I was going to write a different blog post today, about the inconsistencies across the user interfaces in Windows. I'll write that one later, maybe tomorrow. But to demonstrate the inconsistencies, I wanted to take a screenshot of some programs. That's when I learned a terrible lesson in Windows:
PrtScr is retarded.
Under Linux, when I hit PrtScr, I was immediately prompted to save the screenshot to a file. Very easy, very immediate. I knew that PrtScr was doing something.
In Windows, I figured it would work the same way. So I hit PrtScr - but nothing happened. Didn't matter how many times I tried PrtScr, I got nothing. It wasn't until I did a Google search for Windows XP PrtScr that I realized "print screen" really just saved a copy to the clipboard.
To me, this is just backwards. If I want to take screenshots of different applications under Windows, I have to do them one at a time, then paste them into (for example) Paint. That's just to save the screenshot to a file: PrtScr, open Paint (because I didn't want Paint in my screenshot), paste, save, close Paint. Under Linux, this process was easy: PrtScr, save to file.
Why does Windows make it so hard? I'd rather just hit PrtScr, immediately save the screenshot to a file, and move on.
At least Windows does it the Linux way and allows Alt-PrtScr to copy a screenshot of just the open window. But still no way to directly save a screenshot to a file.