If you want to make a screenshot by using the print key on your keyboard you have to paste the copied screen to an image manipulation program like Gimp or Paint.net, and save it after you have pasted it in the program's interface. Would not it be much easier if a tap on the print key immediately performs one of the following operations: a) copy to clipboard (default behavior) b) sent to printer and print the screenshot or c) automatically save the screenshot to your hard drive.
Purrint is one of those tremendously useful freeware applications that increase productivity. You have to configure it after you have downloaded and unpacked it on your system. Since it is portable, you can run it right away from the location you have extracted it to.
You are free to select a default action when you press the print key, and Purrint makes it easy to perform more than one of the three included actions. You can for instance opt-in to save the screenshot to a file and print it at the same time.
Files will be saved either as bmp, jpg, gif or png - you will have to specify a location, the format and the name of the file (a number is added so that nothing gets overwritten). Purrint sits in your system tray and can be configured from there. If you want to use it all of the time you will have to move it into your autostart folder.
Update: The developer has made available a version that is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. When you run the program you will notice that it automatically minimized itself to the system tray. A right-click and the selection of options displays the actions menu. Here you can select one or multiple of the following actions that you want the program to perform when you tap on the print key.
Each screenshot is displayed in a preview window by default so that you can redo it if it does not meet your requirements. If you select one or multiple of the actions, the prompt is no longer displayed.
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