Monday, January 7, 2008

How to create a screenshots of modal dialogs in Windows Vista!

This is one that was bugging the hell out of me. I've been using Windows Vista for a while now and have been trying to keep the User Account Control on, but slowly tweak it so that it is usable. One of the problems I kept running into was that certain User Account Control dialogs were globally modal and prevented me from getting screenshots. The only thing they allowed you to do was click "Allow" or "Cancel." I couldn't find anything online to resolve this and even the Windows Vista Snipping Tool wouldn't work. Ultimately, I found my answer in the security options for User Account Control:
  1. Open the Start - Run menu and type secpol.msc.
  2. Navigate to Security Settings - Local Policies - Security Options.
  3. Disable "User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation."
  4. Voila! You can now use PrtScn and Alt+PrtScn or the Windows Vista Snipping Tool like before.

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