Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Looking for a mechanism - with minimal/no install of 3rd party software so that the ALT + Printscreen keyboard command produces a reasonably sized image when pasted into an email.

Currently on Windows XP if I perform an ALT Print Screen and paste into an outlook or groupwise email message - the email message becomes a 4 Megabyte email - which is not fun to download to a phone.

share|improve this question
1  
Any reason you can't use mspaint to crop/resize/change formats? –  MaQleod Sep 8 '11 at 20:09
    
Yes - I can. But is more difficult to convince others - who often send screenshots via email to highlight a bug or question. Sending the instructions to first convert to PNG in MSPaint or install snagit, or install a browser plugin etc... just makes folks who hate computers hate them more. –  Brian Sep 8 '11 at 20:23

2 Answers 2

The simplest method with no autohotkey or 3rd party software is to open MS Paint after ALT+PRINT SCREEN, then CTRL+V to paste the image in and then CTRL+S to open the save dialog, where you can select another format such as JPEG.

share|improve this answer

The only guaranteed way to do this would be to save the screen shot as a png file and then send that with the e-mail as an attachment.

By embedding the image in the e-mail you are forcing it to be uncompressed.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.