Can I capture an image of my computer screen using Jing?

2014-08-08 00:01

Jing is software that can do a number of things, including capturing brief videos or graphics from your screen. To get it, go to and download the free version of Jing. (Jing Pro has more features and costs about $15, but the free version will work for what is needed for this document.)

By default, once installed, Jing will launch each time you start your computer. If you’d like to have it available on-demand, you can use MSCONFIG (in Windows) to not have it launch on startup. (See our separate document on using MSCONFIG.)

Capturing the image

  1. Have the graphic you want to capture fully displayed on the screen, and hover over the yellow “Jing ball” at the top of your screen. 
  2. The cursor crosshairs icon will appear on the left; click on it.
  3. Start at one corner of the item, click and hold down and drag to the opposite corner to highlight that area of the screen. 
  4. Click the left-most icon that looks like a slide or monitor in the tools menu below your highlighted picture.
  5. You will then be shown the screen below. Click on the floppy disk icon below the image to save it.
  6. You will be prompted for the file name and location to be stored as you would with any other Windows save process. Select a logical name and location. Your file will be saved as a .png (image) file.

NOTE: You can cancel from the process at any time by pressing the “Esc” key or clicking the circle with the X in it.

Reviewed/Revised 7/8/13


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