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Same question as by this person, but I need a better answer :) Paint is great for my needs; I do not need anything else 99% of the time.

How to paste Print Screen on MS Paint automatically when press "PrtSc" button? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071218032823AAmxWTu

I am using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

EDIT: The following Auto Hot Key script worked for me:

~Printscreen::
!~Printscreen::
IfWinExist Untitled - Paint
{
    WinActivate, Untitled - Paint
    WinWaitActive, Untitled - Paint
}
else
{
    Run Mspaint
    Sleep 10
    WinActivate, Untitled - Paint
    WinWaitActive, Untitled - Paint
}

{
   Send ^v
   Send ^+x
   return
}
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Please post your question, rather than expecting folks to go to some other site to read the details. –  Arjan Nov 23 '10 at 20:43
    
Just as an FYI for another option. I do a lot of screenshots at work, and I love this tool for quickly editing, highlighting, and annotating my captures before sending them off: donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/screenshotcaptor –  mpeterson Nov 24 '10 at 14:09

5 Answers 5

up vote 3 down vote accepted

AutoHotKey with the following script:

; print screen pastes into MS Paint
~Printscreen::
Run Mspaint
WinWaitActive, Untitled - Paint
{
   Send ^v
}

I tested this from Vista Business 64-bit with success, but your mileage may vary.

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WORKS PERFECTLY! Would you kindly add an entry for Alt-Prt Scr as well? I have not used this tool before. –  Fantomas Nov 23 '10 at 20:37
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add !~Printscreen:: under ~Printscreen:: –  bbaja42 Nov 23 '10 at 20:59
    
Glad to be of help. AutoHotKey is such an immensely powerful program... I am completely wasting its potential as my main use is just some simple text expansions. ;) –  mpeterson Nov 24 '10 at 14:06
    
It is very cool! Please see my follow-up question: superuser.com/questions/214697/… –  Fantomas Nov 24 '10 at 18:31
    
Since @Fantomas doesn't make it clear: the above link leads to a solution that also auto-crops the pasted image in Paint. –  Andrew Cheong Dec 9 '13 at 5:26

You might look into the Snipping Tool baked into Windows - it has the added bonus of not needing you to take full screen/window captures if you don't want. It's not really any more clicks than opening Paint manually but I feel it's much more convenient.

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Thanks, although Alt-PrtScr copies just the current Window as well. –  Fantomas Nov 23 '10 at 17:42
    
@Fantomas - Right, but my point is Snipping Tool doesn't limit you to that functionality. You can capture as little or as much of the screen as you want. –  Shinrai Nov 23 '10 at 18:03

I believe CTRL+V would be the best method, which will paste the screen into MS Paint.

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Lol, this answer made my day! –  Fantomas Nov 23 '10 at 17:42
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+1 As this answer is better than the question. –  paradroid Nov 23 '10 at 19:49
    
Apologies, I was in a rush when I answered. I've highlighted the word "would", as it actually changes my answer to what I meant to say, rather than it seeming like I didn't RTFQ! I believe that CTRL+V is a very simple solution that fits what your asking. I mean, Authotkey is a great solution from mpeterson, but one mouse-click versus two key strokes, we're splitting hairs saying one is faster than the other. –  Paul Nov 23 '10 at 20:36

Take a look at Jing. If Print_Screen + MS Paint it's all you need, then Jing will make whatever you are doing even easier.

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How about opening a small paint window or even returning to previous window automatically? Or maybe it's possible to paste print screen into MS paint without switching windows?

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