200,000 AR Points and how to do a screen shot with Vista!

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Real Estate Agent with Results Realty

I'm sure you are wondering about my strange title.  As I hit 200,000 points on Active Rain Bob Stewart noticed and gave me a call so I could do a screen shot as I went over.  I was so impressed that he noticed.  I know it is one of those things that are hard to keep track of as it often happens in the middle of the night.  I really do love the people on Active Rain both the actual management and the people I meet.  Having a small brokerage it gives me a place to talk to people and trade ideas.   

How I have been able to accumulate so many points I think can be attributed to my consistency.  I regularly make my 10 comments a day and I do about 3 to 4 posts a week.  I wrote a more detailed thank you to Active Rain and testimonial when I was at my one year anniversary but my feelings are still the same.

So back to the screen shot; this should have just been a slam dunk.  As we were talking on the phone I was sitting in front of my computer and tried to do a screen shot. However, I just recently upgraded to Vista (not by my choice for that story click here) and as with everything else I found the way I do screen shots did not work on Vista.  Not being able to do a screen shot was going to bug me until I figured it out so after getting off of the phone with Bob I did a Google search and found an article about doing a screen shot with Vista.   You would not believe HOW EASY it is now to do a screen shot!!  It takes about 1 minute to do a screen shot and save it as a jpg. 

If you have Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise or the Ultimate editions there is a snipping tool available for screen shots.  Now how you know about this is beyond me; all I can say is Thank God for Google searches.

You want to go to the Start Menu and do a search for "snipping".  The snipping tool will come up and you click on it to open it up.  You now click on the arrow buttons and decide if you want a full shot, rectangular shot etc.  I did my AR points with a rectangular shot.  If you aren't happy with how it turned out you just go back up and hit New and you can start over.  When you are finished you just save it as an image file.  Personally I usually save them as jpegs; as it seems to be universally accepted.  Here's my final JPG.  Notice that it has a red border that is a default position so if you want to change the border you need to go to options in the snipping tool and change it.

For a more complete explanation on how to use the snippet tool to make a screen s hot on Vista go to this article that was on About.com.  The article also gives some tips.  For example if you want to retain crisp lines and keep the file size small, save it as a GIF file.  If your screen shot has lots of colors and you want to retain crisp lines and full quality save it as PNG file.  If your screen shots has lot of colors but you want to make the file size small then save it as a JPEG file.

 

 

I have been a reluctant Vista user but I am finding things I like.  I have started a Windows Vista & Office 2007 Group so those of us taking the plunge can learn together. If you are a Vista user or just considering taking the plunge please consider joining us.

 

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
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Congratulations Marchel!!  I really enjoy reading the information you contribute here on AR.  Thank goodness for Google is right!!  Thanks for the information about screen shots...I know that will come in handy once I buy a new laptop. 
May 07, 2008 02:36 AM #31
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
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Nicely done, all the way, Marchel.

Congratulations on reaching 200,000!

May 07, 2008 02:53 PM #32
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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TERI, Just remember you need to leave XP behind because they are not alike at all.  That was one of the biggest problems that I had to begin with.  Now I am getting new habits and it is getting easier.  I still find it a little difficult to find my files; part of that has to do with this being my daughter's computer first.  I keep finding her stuff. I do find them it just takes quite a few clicks.  Maybe someone will come up with a remedy for that.
May 07, 2008 03:23 PM #33
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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PATRICIA, Thanks for stopping by.  I love the long tail with Google; we can find just about anything.  I sure wish your weather was going to be warmer the next few days.  I'm leaving summer temperatures and look at yours and go brrrrrrrrrrr.  My sister's house is at over 6000 feet too so it is usually a little cooler.
May 07, 2008 03:29 PM #34
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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MIKE, Thank you!  Thank you also for your help way back when on my localism post.  I remember looking at yours and liking what I saw and using yours as a guideline for mine. 
May 07, 2008 03:31 PM #35
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
Marchel, Congratulations!  I don't have your consistency and I admire it.  I've also joined your Vista/Offic e2007 group.  I learned something from you today about screenshots.  I've been doing a PrintScreen and then copying it onto PowerPoint then converting it to a JPEG file, then cropping it in a photo editor.  Whew, I'm getting tired just explaining it!  Looking forward to your group.
May 08, 2008 04:56 PM #36
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Marchel Peterson
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GAIL, Thanks!  I know exactly the routine you were going through for a screen shot because I was going throught the same routine.  I have to say that alone brought Vista a step up in my books.  Please post any Vista secrets you have found.  I'm sure there are more that we just don't know about.

