I've had computers since 1998. Thanks to a message board I sometimes peek in on, I've realized for some time it was somehow possible to take a screenshot... a picture of whatever you're looking at on your computer monitor. I never saw a need for it, so I hadn't tried to figure it out.
In the previous entry, I wanted to use a picture of the weather forecast on a local station. I turned the flash off on my digital camera, took a picture of the screen, and used that for the entry. Then I cropped so that only the 7-day forecast showed and put it on Flickr. First attempt was too big and stretched my journal out so much it had to be scrolled across. So I re-sized it and tried again.
Then I recalled reading about screenshots and did some googling.
Did you know, over on the upper right-hand section of your keyboard, that there's a key that says "print screen"? Yeah! That copies whatever you are seeing on the screen. My next problem was where to put what I had copied so I could edit the picture to size. Back to my google information: Did you know there's a program on your computer called "paint"? I didn't. Well, after you take your screen shot, you go to Start, then accessories, and click on paint. Click on "edit" on the top of that window, and choose "paste". And there it is, the picture you took of what's on your screen! I was so excited. To see the information I googled, click HERE. That probably explains it better than I've done.
And here is the screenshot I took:
Then I cropped it with my photo-editing program to show only the weather:
Now isn't that a better picture than the one in the previous entry?
I'll bet a lot of my readers are thinking, "I've known that forever; what's the big deal?"
Well, I'm confined to the house by my recovering knee and the weather, so this little episode might be the highlight of my day. Humor me.