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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:30 am 
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Hello, I thought I'd post a step-by-step guide as to how you put an image directly into a forum post, and how to get that image to show just what you want it to. The specific actions I will be going through pertain to DFWallace's enquiry about my cropped screenshot in the FireFox Bookmark Bar thread.

1. Press the PrtScrn button on your keyboard. This button sometimes has a dual function and may have additional abbreviations on it, but it's the same thing.

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2. You'll now have an image of your desktop as it appeared when you pressed the PrtScrn button. It should look something like this:

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3. Paste this image into MS Paint. You'll find it amongst your programs list under the Windows or Home button on your toolbar. If it's not immediately visible, simply type "paint" into the searchbar that appears at the bottom of the pop-up and hit ENTER. On Vista and Windows7 this will launch the program right away.

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4. Paste your screenshot into Paint. You can either hit Ctrl and V, or select the Paste button on the toolbar across the top.
a) Once the image is pasted, you'll need to select a different tool to unselect your pasted image, I chose the pencil this time.
b) Now the image is unselected, you can click and drag this little square towards the top-left corner to reduce the size of the paintable area, without altering the image itself (see image 2)

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Your image is now cropped to show the part of the image you want to be seen. Save it under whatever filename you feel appropriate. This concludes the part of the tutorial regarding the capturing of the image; next I will demonstrate how to embed the image into the forum post itself.

1. Now that your file is cropped and saved, you'll need to upload it to an image hosting service. I personally use TinyPic.com as you don't need a login or pay anything ever. As far as I know, images are never deleted from their servers, unless they contain offensive or illegal imagery. You can also upload videos and URLs to TinyPic, but that's not what we're doing this time.

2. Simply hit the Choose File button in your browser. This will open a window in Explorer that allows you to find your image file among your system files. Double click your image and it will be selected for upload.

3. Dont touch the drop-down for resizing options, since Default is good enough for our purposes. Hit the green UPLOAD NOW button, and a pop-up will appear with a Captcha code. Even image hosting services require this check to make sure you're not a robot! Once you've successfully passed the Captcha screen, you'll be redirected to a screen that looks like this:

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4. Click in the yellow box higlighted by the red loop in the image above. This will highlight the entire text in the box without you having to drag your cursor all the way along it. Hit CTRL and C or right-click and select Copy to add the IMG code to your clipboard.

5. Paste the saved code directly into your forum post submission form exactly as it is. When you submit the forum post your image will appear in your post as seen throughout this tutorial. If you're not sure about how it will turn out, select the Preview button next to the Submit button to have a peek at how your post looks.


I hope this tutorial has been helpful. It's a good idea to crop your images anyway, since not everyone has as high a resolution as you, and larger images can require sideways scrolling for people running 1024x768 to see all of it. Larger images also take longer to load and can make forum reading annoying for people with lower resolution displays. They also increase the bandwidth for the whole forum, so try to keep them small, but not so small that they become useless. If in doubt you can always just paste the URL into a forum post and not display the image at all.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:36 am 
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Well posted mate.

I Believe Photobucket and Flickr also offer free space to upload images and link to posts. I know with Flickr you can also set view permissions so no one can browse the image but you can embed it, which can be useful for ban or hack pics etc.


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I'm sorry Shamus, but I took one look at your avatar and almost threw up and couldn't read the rest of your post. I have to compose myself before I do read on. In the meantime I recommend you have a look at this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_7BNmzaIXk

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Ha...Mac you've got issues my boy..Shamus thankyou for the post mate


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Nice work !!

But are we aloud to ?????????

We usually send it to a Board Concelling Senior Admin


An he put it in for you unless if the forum consentemnt agree
that we can use this area ..

Thank for your attention.
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Thanks for tutorial, I will make it an announcement.
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RAW SilverWolf wrote:
Nice work !!

But are we aloud to ?????????

We usually send it to a Board Concelling Senior Admin


An he put it in for you unless if the forum consentemnt agree
that we can use this area ..

Thank for your attention.


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Rekab....thats called.. sarcasm.......lol


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RAW_MacPhisto72 wrote:
I'm sorry Shamus, but I took one look at your avatar and almost threw up


?? I don't get it...
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[RAW] DFWallace wrote:
RAW_MacPhisto72 wrote:
I'm sorry Shamus, but I took one look at your avatar and almost threw up


?? I don't get it...


Mac posted at a time when my avatar was the emblem of Arsenal Football Club (it's a soccer team in UK)


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A question, Does anyone know how to take a screen shot of just one (1) of their multi monitor set up ? everytime i get the screenprint of all monitors Hmm any ideas would be helpfull.
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DeadFish wrote:
A question, Does anyone know how to take a screen shot of just one (1) of their multi monitor set up ? everytime i get the screenprint of all monitors Hmm any ideas would be helpfull.


Not sure about just one screen, but Ctrl+Alt+PrintScreen will just take a copy of the selected window.


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DeadFish, ever thought of just pasting it into Paint, then cropping out the other monitor? You'd have to crop the image anyway. I have two monitors too, so I know it's not that hard to do (a 24" and a 22")


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I do the crop thing,ive looked in display fusion settings, i guess the world may never no.
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