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One of my most used keys is the Print Screen key. Yes I know, there are various programs out there that allow you to do all sorts of neat things with screen captures. What I'm referring to is the bare bones functionality of Windows along with Outlook 2003 and other Office products.
What happens when you press the Print Screen key? You save a "snapshot" of your screen saved to the clipboard. You can now paste that snapshot into any Office product by positioning your cursor at the position where you want to place the snapshot, then Ctrl + V to paste. Its that simple.
There is also an advanced function for the Print Screen key and that is to capture just the "active window". Press Alt + Print Screen.
Do you need to visually explain a process to someone? Perform your Print Screen or Alt + Print Screen function. Open up a new email in Outlook. You must be using HTML email for this function to work. Now, position your cursor where you want the image to appear, Ctrl + V to paste, done.
I'll send emails throughout the day to various team members. Those emails may contain snapshots of various visuals I provide to explain a process, provide an instruction, etc. I'll write some copy, do an Alt + Print Screen then Ctrl + V and paste the capture into the html email message. I may end up with a few paragraphs of copy with an equal number of snapshots. I'll minimize the active windows (the captures) to the point where the scrollbars disappear so that I am sending just the area being referenced. I keep the width the same for clean formatting and adjust heights when needed.
The above process works with all Office products.
What are some of your Productivity Tips that help streamline your everyday routines?
1680 wide by 1050 high pixel resolution is nifty right? Rotate that the other way and make it 1680 high, and suddenly the ability to view text docs is significantly enhanced. I run three monitors with two in the wide format and one in the middle rotated to the tall format. The middle one with my email and text editor up all the time is my fav.
There are several commercial utils on the market that will rotate your screen.
Tip 2: Remote viewing from ultra or real vnc.
It is the ultimate sync system. View your desktop from any computer in the world. People complain about keeping email in sync - and some even stoop to lowly ;-) online web email to solve it. With realvnc or ultraVnc setup (both freeware open source), you are always working with "the real deal" and never have to worry about syncing your email...
Tip 3: another hardware one.
Take a screw driver and pry the caps lock key off all your keyboards. What a time saver that turns out to be. In 25+ years of computing, I have never needed to intentionaly press the caps lock key. (if you are feeling frisky/risky, you might pop off that windows logo key while you are at it). If you keep the windows key, it has one (and only one), good use - windows-D to show your desktop. You know, like pressing the desktop icon on the quick launch bar...
/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
Have a look through the list and see if any are useful to you. The RAW thumbnail viewer is invaluable to me, and I find TweakUI, Image Resizer and the Virtual Desktop Manager all pretty useful.
[edited by: bill at 1:41 pm (utc) on Mar. 22, 2007]
[edit reason] fair use [/edit]
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