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Last week, as I was shopping on the Internet, I saw a shirt that I thought would be really great for my Dad’s birthday. Before ordering the shirt, I ran it by my Mom, just in case she had any other recommendations. So how did I get my Mom’s feedback? Usually, I just send her a link to the Web site and ask her to take a look. Recently, instead of sending her a link, I have been using the new Screenshot feature in Outlook 2010.
When I’m writing my e-mail message to my Mom, I go to the Insert tab, click the Screenshot icon, and then click Screen Clipping.
I use my mouse pointer to select the shirt and the price,
which is then automatically added into my message.
I can also resize the picture, and then send it to my Mom.
By using the Screenshot feature, I have been saving my Mom from doing extra work because she doesn’t have to open a link to see the shirt that I was looking at on the Web site. I’ve also found this handy when I’m trying to explain to my Mom how to do something on the Internet. Instead of describing on the phone what I’m seeing, I can easily take step-by-step screenshots of the current Web site that I’m browsing and then send the screenshots to her using Outlook 2010.
If you have already used Screenshots in your messages, let us know how by leaving a comment!
Jenny Liu Outlook Program Manager
I'm glad to see this feature in Office 2010. I send multiple screenshots a day to my students and colleagues. Up until now, I have used SnagIt, which works very well. Now, I won't have to use another tool to obtain the screenshot. Thank you for the new feature.
Interesting. I've been utilizing print screen > start > paint > cntrl + v for 15 years. This will definitely change the pace of a few tasks I perform on a daily basis. Good job Microsoft, keep listening to your customers, one day, I won't call you microshaft.
This is so generic functionality and there are so many freewares are available that can do this. And, what I dont understand is why is specially highlighted in our official blog. I would like to see sub task functionality and such which are blog worthy.
I love this feature! Simple and useful. The only bad part is that I don't think I would have ever found this if it weren't for this blog because it's such a tiny button in the Illustrations chunk if you don't have the mail note maximized.
Hurra, no more copy/paste to mspaint!
This is NOT a generic funtionality...did you actually look at it? When you click the button it has precaptured all of the windows on your computer. I always use the built in "Snipping Tool" from Windows 7 but this just saves me some clicks, great job MS!!
If they add additional functionality like adding arrows, highlight or text on that screen clipping would be amazing, then I woulnd't have to have a different program that does that.
@Harsha, are you kidding? Please do NOT discourage this blog from articulating feature level news, just because it is not news to you or you think the news is pedantic. If it's a change to Office (or even not a change, but a highlight of something many people don't know about), then its news we want to hear about. In this specific case it informs the ability to no longer rely on unnecessary third party shareware (sometimes spamware). In short, thanks for the post! I've been using Office 2010 since the beta and did not know this was there!
I agree with Jesus Araujo: If they add additional functionality like adding arrows, highlight or text on that screen clipping would be amazing, then I woulnd't have to have a different program that does that.
Sadly, it doesn't work with text only mails. :-(
This sould work the same as onenote and put the URL into the message, so I always clipe to onenote and then copy into outlook. It also means I keep a record of all my clippings in my notbook.
I have been using Prt Sc long before 2010. Although it is great the feature is enhanced. Can I add it on my 2007 version?
Thanks for pointing this out - I hadn't noticed that little blip in the ribbon - after trying it, I also liked the screenshot option which captures the active programs on the machine - now when office 2010 is rolled out, hopefully I won't have users sending huge screenshots of the full screen in a word document showing a tiny dialog box in the middle.
For documentation purposes I like to use screenshotcaptor - their donationcoder product has good editing capabilities including options to automatically border screenshots.
It would be my guess that this is the Clipping Function that already exists in One Note 2007 - if you have it, try it - or see if Windows S will do the screen shot for you...
I do screen shots all the time. I used to use Snag It. But now I actually just use the screen clipping tool of OneNote (windows key + S). Quite handy!