See what the user sees

Follow these steps to capture a user's screen to help troubleshoot problems.

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John Kohan


Sometimes the best tips are simple. During a recent support call, the technician I was working with showed me a great way to capture a user's screen. Not only can you capture the person's Telnet session, but you also get everything that is running in the Windows task bar and system tray.

To capture the person's screen, take the following steps:

  1. Select the active window you wish to capture.
  2. Press the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard.
  3. Start Windows Paint ("Start", "Run", "MSPaint")
  4. Hold down the "Shift" key and press "Insert"
  5. If a pop-up box is displayed, select "Yes"

This is a simple way to see what the user sees, which will help during the problem analysis.

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About the author: John Kohan is a senior programmer analyst at CT Codeworks.

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    • To capture a user's screen , just follow the three simple steps:

      1. Select the active window you wish to capture.
      2. Press the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard.
      3. Open a new Word Document in MS-Word and Press "Ctrl + V ". xc

      You have captured the screen.

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This was first published in November 2002

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