Downloading, Copying and Pasting from the Web

Saving Images from the Internet

Open a web browser, right click directly on the image that you are interested in saving and a menu will appear. Choose Save Picture As.. (or) Save Image As...

Then, you have the option of naming the image and saving it in a place that you can remember on your computer. These images can now be used in documents, PowerPoint slides, other web pages, desktop images, etc.


Copying and Pasting Text from the Internet

Open a web browser, highlight the text that you are interested in saving.

Right Click on the highlighted text and a menu will appear.

Choose Copy on the menu

Go to the document, email, web page editor software that you want to paste the text in. Click on the page to place your cursor in the area that you want the pasted text to appear. Choose Edit > Paste and the text will paste into your work area.


Copy Web Pages Using Internet Explorer and Pasting in Microsoft Word

If you want to save a particular web page, an easy way is to use two different software programs from Microsoft - Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer. First, open the web page in Internet Explorer, then, choose Select All from the Edit menu. When all of the contents of the page are highlighted, choose Edit and Copy.


Open Microsoft Word. In a new document, choose Edit > Paste.


Screen Captures

Screen capture programs allow you to "capture" the image on a computer screen and save it to a file for later use. Most screen capture programs give some variety over what specific elements to capture:

 Entire Screen


A Specific Window


A User-Definable Region


You can even add annotations to the image in a graphics program to enhance the illustration.


Additionally, some screen-capture programs allow the user to record mouse and screen movement that are then saved as digital movies.

Here is a brief SnagIT tutorial. SnagIT is a popular screen capture tool for the PC.

SnagIt is one of the more popular and easy to use software programs for screen captures. Originally this program started off as a screen capture programs, that is to say that it allows you to capture areas of any active screen in any application on your desktop.

Setting Preferences

1. First, setup your preferences in your program by using the following options:

Choose the 'options' menu > Select 'program preferences' >

In the 'hotkeys' tab> select your keys for capturing screens.


In the example above, the hot key is set to use the following keys in sequence:


You can choose to set these to any combination you wish.

2. Using the same menu, choose the 'program options' tab. Select the option, 'Hide SnagIt before capturing'. You should have a check mark there now.

3. Click the 'ok' button to close the program preferences menu.

Selecting Input and Output Formats

These menu options allow you to define the input option for your screen capture. You can choose 'region' is you wish to control the size of the screen you want to capture. 'Fixed region' allows you to capture a predefined rectangle.

In the output area, you can select the output of your screen capture to go to a number of sources such as a file or send to a printer. If you are doing screen captures for the web, and want to save your captured image by default to a gif or jpeg format, choose the 'properties' in the output tab and choose the default file format for your files.

Capturing Screens

Once you have your settings in place, select the image capture option, and use the hotkeys. Your mouse will turn into a hand that holds a rectangle. Hold your mouse down and drag to get the area of the screen that you want to capture. Let go of the mouse when you are done. The program will ask you for a location where you want the file saved.



Download a shareware version

SnagIt Twin Pack by TechSmith
Screen and video capture and conversion utility. Users can capture the screen, a window, a window client area, the last active window, or a region of the screen which you define with your mouse. Images can be saved as BMP, PCX, TIF, GIF or JPEG formats or you can save desktop animation sequences, including video and user interface activities, as AVI files.

For really simple screen-capturing that is built into the PC and Macintosh operating systems, see:

Some Screen Capture Programs for the PC

All Screen 95 Pro by Soft Concepts
Download a shareware version that can be used 100 times:

HyperCam by Hyperionics
Captures the action from your screen and saves it to an AVI movie file. Hypercam works in any graphics mode to capture whatever is displayed on the screen, including cursor movements and sound, and saves it to a standard AVI movie file.
Download a shareware version:

HyperSnap-DX by Hyperionics
HyperSnap has options to capture the entire desktop, an area, the current window, or the current client window. You can save your image as a BMP, GIF, or JPEG file.
Download a shareware version:

Screen Capture Programs for Macintosh

There are also many screen capture programs available for the Mac, Flash-It is one of the most popular ones. One reason for its popularity is its price--it's free. Flash-It is a Control Panel document which means that it needs to be placed in the Control Panels folder located in the Mac's System folder.

Flash-It by Nobu Toge
You can download a free copy of Flash-It from the UH web site at: