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screen shot file size in xp

By bryandavey ·
help please

working in a school and we need the students so do screen shots of their work. on some machines the screen shot is a small file but on others the file size is 4 or 5 MB.

how can i change the image file size of the screen shots

thanks for your help

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by TobiF In reply to screen shot file size in ...

When you make a screen shot, it is initially kept in the computer memory as a bitmap, which can be very large. A typical screen size of 1280*800 contains about 1 million pixels. With one or two bytes for each of the RGB values, you get the kind of sizes you mentioned.

Here are a few things you can do:
<b>1. Don't copy the whole screen, if you only need a certain window.</b>
Just PrtSc will copy the whole screen.
Alt+PrtSc will copy just the currently active window. (very useful to copy, say, a dialog window).

<b>2. Use compressed file formats</b>
1. Open mspaint.exe
2. Make sure the default image size is small. I use 16*16 pixels. (In the menu: Image-Attributes)
3. Paste the screen shot. The image size will automatically expand to fit the pasted picture.
4. Save the screen shot in a compressed format. For photos, jpg is best, and many people use it for general screen shots, as well. But you may get crispier results with gif or png (just keep an eye on the filesize).

Good luck!
Edit: Added list format for clarity.
2nd edit: changed from ol (unsupported here) to ul
3rd: reverted to Manual list.

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thanks for that useful reply

by bryandavey In reply to screen shot file size in ...

that explains my confusion as to why some images are so much bigger than others - we were obviously using alt + print screen without realising the effect on file size

we used to use alt and print screen but recently have been using print screen and trimming the images in picture editor.

i will go back to using alt and print screen

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