Use the option buttons to capture from your Whole screen – all monitors, Whole screen – current monitor (monitor where mouse cursor is located !!!), a Foreground window, a Foreground window – Client area (window without caption, menu and status bar) or a Custom region/rectangle area (selected by the mouse after you press the Start button, or hotkey: CTRL + Print).
You can capture with a self-defined hotkey or use the automatic capturing. For automatic capturing set a timer value. The value will be the number of seconds apart the viewer will take “snapshots” of the screen or window. One hotkey is valid for the duration of current IrfanView session.
If you want to see the mouse cursor in your screenshot image, check Include mouse cursor option.
You can display each captured image in the main window of IrfanView or you can save it directly to disk.
If you use Save captured image as file, you can set:
• Filename for images. You can set a fixed name, or use some time stamp patterns. Default is: capture_%d%m%Y_%H%M%S. This will generate a file name with a system time stamp, like “capture_29112005_123620″. %d = day, %m = month, %Y = year, %H = hour, %M = minute, %S = second.
• Save as box lets you choose which image format will be used to store the screens on your disk drive. Click the arrow and select one of the formats to change from the default JPG. The Options button brings up another dialog box with special options for certain file types. (Info: PNG is a very good format for most screenshots.)
Click Start to start capturing or Cancel to exit.
After start, the IrfanView window is minimized. Now use the defined hotkey (if hotkey capturing used) to capture any foreground/activated window or desktop. You can make several shots using the hotkey.