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How to Take a Screenshot of a Windows Screensaver

Posted on 23 April, 2012  in Tips and Tricks

When I posted my OpenGL Globe ScreenSaver I wanted to include a screenshot which lead to the question, “How do you take a screenshot of a running screensaver?” Well, Windows will let you capture screenshots by using the Prnt Scrn key (or Alt + Prnt Scrn to capture the active window). However, when the screensaver is running, as soon as you touch a key or move the mouse, poof! The screensaver is gone.

The trick is: open the display properties (right click the desktop and select properties in Windows XP, Personalize Desktop in Windows 7 I think), switch to the Screensaver settings and select preview. This will run the screensaver in preview mode. In this mode, you can press Prnt Scrn without deactivating the screensaver. Once you’ve captured your screenshot, move the mouse or press some other key to exit the preview, open up mspaint and paste your screenshot from the clipboard. Enjoy!

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One Thought on“How to Take a Screenshot of a Windows Screensaver

  1. Ficus strangulensis

    I found y’r posting when I looked for how to capture a screenshot of my running screensaver. I know about running it in preview mode but is there a way to capture a screenshot of the normally running screensaver?




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