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Is there a good (maybe free) app that can take a screenshot of every window you touch automatically? I'm writing a lot of training this week and it would sure help as I go between screens to have something automatically screenshoting and saving pics to my disk maybe.

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What OS and version? –  John T Sep 29 '09 at 21:03

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You might not want to save every windows, or could want several screenshots for 1 window (after scrolling for instance, or selecting a different tab).

Use XnView for the screenshots. Define a hotkey to trigger the capture. Select "Active Windows" and "Multiple Capture". The screenshots will be saved automatically to a predefined directory, without prompting for a filename.

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Each time you have a windows worth saving, press on the hotkey.

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You may want to consider capturing a video and grabbing individual frames after the fact.

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If you're on Windows, how about a little AutoHotkey ? You will need IrfanView as well for the capture.

ifnotexist, C:\screenshots
fileCreateDir, C:\screenshots
Run, "C:\Program Files\IrfanView\IrfanView\i_view32.exe" /capture=1 /convert=C:\screenshots\capture_$U(`%Y-`%m-`%d_`%H`%M`%S).png

holding Ctrl and clicking will printscreen the active window, and save it to C:\screenshots with a timestamp and the capture_ prefix.

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I'm not sure it has the exact features you're looking for, but check out Wink. It's designed for creating tutorials. I know it has timed support, and I think it supports capturing every time you click, or something like that. I remember that for web pages, I had to do an additional capture after the new page loaded because it didn't wait long enough for a web page to load, but I'm pretty sure that that's not an issue with a "real" application.

It will also allow you to save those screenshots as images or as a fancy flash app thing.

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My favorite is Gadwin PrintScreen. It has many options, can interface with other software products and is easy to use with an optional hotkey:

There are several hotkey combos to choose from (PrintScreen is the default). Once you've chosen your favorite combo, head to the Destination tab and have the screen print out instantly, copy the capture to the clipboard, save it to a specific folder, or even send it through e-mail. You can perform full screen captures, or only capture a specific window.

Gadwin PrintScreen is an easy to use freeware utility that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to Windows clipboard, print it or e-mail it to a recipient of your choice.

There are also six different image formats to choose from, and each one can be resized. With all the customization capabilities, what more could you ask for?

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There is a Windows tool called "Problem Steps Recorder". It takes screenshots of everything you do and compiles a HTML with those screenshots.

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