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MWSnap is a very handy bit of freeware for Windows. Once you have set it up as shown below (show me in detail), a key stroke will allow you to save whatever you select with the mouse to an image file, ready for inclusion in a post.


MWSnap Settings

  1. Download and install the software from here, at the developer's site.
     
  2. Start MWSnap
     
  3. From the Tools menu choose Settings and you will see the Settings Dialog, select Autostart with Windows by clicking the checkbox

     
  4. Click on the Auto-saving tab, and make the changes indicated below

     
    • check Auto-saving is active
    • select Use this filename (this keeps you from having to name the files)
    • uncheck Auto-add numeric suffix (When you go to insert files, it will always be the same file. If you ever need to preserve each file, then re-check this.)
  5. Click on the Snapping tab, and uncheck Restore MWSnap after snapping

     

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Step-by-Step Setup

  1. Download the software from here, at the developer's site.
     
  2. Choose "Run" in the dialog box that opens:

     
  3. Choose "Run" again, if you get the Windows Security dialog

     
  4. Choose your language for installation

     
  5. Choose the default by clicking "Next"

     
  6. Keep going with the defaults by clicking "Next"

     
  7. Keep going with the defaults by clicking "Next"

     
  8. Now it's installed, continue by clicking "Finish"

     
  9. A Windows Explorer window will open

     
  10. Start MWSnap by double-clicking the icon

     
  11. MWSnap will launch and you will then choose the language for the application:

     
  12. Finally, MWSnap will start and look like this:

     
  13. From the Tools menu choose Settings

     
  14. and you will see the Settings Dialog, select Autostart with Windows by clicking the checkbox

     
  15. Click on the Auto-saving tab, and make the changes indicated below

     
    • check Auto-saving is active
    • select Use this filename (this keeps you from having to name the files)
    • uncheck Auto-add numeric suffix (When you go to insert files, it will always be the same file. If you ever need to preserve each file, then re-check this.)
  16. Click on the Snapping tab, and uncheck Restore MWSnap after snapping

     

Believe it or not, you're done. Although nice reassurance when first using MWSnap, the sounds are easily turned off within the settings dialog as well:

  • Click on the Sounds tab, in the Settingsdialog, and uncheck Sound enabled

     

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    Using MWSnap

    With MWSnap set up as above, you should see it in the System Tray . If you don't see it there, perhaps you closed it, just start it again and minimize it with the "_" button in the upper right of the application window.

    As you work in an application such as Finale, and wish to insert a section in a post, simply type Control-Shift-A (which is the default hot-key to tell MWSnap to let you define the rectangle). A small window will popup on the screen, showing an enlargement of the mouse location. Click with the mouse to set one corner of your image. Click on an opposing corner to complete the selection, which will then be indicated by a dashed rectangle.


    A file over-writing confirmation dialog will pop-up,

    (since we have set up MWSnap to keep writing to the same file), click OK, and your image will be in the directory indicated in the Settings dialog (C:\Program Files\MWSnap if you set it up exactly as described in this page).

    If you then wish to insert the file into a post that you are editing, select Browse from the Edit Post page at FreeJazzInstitute.org, and navigate to the file above and it will be inserted.

    At this point your post should redisplay, with the image appearing in the post


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