Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

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pjetson
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Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by pjetson »

I write software manuals, and I frequently have to capture screens for the manuals. My workflow is that I capture a screen, paste it into a viewer/editor program, make some minor adjustments like cropping, then copy and paste into my document.

Is it possible to do this in XnView? I can't seem to find any way to paste an image into XnView - it appears that XnView can only open files.

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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by deborajeanpierre »

Hello
Yes, it's possible to paste a screen capture into XnView. Here's how you can do it:
1. Take a screen capture using your preferred method. For example, you can press the "PrtScn" key on your keyboard to capture the entire screen, or use a tool like Snipping Tool to capture a specific area.
2. Open XnView and go to "Edit" -> "Paste" or press "Ctrl+V" on your keyboard. This will paste the screen capture into XnView.
3. You can then use the editing tools in XnView to crop or adjust the image as needed.
4. Once you're finished editing the image, go to "File" -> "Save As" or press "Ctrl+S" on your keyboard to save the image to your preferred format and location.
Note that when you paste a screen capture into XnView, it will be saved as a temporary file in the XnView folder. If you want to keep the image for future use, make sure to save it using the "Save As" option.
pjetson
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by pjetson »

Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, Paste is greyed out (disabled) in the Edit menu.
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by cday »

Could you confirm that you are using XnView Classic and not XnView MP, a common source of confusion?
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

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You are correct, it's MP. Have I downloaded the wrong version?
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by pjetson »

I have uninstalled MP and installed XnView. Paste is now active in the Edit menu, but it (and ctrl-V) doesn't seem to do anything. Do I need to have a particular screen or part of the program open to paste into?
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by cday »

XnView MP is now the preferred application as it is under active development and has a number of advantages, depending on the use case. The screen capture instructions you were given were evidently for XnView Classic, which I no longer use.

I use XnView MP in Linux where screen capture may work differently: when I press Print Screen in Linux Mint Cinnamon I am invited to save the image created as a file, which I can then open in the normal way.

Using XnView MP in Windows, in the absence of any other advice, I think you should look at Tools > Capture... in the viewer/editor, which can probably be used to create a screenshot directly.

In the file browser Edit menu there is also an option Import clipboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V, which is grayed out for me in Linux.
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Re: Can I paste a screen capture into XnView?

Post by captaincavern »

In XnView Classic:

If no image or browser is already opened, use menu: File > Import Clipboard
Otherwise, use menu: Edit > Import Clipboard

You can also start XnView with a -clipaste argument (in a shortcut or batch file for example). If there is image data in the clipboard, XnView will display it.