Windows snipping tool

Type “Snipping” in to Windows 7 start bar


Select snipping tool from the list

Snipping Start Menu View

You can now make window screen grabs or freehand screen grabs using this tool.

Snipping Tool View

Taking a screenshot of a drop down menu with the snipping tool

However you get stuck when you want to take a screen shot of a menu item like a right click menu or drop down program menu. In this case the snipping tool can be activated by pressing [CTRL] & [Prnt Scrn] together. This then switches on the screen grab mode of the snipping tool and you can snip away! Obviously you have to launch the Snipping Tool before it will let you active the screen grab with this key shortcut.

Windows 7 users (even XP if you install it from download at Microsoft)

You should look at the Problem Steps Recorder (type “psr” into your start menu). This tool will take a continuous run of screen grabs as you execute a process and at the end you may save them to a zip file. Ideal for use in documentation for a process in an application or computer.

“Disable Script” option greyed out in IE developer tools

I found this problem the other day, debugging a site I set the disable script option on the developer toolbar to check for none JavaScript browser support. Then later I wanted to use other sites as normal but found that all JavaScript was still disabled. Opening the developer tools, the option was greyed out in the developer tools of Internet Explorer thus I was unable to get JavaScript running again in the browser. I asked around the office to find others had seen this but never worked out how to fix it.

Disable script greyed out

I went experimenting, what I discovered was that this option is only available if the current site has trust. Try adding the site into trusted sites or Intranet under I was back in business.

Set the options in Internet Options

Tools>Internet Options>Security>Tusted Sites, Sites button, Add.

internet options

You MUST refresh the page for this to take effect.

The script option is available again. This was even though this site was on our intranet. Thus the automatic detection of Intranet sites in our scenario is not adequate.

Diable script option available

Watch out for directories called “POPUP”

One of our designers made an error today, placing images they wanted to appear in a directory called “POPUP”. We use the JavaScript library Lightbox to give smooth popup images for products in the website, so popup in that sense was appropriate.

The anti-virus solution we have has advertising blocking in it. This software running on the client machines blocked the functionality of the page. Thus making it useless.

After consulting me as to what the problem was, a lesson was learnt.


Don’t use directories names that sound like spam on your websites!