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.

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    Any reason you can't use mspaint to crop/resize/change formats?
    – MaQleod
    Commented Sep 8, 2011 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
    Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 20:23

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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.


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.

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