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Vista Home Basic .rar files & snip tool


Inserted Coin
Vista Home Basic snip/snipping tool

Only heard about snip or snipping tool recently
Would be handy & save time editing screen captures
but not included or available to Home Basic users

Also like to know how to deal with .rar files
- they work same as zip now, dunno' why they wouldn't before :headscratch:

Cheers :)
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Pinball Wizard
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The snip/snipping tool is only a convenience tool.
Everything that it does can already be done either using the standard Windows Paint or use GIMP,
and GIMP does a lot more.


Free-form Snip: The Windows Paint > Free Select Tool (looks like a Starfish)
does this. Then Right-Click the area that you surrounded > choose Copy.
Then Paste. You might want to resize a File > New canvas to smaller than the copy size before Pasting. Windows Paint is at Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint, or should be.

Use the GIMP Free Select Tool. Looks like a Lasso.
Click around the part of the picture that you want to snip.
Complete the snip by clicking around the part that you want and then when you get back to the first dot, then click on it to complete the snip. An edit box will form around the area and you can Right-Click on it and Edit > Copy the area. Then Right-Click > choose Edit > Paste, or, in an area that you have previously circled with one of the Edit Select boxes, you can also use Paste Into (the selected area).

Rectangular Snip: Use the Windows Paint Select Tool (Rectangle) to surround an area of a picture that you have opened in Windows Paint.
Left-Click and Drag the Mouse Cursor to do so. Then Right-Click the area that you have surrounded and choose Copy. Then click File > New.
A blank canvas appears. Resize it to smaller than your copy image by dragging the center borders where the dots are. The cursor will change to two-way arrows when you are on the right spots.
Then Paste the Copy. Making the canvas smaller is so that the Copy is not surrounded by empty canvas.
In GIMP do the same with the Rectangular Selection Tool, but instead of resizing the canvas, in GIMP Right-Click > choose Edit > Paste as > New Image.

Window Snip: This is used to take a screenshot of a specific window instead of copying the entire desktop screen. They call it the window that has the Focus. It is the window on top that is in use.
Press and Hold the ALT key while pressing the Print Screen key.
Then in Paint click Edit > Paste. You might want to resize the canvas smaller before Pasting the copy.
In GIMP, after taking the ALT-Print Screen screenshot,
click File > Create > From Clipboard.
The Clipboard is a system function and it stores anything that you copy, text or screenshot. GIMP also has a File > Create > Screenshot that might also be useful.

Full-screen Snip: Press the Print Screen key. Do not press the ALT key when you do. Then Paste or Create > From Clipboard.

GIMP also has extra snip tools which use shape of area, and others use the color of an area to surround it. You can Right-Click on an area > choose Select > By Color.
The Mouse Cursor changes to a Color Selector Tool. Click on the area by color to outline it as an edit area, then Right-Click and Edit > Copy (or do whatever you want to do with the area, add lights, add a gradient, etc.
In GIMP you will want to check the Toolbox controls for each tool like Select Color and, if it's there, set the Threshold to 0 (Zero), else you will get a rough outline in the copy paste. The higher the Threshold number, the rougher. You might also want to turn off any GIMP Antialiasing controls for a tool, if there, for the same reason.
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Pinball Wizard
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And the .rar files are Winrar compressed files.
Winrar is a private third-party company Shareware, so it is, or was, not free to use, though they are generous in allowing private use without payment.
They would appreciate our respect though, as the Winrar screen states every time I use it.

I don't know if Microsoft is now licensing Winrar, but I know that if you have 7-Zip (free program: open source) installed, it can open Winrar compressed files.
On Vista it might also be because Microsoft began including built-in Unzip for WinZip files with XP, so between that and the existence of 7 Zip, it is a tough time for third-party file zip companies who cannot compete as well.


I tend to use Gimp2 to for my screen captures
it is free and handles Rar.files too as well as other compression styles
you can also compress at different rates too
Gimp2 uses your default 'prnt scrn' key once installed
bypassing any windows 'prnt scrn' capture programming
it also give one the choice of how you want the screen saved
either the whole screen or parts of it
and did I mention it is freeware?


Inserted Coin
Ended up getting 7-Zip only yesterday, with no prob's
Many complaints out there about it being bundled with malware ...
I think those people got their's from third parties
rather than the source
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