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Is there a way or an application to create a screenshot of the actual windows content (client area) in Windows XP and above?

I mean Alt+PrintScreen captures a picture containing the window borders, title and buttons (minimize, maximize, close). I'd like to see only the content of the window.

Is this possible without image editing/cropping?

If I need a 3rd party tool, then free or open source would be preferable. At least a shareware, so I can check that it works for me, before I buy it.

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closed as off topic by Dave M, Simon, 8088, Tog, Nifle Apr 27 '13 at 7:45

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Not without installing a 3rd party screen capture tool. – ChrisF Jan 10 '13 at 9:17
3rd party tool is ok, as long as it's free or open source – EdgarPE Jan 10 '13 at 9:27
This has just become a shopping recommendation which is off topic. – ChrisF Jan 10 '13 at 9:30
Well, if it's off topic than close it. But for me it's not a shopping problem, it's a tech problem, I can't solve. Also I'm trying to find a solution on Google, and apparently there is none, on the web because this topic is on top of the list. – EdgarPE Jan 10 '13 at 9:34
@EdgarPE - My post shows how to find it free version! – Dave Jan 10 '13 at 9:54
  1. Download Greenshot and install it.

  2. Open the Preferences from the icon in the notification area.

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  3. Enable Use interactive window capture mode.

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Now, when you want to capture the contents of a window, press Alt+PrtScr and you'll get the option to select which window you want to capture.

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Its a freeware :) – avirk Jan 10 '13 at 13:45

For Windows Vista (except Basic), Windows7 and Windows 8 you have the built in Snipping tool to do this. That is a really good tool for screenshots.

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The OP says XP though. – Dave Jan 10 '13 at 9:28
Thanks, but I need it on XP too. – EdgarPE Jan 10 '13 at 9:28
You have to define the area you want to capture, rather than just using a single click to capture the entire window. – ChrisF Jan 10 '13 at 9:29

You will need a third party tool. ZapGrab does this for you.

However, if this doesn't meet your requirements, I suggest a Google search for a phrase similar to "screen capture tools" or "screen capture tools XP" as this will give you plenty of options. You could even add the word "free" into the phrase.

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Well thanks, but I need a free or open source tool. – EdgarPE Jan 10 '13 at 9:28
Well, you never stated this in your OP - I think you need to edit your question and make it clear -1 – Dave Jan 10 '13 at 9:29

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