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ScreenCapture Utility

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A utility to capture a portion of the screen
Sample Image - ScreenCapture.jpg


I needed a screen capture utility and was tired of the 30 day evaluation versions of commercial products, so I decided to develop one. This article presents the result.

I have used pure C# code, no unmanaged code at all.

My Requirements

  1. To enable capture of a selectable rectangle on the screen
  2. To support all major image formats
  3. Need to be simple and intuitive


  1. Run the application.
  2. Press the capture button. Now ScreenCapture will disappear and you will get a dimmed image of the screen.
  3. Move the cursor to the top left corner of the screen area you want to capture and press the left mouse button.
  4. Move the curser to the right bottom corner of the screen area you need to capture and release the left mouse button. During this operation, a selection area will be seen.
  5. Now the captured area is displayed in the ScreenCapture.
  6. You can save it to file by pressing the Save button.
  7. You can change the way the image is displayed by selecting a different mode in the toolbar ComboBox.


The screen capturing utility was easy to write!


  • 2nd June, 2006: Initial post


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Generalnice job Pin
spiralarchitect19-Oct-07 12:27
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GeneralManual Drawing Pin
MatrixCoder7-Jan-07 10:52
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GeneralRe: Manual Drawing Pin
Yoramo15-Jan-07 22:38
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GeneralExports JPGs only Pin
WilBu6-Jun-06 12:46
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GeneralRe: Exports JPGs only Pin
Yoramo7-Jun-06 4:55
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GeneralI love it [modified] Pin
ryanoc3332-Jun-06 8:26
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GeneralRe: I love it [modified] Pin
Yoramo2-Jun-06 10:47
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GeneralRe: I love it [modified] Pin
ryanoc3332-Jun-06 11:02
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GeneralRe: I love it [modified] Pin
Yoramo2-Jun-06 12:38
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QuestionI'm spoiled Pin
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AnswerRe: I'm spoiled Pin
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