# How to take a screenshot on Windows 7 and auto create screenshot file on desktop like Mac?

I'm trying to find information how do we take a screenshot on Windows 7 that will actually create a screenshot file like .png in to your desktop like on mac where you can do it by press Command+Control+Shift+4.

In windows all I know is that I can do it by press press = Windows captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard.

or for the Active windows I can just do hold and press = Windows captures only the currently active window and copies it to the clipboard.

Right now I'm using maComFort which it gives me functionality of Mac like keyboard that I can take screenshot in such the same way with Mac OS X but really it changes many of the key in my keyboard in the way I don't like.

So I wonder if there is a better way?

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I use Screenpresso. It's free, portable and only uses the Print key (with modifiers).

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Could you perhaps tell us something more about Screenpresso? –  Ivo Flipse Apr 14 '12 at 6:51
Man this is what I want!! –  Ali Apr 21 '12 at 16:01
I got this and set it to Ctrl+PrintScreen, it Auto saves to a folder and does not get in the way. It also has tonnes of other useful features such as capturing video. –  Liam Jan 10 '14 at 10:30
Requires internet connection. No portable app that does nothing more than take a screenshot should require an internet connection to function. –  Derek Feb 3 at 23:29

Simply use the built in Snipping Tool. It will capture the screen and prompt you to save it to a .png file. If you want it to run when you hit PrintScrn then bind it to that key using AutoHotKey.

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Download NirCmd, AutoHotKey and Install them both. (Copy nircmd files to either Windows directory or extract it to a new folder).

Change this to relevant directories where the nircmd executable is stored and the path to your desktop.

c:\path\to\nircmd.exe savescreenshot c:\path\to\desktop\Screenshot.png


If everything goes fine, you should see a screenshot on your desktop. Now to make PrintScreen to execute that command. This is where AutoHotKey comes in.

I just modified the Script found here. Create a new ".ahk" file using Notepad, Paste this and modify as needed.

#NoEnv
SendMode Input
SetWorkingDir, path:\to\desktop

PRINTSCREEN::Run, c:\path\to\nircmd.exe savescreenshot c:\path\to\desktop\Screenshot_%A_Now%.png
!PRINTSCREEN::Run, c:\path\to\nircmd.exe savescreenshotwin c:\path\to\desktop\Screenshot_%A_Now%.png
return


Now use the "Convert .ahk to .exe" tool which is installed along with AutoHotKey and create a executable.

Run that executable and press PrintScreen (and Alt+PrintScreen); See if that did the job.

Now just add a shortcut to that executable to your Startup folder (which automatically loads it whenever you boot).

Edit: Modified to add Alt+Printscreen and Timestamp to files.

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You could try Purrint.

http://www.bcheck.net/apps/

It gives you choices on formats to use, based on the extension you give the screengrabs when you first configure the program. And of course, you can choose where you want the screen shots to go.

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I wrote a simple python script to capture the screen to a file on a hot key.

The script and its shortcut are here.

There are two files printscreen-win.lnk and printscreen-win.py

Copy both of them to c:\utils, that path can be changed but you need to edit the shortcut file.

The shortcut file expects that your python is:

c:\Python27\pythonw.exe


Copy the shortcut to your Desktop and make a "Shortcut Key" from its Properties. Default one that I use is Ctrl + Alt + S

Once you execute the script it will save a new screen-shot under ...\Desktop\screen\

You will need Python 2.x and PIL.

Enjoy!

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