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Capture Screenshots From Windows Media Player · 08/02/2004 06:36 PM, Tech

From the ultra-cool WinXPNews...

Turns out that it’s pretty hard to screencap an image in WMP. You have to turn off the video performance enhancements…

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. Click the Tools menu and then click Options.
  3. Click the Performance tab. On the Performance tab, drag the slider bar to the None side in the Video acceleration frame.
  4. Click Apply and then click OK.
  5. Open the video file and play it. Pause where you want to take the screenshot. Now use the ALT+PrtScn keyboard combo. Open Microsoft Paint (or your favorite graphics program) and paste the screenshot in using the CTRL+V keyboard combination.

Remember to set the acceleration back to high when you’re finished, because your video performance won’t be as good if you leave it at None. (And thanks to WinXPNews for this great info!)

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