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What are action outputs?

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Think of each output as a distinct copy of the original screenshot that you would like certain actions performed on. It allows you to prepare multiple sequences of actions that will run independent of each other but all receiving the same original screenshot as a starting point.

Consider the following actions and outputs:

Actions and outputs

Here I have two outputs that I’ve renamed “Original” and “Web copy”.

The “Original” output has a single action that saves the original screenshot captured by Window Clippings to a special folder where I might keep my originals.

The “Web copy” output first adds a unique watermark to the image. It then resizes the image (that includes the watermark) and then copies the result to the clipboard. The altered screenshot can now be pasted into a blogging tool or some other application.

Outputs and actions help you automate much of the tedium around creating screenshots and processing the resulting images.


Written by epsitec

29 November 2010 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hey Kenny,

    Are there any plans to integrate FTP upload?


    Dan Hensby

    10 December 2010 at 4:46 am

    • An FTP action is tentatively planned for the 3.1 release and 3rd party action support will also arrive at that point opening the door for more actions.

      Kenny Kerr

      10 December 2010 at 6:50 am

  2. Hi Kenny
    Is FTP working now? I am considering buying but this is holding me back.


    20 December 2011 at 6:27 am

    • Sorry Josh, I have taken over the source code early in 2011 and I wanted to work on Window Clippings to extend it, but I have still to find time to do that… So no, we don’t have any FTP uploading capability.


      20 December 2011 at 7:28 am

  3. sad times 😦
    it was so so so useful – screenshot + send over IM to colleagues. I run a small web agency (8 people) and we would all use it daily!

    is windows clippings still being maintained generally?



    20 December 2011 at 9:47 am

    • I hope that 2012 will see a few new features.


      21 December 2011 at 12:23 am

  4. Hello Kenny,

    I am not able to use a licensed version of v3.1.131 due to an unhandled exception which I cannot even debug. I am not even able to use the license which was procured by the company IT.



    25 November 2013 at 12:56 am

    • I am not ware of any issues with version 3.1.131. When does your instance of Window Clippings crash? At startup time?



      26 November 2013 at 3:28 am

      • Hello Pierre,
        The issue started when I was not able to use the license provided by my IT team which was procured from Window Clippings. I tried the available methods of activating the license , it did not work.
        Then I went to the Internet tab on the Window Clippings dialog and tried to check with the office proxy whether it was some issue related to the internet settings provided by the IT team in my company.
        The Application started crashing from that point onwards the minute I try to use the Window Clippings dialog , even uninstalling and reinstalling did not help. I tried to debug but couldn’t. I went to the registry settings of the Window Clippings and removed the proxy server entry that was there. It solved the issue of the application crash , though I am still not able to use the license but maybe that’s a separate issue.



        26 November 2013 at 3:39 am

    • It looks like window clippings has fallen out of maintenance and barely any work has happened over the last 3 years.

      I’ve started using sharex which is great, flexible, powerful and free. I highly recommend.


      26 November 2013 at 3:34 am

      • I’m glad you found an alternative that suits your needs. I’d love to spend some hours on Window Clippings, but I am currently running a company which takes about all my time, and the little spare time I get, I prefer to spend with my family…


        13 March 2014 at 3:15 pm

    • It seems to me like Window Clippings isn’t really maintained any more.

      I’ve now started using ShareX (, which is a great utility. Very powerful and versatile – plus it’s free


      26 November 2013 at 4:19 am

      • I’d love to invest some time into Window Clippings in order to add new features. I’m really sorry for all of you who are waiting for improvements; I hope that in 2014, I will be able to make some room for working on Window Clippings. Or else make its sources available on GitHub.


        28 November 2013 at 4:09 am

      • Hensby,

        Thanks for sharing about ShareX. I just bought a WC licence right before reading your comment.
        I was about to regret my purchase until I realized that with all the versatility of ShareX (nearing bloatware) it doesn’t seem to give sufficient options for the actual process of taking a screenshot, specifically in Shadow vs. Transparency.
        In my case, I find that WC’s shadow-less + transparent setting produces a more accurate result.
        I also found other personal preferences that worked in WC but are not applicable in ShareX.
        However, ShareX does seem like it could be useful to me in some rare cases… it’s worth keeping.


        PS: Sorry for going on about a competitor on your blog, Pierre.


        13 March 2014 at 1:12 pm

  5. Immanuel, I see no problem talking about alternatives. There are plenty of them, and WC might well be the smallest member of the family. But it gets the job done.


    13 March 2014 at 3:13 pm

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