September 18, 2014

Take Better Screenshots of Semi-Transparent Windows

Screen Capture in Aero Windows

Print-Screen Limitations

Since XP, program windows have had rounded corners and, if you have enabled Aero in Windows 7 or Vista, the window will also have transparent glass-like borders as shown the screenshot above.

If you are using the regular print screen key or any of other screen capture tools, they may not be able to capture these “rounded corners” and second, the background wallpaper will also become visible since the captured window is translucent.

Regular vs. Enhanced Screen Capture

Normal Screen Capture Semi-Transparent Screen Capture

7capture is a free screen capture software for Windows 7, Vista and XP that can easily fix both these problems. The software can not only capture rounded corners of windows but it will also hide the desktop background* from the screenshots.

You can then export your screen captures as a semi-transparent PNG or any of the other popular image formats. 7capture is a free for both personal and commercial use.

The software is available for XP, Vista and Windows 7 but the downside is that 7Capture won’t capture the drop-shadows (see workaround) and there’s no option to capture a portion of any window. Thanks Abhishek.

[*] You can create a fake white background by placing an empty notepad window in maximized state just below the screen that you are capturing.

Take Better Screenshots of Semi-Transparent Windows

Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.

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