will help you to help us to help you, lol. :D

("A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words...")


Taking a screenshot is generally very easy - if you (a) know how to do it, and (b) have a great application to do it with.


First, I'm going to discuss the Snipping Tool, then I'll discuss how to use Print Screen with your keyboard.

(  I do not have, nor use a MAC, so I am not able to explain that; I do know, though, that the process is similar :D  )


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If you are a Windows user, try the Snipping Tool. It is already on Windows.



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Here are some links on where to get it and how to use it :D


Includes link to download the Lite Version

This is the important part of this page:

Where to find Snipping Tool in Windows:

Snipping tool is only included with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you can not find it, you can alternatively download the free tool Capture Screenshot lite which looks the same and works pretty much the same. The download link is http://www.gutmannsoft.com/en/screenshot/capture-screenshot-lite.php. (Make sure you click the download link at the bottom of the page to get the free version.)


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Here is where the link to download takes you:  

Download Lite Snipping Tool

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Here is how to use it:

How to Use Snipping Tool


This is the application I use when I put up screenshots.

This will let you grab pictures showing on your monitor from wherever you might be on the internet :D


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Also, if you use the Screenprint option on your keyboard, it will take a picture of whatever is showing - including your game.

You may have to search for where the image is saved on your PC, but that will let you take a picture of in game shots showing -  if needed when asking for assistance.

This way we can see it and that helps a lot! :D

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This link shows how to take screenshots in various Windows (XP, Vista, 7, and 10) versions:

Screenshots - Windows Different Versions

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Here is where Windows 10 puts screenshots:




...and here is how to do it for Windows 10:



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Update September 2, 2017


There is also a very easy method to using the PrtScrn key on your keyboard (for those that have it).

Think of it as a COPY button for your monitor/laptop screen...

...once you've pressed it, all you need to do is PASTE (Ctrl V) the screen capture into an application like Paint, Photoshop, GIMP, Word, etc... any application that allows images to be pasted into them.

This link Print Screen How To's is a wonderful pictured tutorial for Windows 7, but the techniques also work for Windows 10 (so I would imagine that it will also work for Windows' versions in between).

So, go to the link and follow their step-by-step directions :D


A reason for using these methods would be wanting to grab a picture of what you're actually seeing on your screen - in any application, including while being in game in The Sims (ts2, ts3, ts4).

I've tested this and it takes great images, although you'll want to test it out to see exactly what you're getting with the full screen vs window methods.

Note: The tutorial is in English, although the pictures include Spanish text - not to worry for those that don't speak Spanish, the pictures and directions are completely clear and straightforward.

There is even a third option showing how to use the Snipping Tool for Windows 7.


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Postanidup on Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:55 pm

This is indeed very informative Suzanne!!
Thank you so much!
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Postszanne7000 on Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:50 am

Thank you, Anita :D

I hope it is helpful, I do! <3



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PostSamantha61 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:37 pm

You all know me..I can't do a thing the first time around without going crazy runcircle

Ok,

*First I did the print screen,
*Second I did tyhe Alt+Print screen
*Third I did the Fn+Print screen

Now if any of these worked..I can't find the pictures anywhere..
Suzanne you know how much trouble we had..and still we never found the pictures..or did we..and if we did where are they..

I looked in paint, photoshop, C: drive, and even looked for the Clipboard couldn't find that even..did a search but no luck..

I am following the instrustions..

bored I'm an idiot.. pc2


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PostChicklet45368 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:58 pm

Sam - When I do a print screen for images I've found online that I want to use for a project I do it like this:

I hit PrtScn on my keyboard

Then I open up my Paintshop Pro (should be the same steps with Photoshop tho), then I go up to EDIT then chose PASTE (or like mine, it might say, PASTE AS NEW IMAGE)

Now that image appears in my photo editing program and I can do whatever I want with it.

Using PrntScrn doesn't actually "save" an image to your PC that you'd be able to search for it, until you "paste" it into another program. THEN you can save it to the folder you want, like any other image.

It's like taking a snapshot of what you see on your monitor at that exact time, so if you don't paste it into Photoshop right away and you'd hit PrntScn again, then what you captured the 2nd time would override what you did previously

It's just a nice way to capture your in-game screenshots bigger, then you could use your lasso tool and select only what's inside of the red "paused" frame to have a nice clean picture of your rooms
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PostSamantha61 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:15 pm

Thank you TJ..

I tried it..and either I am doing something wrong..or my

*print screen
*Alt print screen
*Fn Insert

don't work..

Because I went into both paint and Photoshop..and nothing..


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Postszanne7000 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:07 pm

Sam, when you go into Paint or Photoshop (after clicking the PrtScrn key/take a picture)...

You need to make sure:

1. You have a new file open (new picture in Paint, new blank file in Photoshop).

2. Right Click anywhere in the new file.

3. Press Ctrl V ---to PASTE the image you took when you clicked the PrtScrn button.

Try this first - we can work on just getting a window image later. :D



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PostSamantha61 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:19 pm

Why aren't you in bed lol

And it didn't work.. gnome

I don't think the print screen works for in the game..


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Postszanne7000 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:26 pm

It works for me in the game... sigh.

Okay, try this:

1.  Windows Key + PrtScrn

That is, press the Windows Key AND while pressing it, click the PrtScrn key

Do NOT press the + (plus) symbol, lol :D

2.  Then, open Paint and press Ctrl V

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I couldn't sleep after we talked, lol...

...it happens.



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PostSamantha61 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:32 pm

Sorry about that Suzanne..I thought you was in bed..and you would see the message later..

Well I tried that and nope..now remember when we took the screen shot of my desktop..well that is the only stupid thing that comes up..I can't get rid of it..and no other pictures to choose from..

I give up.. bored

I guess I will be just doing the best I can with what I have as in game shots..

Thank you for your help Suzanne, Anita and TJ..


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Postszanne7000 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:44 pm

After I sleep, we can skype :D



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PostSamantha61 on Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:00 am

Ok just let me know..when..I may or may not be awake then lol..me and Terry have a lot to do tomorrow..his room has to be defleaed..I'm talking about taking everything out of there and bombing it..giving the cat and dog a flea bath..and all that..his room is the only room that has fleas..poor Shya and Tigeras..lol..so in that 4 hours that we can't go in the room I may try and get on here..after everything is check and put back in then I know I will be on..so let's see what happens..

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Postszanne7000 on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:05 am

It will need to be after 1pm Pacific, Sam, today (Monday), lol...

...I didn't sleep and probably won't for several more hours.

...I've been downloading! rofl301



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PostSamantha61 on Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:22 pm

Your funny girl.. rofl301

Well it's just after 7 am here and I bet your asleep now hehe..

Going to be a very busy day for me today..so I will be popping in and out..so getting on Skype today may be a problem unless it's late tonight..


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Postszanne7000 on Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:17 am

heheh, Sam :D

I actually got some more work done on the build...

...now I have to see how hard it is to make a bunch of sims for all those poses! rofl301

...oh, and finish the build! giggle



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PostSamantha61 on Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:23 pm

I found out that you can't take in game pictures with that snip tool..I can with anything else..I used it yesterday to help someone with putting pictures on this site..but can't in my game..

I did everything don't work..so I will have to live with what I have and what I have learned with Photoshop and Paint.net...to enlarge my pictures to get them to be seen better..that has been fun lol..

Thank you Suzanne for your help and teaching me that snip tool..I am going to love that one lol


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Postszanne7000 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:16 am

We'll have to skype tomorrow, okay, Sam?



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PostSamantha61 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:22 am

Cool, about what time..I tend to be up late..I can't remember all the steps I took for recoloring bedding and bed frames..lol..so had to delete all my stuff including the B.A.C. entry and start over..doing one bedding and one frame at a time then go in and check it..and then either redo or keep lol..

I'm just now getting Terry's clothes and bedding and all that rewashed from the fleas..tomorrow afternoon it's my turn..I hope..lol

Can we do it sometime tomorrow evening..and about what time..let me know

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Postszanne7000 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:28 am

Evening - say 6ish for me, that would be 8ish for you, right?

Will that work for you?



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PostSamantha61 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:58 am

Perfect you might have to remind me hehe..but I should be done with everything by then..thank you Suzanne..


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Postszanne7000 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:38 am

We reminded each other and you did NOT forget :D



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PostSamantha61 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:59 am

bravo giggle


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