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How to Post a Screenshot

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This is a how-to tutorial on for posting screenshots on Internet forums. In this tutorial we use ImageShack.

Capturing your screen

  1. Press and hold Alt while pressing Prt Scrn. You can also press Prnt Scrn to capture the entire screen.
  2. Open Paint or your preferred image editing program. A shortcut to Microsoft Paint can be done by pressing the Windows key + R, then typing mspaint in the Run box.
  3. Paste the image into your graphic editing program. (Ctrl + V or Edit -> Paste)
  4. Click File
  5. Click Save As...
  6. Name your image and click Save. It is recommended to save it as a jpeg/jpg (*.jpg, *.jpeg), gif (*.gif) or png (*.png).

Hosting your image

Go to Imageshack

Click Browse

Browse to the location of the image on your computer.

Click Host it


Image host options

You will now see a list of options.

Click once in the second one.


Getting the BBCode

The line of text will now be highlighted.

Right Click

Click Copy


Inserting BBCode into forum post

Right Click in the forum message box.

Click Paste


Making your post

Click Preview Post below the message box to make sure your image displays correctly. Many forums prefer that users allow the thumbnail of the image to show and when clicked it opens the image in a new window.

If the image shows up properly, click Post New Topic.

Additional Information

There are other image hosting services available. To see some of these, please view our Online Services list.

If you are in need of a program other than Microsoft Paint to edit your screenshot(s), please view our Freeware list.

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