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Solutions: Turn current screen into your monitor background

Is there a way to convert a prtscreen image to a desktop background? I like to take prtscreen pictures of scenes in my computer games and convert them to desktop backgrounds. My program is Windows XP.

Yes. When the picture you want is displaying on your screen, press and hold the ctrl and the prt sc (Print Screen) keys. This will put whatever is on your monitor into your paste buffer.

Note that every keyboard is different and the print key may be labeled a little differently. If you just want to capture the current active window, as opposed to the entire monitor display, press the alt key in place of the ctrl key.

Now go to Start, Run and type MSPAINT and click OK. This will start Microsoft Paint. It comes with every version of Windows. From the menu click Edit, Paste. You'll now have the picture visible in the MSPAINT program. You can edit the picture with any of the available tools on the left if needed. When you're ready to save it click File, Save As. Give it a name and save it as either a .BMP or .JPG type and remember where you're storing it.

Exit out of MSPAINT and then right-click any empty space on your Desktop and choose Properties, and then click the Desktop tab. Click the Browse button and navigate to your newly created picture file and select it.

I had a corrupted hard drive on my computer, which I replaced. I left the corrupted drive in place and made it the "D" drive. I've been able to recover many of my documents by copying them from D and pasting them to C drive. Will leaving the bad drive "D" in my computer cause problems? Is there any way I can logically remove the D drive without physically removing it?

No, it won't cause any other problems if it is left unused. You could use CHKDSK (either from a prompt or graphically by right-clicking the drive in File Explorer, Properties, Tools tab, Error Checking), which can attempt to recover and/or mark unusable the bad sectors, but my experience has been once a disk drive develops bad sectors it will keep progressing. With storage so inexpensive today, it's not worth the trouble or risk.

Now to logically remove it from your system: click Start, Run type COMPMGMT.MSC and click OK. This will open the Computer Management window. Under Storage, click Disk Management to reveal your physical and logical discs on the right hand side. Right-click the D drive representation and select Delete.

Solutions: Turn current screen into your monitor background 10/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 7:34am]
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