Newsletter Archives

  • How to take screenshots in Windows 11

    WINDOWS 11

    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    The ability to take a screenshot in Windows can come in handy, both for personal and professional reasons.

    Maybe you’re documenting a certain process. Perhaps you need to share an image of an error message. Or maybe you’re making certain changes in Windows and want to capture the before and after. I take screenshots to supply images for the articles I write.

    Whatever the reason, Windows 11 (and 10) provides several methods to take a screenshot of an app or window.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.08.0, 2023-02-20).

  • Getting everything you care about into OneNote


    Mary Branscombe

    By Mary Branscombe

    OneNote becomes increasingly useful as you put more and more of your information into it, and there are many other ways to do that besides typing or using copy and paste.

    Last time, I looked at why you might want to pull different kinds of information into OneNote. There are lots of tools in OneNote itself for doing that, as well as browser extensions and third-party services that can help.

    You can also do many of these things in the Windows 10 OneNote app, but because that won’t be getting new features, I will discuss only how to do them in the desktop OneNote app.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.50.0, 2022-12-12).

  • Freeware Spotlight — ScreenToGif


    By Deanna McElveen

    Usually, when an app becomes one of my favorites, I just assume everyone else knows about it.

    So there I was, working with Nicke Manarin’s ScreenToGif utility on a simple task: creating instructions for a client on how to change Windows from double-click to single-click. And then it hit me: this handy-but-relatively-unknown app is … article material!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).

  • Freeware Spotlight — A Thousand Words


    By Deanna McElveen

    As we’re all dragged into this new pandemic reality, PC-service clients are going to need remote assistance more than ever.

    Unfortunately, many of those folks are not as computer-savvy as we might wish. So when users run into problems, they might find it difficult to convey what exactly is going awry. In many cases, simple screen shots will illustrate the problem far better than will describing it over the phone.

    The aptly named A Thousand Words (ATW) is a handy screen-capture app from developer Andrew Lambert. The tool is specifically designed to be easy to use — suitable for PC users of any skill. If a problem can be seen on-screen, the machine’s user can launch ATW and follow a simple wizard to quickly grab shots of the fault. The user can then annotate the images and email the shots to a service tech (or the unofficial family IT person).

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.12.0 (2020-03-30).

  • Windows 10 gets better at taking screenshots

    WINDOWS 10

    By Lance Whitney

    Starting with Windows 10 1809, the legacy screen-capture Snipping Tool became Snip & Sketch — with great new capabilities.

    Ages ago, most of us downloaded third-party screen-capture apps because they were far superior to anything built into Windows. And it’s still true that products such as the paid Snagit and the free/paid PicPick offer extensive screen-capture and manipulation tools you won’t find in Windows.

    But the new, built-in Snip & Sketch is an excellent — and free — option. The app lets you capture an entire screen, any rectangular area, or an area that you draw freeform. And with Win10 Version 1903, you can also capture a specific window.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.28.0 (2019-07-29).