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How to 'screen shot' an entire thread?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by plato, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. plato

    plato softie

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    How do you take a screen shot or capture an entire thread?

    The thread could be 10 replies long.
     
  2. sdakota

    sdakota senior member

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    Plato:

    If you want to just save the text and don't care about the graphics and layout etc. you can use copy and paste.

    Click on "edit" (in Internet Explorer's menu bar) then "select all".

    Click on "edit" again and then "copy".

    This should put all the text into the Windows clipboard.

    You can then open Notepad and select "edit" then "paste".

    You may have to clean it up a little to make it easily readable.

    You would need to repeat this process if the thread goes into multiple pages.

    If you want actual screen prints, you'll have to hit your "print scrn" key, then do a paste into the Window's Paint program, then save to a file. You'll need to repeat this for each screen full you want to save.

    I hope this helps, but if not, try to be philosophical about it. ;f

    PS> IMHO your tagline is from the best song on the best album by one of the best bands ever ! I got to see them in concert and it was incredible !
     

  3. ronin_asano

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    wouldn't it be easier to hit the 'printable' version button at the bottom of the thread? i think that gives you a mostly plain text view of the entire thread, one page at a time.

    you'll still have to cut and paste each page for an electronic copy, but the absence of the grahpics won't pontentially screw up your alignment and word wrap.

    and, of course, you could always print it out.
     
  4. sdakota

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    Oh yeah - the "printable" version does result in a much cleaner file that needs practically no cleanup !

    Thanks, ronin_asano !
     
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    Get Adobe Acrobat Professional and it will allow you to save an entire web page to a PDF file.
     
  6. IndyGunFreak

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    How I always do it... This will capture everything on the current page, in its exact format, and save it to an archive on your hard drive.

    Open IE to the page you want to save
    File
    Save as
    In the file type, change to ".mht"
    Name the file
    Save


    This is how I save any thread of importance, and it seems to always work for me. Note, if a thread is 2 or 3 pages long, you'll need to save it for each page.

    IGF
     
  7. Alpha752

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    Also, as long as you dont want an image file, you could select all, copy, and then to into Micro**** Word. There is a paste special function. Click on HTML, and it SHOULD keep the formatting pretty well.
     
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    Good suggestion if you wanted to lay down the cash for Acrbat Pro. Here is a cheaper way.

    1. Open the thread in your favorite browser. (Firefox)
    2. Copy the URL that is at the top in the address bar.
    3. Open the HTML editor in Open Office Org (Free download)
    4. Paste the URL in the address bar at the top of the page. Wait for the page to fully load.
    5. Export it as a PDF file and name it what ever you would like.


    Like the file attached here.
     
  9. lomfs24

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    Or if you are using Linux you can just print to a PDF from your browser.
     
  10. plato

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    Great tips here, thanks people!


    This worked GREAT, what I wanted.

    BUT... I want to host 'screen shots' of different threads on the net with it's own URL.
     
  11. Dead Man's Hand

    Dead Man's Hand No Way to Win

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