May 09, 2008 01:58 AM #37
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Marchel - I just used the "snipping tool" it was so easy to use and will save so much time.  My granddaughter was here and I showed her how to use it. She just got a new laptop with Vista. It is usually the other way around; she is teaching us.

Thank you for the great tip.

May 10, 2008 01:08 PM #38
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Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi Marchel. Thanks for sharing the great tip on Snippet! Keep them coming.

May 10, 2008 01:51 PM #39
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Tracy Santrock
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Congratulations on your well thought out success.  It takes a lot of work to get to 200k points.  I commend you on your success.

May 11, 2008 10:16 AM #40
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

CARL & CEIL, That is great!  I'll bet it was fun being able to show the Grandkids something new on a computer; as it is usually them showing us.

VINCENT, I have just got use to Vista and now have had a quirk and I am back on my old computer for a few days with XP.  I have to say I'm finding that I miss Vista.  Who would have thought!  Hopefully my new computer will be back up and running in the next few days.

TRACY, Thanks so much!!  I often feel like the tortoise but I am a consistent tortoise.

 

May 14, 2008 09:39 AM #41
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Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
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Congrats Marchel and thanks for the tip, I added the snipping tool to my quick launch bar.

May 27, 2008 07:12 AM #42
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Bob, I just realized I never responded to your comment.  I really do love that snipping tool also. 

Jun 03, 2008 04:08 PM #43
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Mary Richards
Reece & Nichols Realtors - Kansas City, MO
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Marchel:  Ooohh!  This is too cool.  I was trying to figure this out this morning and couldn't get it.  I should have known that if I do a search on AR, I'd find the answer.  I just tried this on the county site when looking at an aerial view of a property.  They have disabled the save as picture function as they want you to come to the courthouse and buy a map.  They don't have a way for you to do this on-line.  How inconvenient!  I had already gone to the county and bought the map.  This is mainly an inconvenience from a time standpoint.  I didn't take great care to snip evenly but you can see that the function worked.  Thanks for the tip!  I'll pass this one on.  Farley Road aerial view

Jul 28, 2008 04:59 PM #44
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Mary, that is "too cool" function of Vista.  I know Vista gets a lot of flack but personally I have come to like it.  I use to spend so much time trying to get a screen shot.  This snip it function saves me sooooooooooo many clicks.

Jul 28, 2008 11:32 PM #45
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Frank D'Angelo
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I love the snippet tool and will be utilizing it more on our weekly workshops.  Nice post and congratulations your you point prow.  You are rocking AR and leveraging your material in a wonderful way.  Best of the year to you Mary.

Frank D'Angelo (Minneapolis, MN)

Sep 18, 2008 05:16 AM #46
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

FRANK, I have found a lot of things about Vista to be frustrating so it was HUGE for me to find things like the snippet tool that I have liked.  Vista has gotten easier the more I get use to it though. 

Sep 18, 2008 03:07 PM #47
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Lina Robertson
RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

Marchel - I have been trying to figure out how to do a screenshot forever. I finally came to AR and searched, and your post came up.  Thanks so much for the information!  My frustration is gone!

Oct 18, 2009 04:49 AM #48
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Congratulations! I'm only at 25K...any tips are welcome. I comment regularly & have begun blogging every other day. Any other tips are welcome. Thx.

Oct 19, 2009 10:38 AM #49
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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LINA, I'm so glad that this post helped you with the screenshot.  If you want to take it a step further purchase Snag It.  It is very reasonable and you can do all kinds of things with it like make little circles with words in them.

MICHELLE, If you are writing a post every other day and making at least 10 comments a day you will be at 200,000 before you know it.  When you see contest you might enter also.  I just won my very first contest and will be receiving an additional 3,000 points.  You commented on the post.  It was the on where I talked about my AR point memories. 

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