Screen Capture

Use the screen capture function to take what is on the screen and place it in a file. This function is useful for preparing pictures for computer manuals, discussing software problems with companies' support staff, and anything else where a picture of what's on the screen is worth 1,000 words.

Pressing [PrintScreen] in Windows will already capture the screen for you, at least in a basic way. It places the resulting "screenshot" in the Windows Clipboard. If you instead press [Alt+PrintScreen] then only the current window will be saved. Zoner Photo Studio can save the current contents of the screen directly to a file, or open them in the Editor. You can even capture the mouse cursor, which a normal screenshot will not achieve.

To turn screen capture mode on and off, use Acquire | Via Screen Capture… in the Browser. Before the mode actually turns on, you will come to a window where you can adjust screen capture settings.
When screen capture mode is active, a special icon is shown in the Windows system tray (at the bottom left of the screen, next to the clock). Right-clicking on this icon will exit screen capture mode, or resume screen capture mode if you have paused it.

Screen Capture Mode

The Capture whole screen using PrintScrn option to capture the whole screen. Use Capture active window using PrintScrn to capture only the window of the program that is "active" within Windows.

(That is, the one you are "working with" at a given moment — it will generally have a brightened title bar.) A window can include many subwindows and toolbars. For example, even the Window taskbar includes the Start button, some toolbars, buttons for running programs, etc. You can capture these independently if desired.

The Capture highlighted window using left-click option, you can narrow down your screen capture to a single window or a single part of a single window. Everything that will not be captured is dimmed. The part that will be captured looks normal (and thus is "highlighted" in comparison). During this screen capture type, pressing [Esc] temporarily turns off the dimming, which you can then turn back on by pressing [PrintScreen]. The screen capture itself is performed by left-clicking. The right mouse button, meanwhile, is reserved for showing a menu with options relative to the mode. Use the last option, Capture window under cursor using PrintScrn to capture windows or parts of windows without viewing highlighting of them while you are preparing to take the screenshot.

In practice, the [PrintScreen] key may be marked PrintScrn, Prnt Scrn, Prt Scr, Prt Sc, etc.


Use the Open Picture in Editor command to immediately open the screen capture in a new Editor tab. Use Save Picture to Disk to choose or create a folder to save to, and then select a format and save the picture. The way the folder is filled in depends on your setting here—Default to folder used last time automatically fills in the last folder you used; Default to currently active folder fills in the folder shown in the Browser. You can also have the program Open folder when finished. To individually name files before saving them, use the Always ask for filename option. To let the program name them, use Name files automatically. The automatic filenames consist of a prefix of your choice and a customizable counter. You can set the first number in the counter (Start), how many numbers to go up by each time (Step), and a minimum number of digits to force with leading zeros if necessary (Digits).

To capture the screen at regular intervals, use Time-lapse screen capture and enter the Interval under Interval. To exit time-lapse screen capture mode, press [Esc] and to renew it, press [PrintScreen]. During it, an animated icon appears in the Windows system tray.


You can choose whether not to Include the mouse cursor. Use the Include window shadow option to capture the shadows that show around windows in when you have support for this active in Windows Vista or Window 7. Force solid background color eliminates any window transparency (and shadow, outside of Windows XP), replacing it with a forced background color of your choice. This is only supported on Windows XP and Windows Vista. You may have tried at some time to capture a window and found that noisy bits of the surroundings annoyingly showed through in the transparent corners or in Vista's new shadows. This option is the solution to that.