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How-To Guide: Taking Screenshots and Posting Images

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How-To Guide: Taking Screenshots & Posting Images

Capture the screenshot to your clipboard:

  • Mac OS -> press [Shift]+[Apple Key]+[3] to capture the entire screen, or [Shift]+[Apple Key]+[4] and click and drag what you'd like to capture.
  • Windows -> Press [Print screen] to capture the entire Desktop or [Alt]+[Print Screen] to capture the active window.
  • For some laptops, press [FN] + [Insert] to capture the screen.
  • Open a graphics program such as MS Paint, Paint.NET or IrfanView.
  • Paste the image.
  • Crop/resize the image to the smallest portion you need to post.
  • Save it as an image file to your hard drive.
  • Upload your file to an imaging host.


Upload sites with free access that require registration

  • PhotoBucket
    File Types: bmp, jpg, gif, swf
    Max Image Size: 800 X 600
    Storage: 1 GB
    Bandwith: 10 GB/month
  • Sighost.com
    Account: Free (branded) and Member
    File Types: jpg, gif, png
    Max Image Size: 128KB & 640x480
    Storage: 256KB
    Bandwith: 100MB/month
    Note: Images gets the label "Hosted by http://www.sighost.com at the lower-right part.
    The 60 days trial has no labeled images but it consists of 2 months hosting - 1 month of access.
  • VillagePhotos
    File Types: bmp, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, swf, psd, tif, tiff
    Max Image Size: 250KB
    Storage: 10 MB
    Bandwith: N/A


Upload sites with free access that do not require registration:

  • ImageShack
    File Types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tif, tiff, swf
    Max Image Size: 1.5 MB
  • TinyPic.com (a Photobucket Video and Image Hosting company)
    File Types: bmp, jpg, gif, png, tif
    Max Image Size: 250KB

Note: When the image is done uploading, be sure to save the link it gives you! Some hosts will have the link with IMG tags ready to just grab.

  • Copy the link generated by the host site.
  • Paste the link into your post content with img tags surrounding it like this:
  • To make your image a clickable link use the following code:
  • Preview your post to ensure the image appears properly.
  • Submit your post.


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