<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/wmHead.png”>Do you ever have the need to take Windows Mobile screenshots? Well I do and I have to do it often. Sometimes I am working at my desk and I can connect my mobile device to my computer and active sync. Then I run MyMobiler and I can take screenshots from there.
But sometimes I am on the run and evaluating new applications on my device. Then I need a Windows Mobile screenshot utility. The best free one I can find is called Shake and Save. Your device needs to have an accelerometer like the Fuze, Touch Pro, Diamond, Tilt2 and other recent devices.
Why do you need an accelerometer you might ask? Well it takes screenshots when you shake your device! Isn’t that cool?
You can grab the download from here. After downloading the cab file you will need to transfer it to your device and run it. You can alternatively download the cab directly to your phone
After you launch the cab file you will see a screen that looks like this:
On this screen you will choose what format you want to save your images as. Select the radio box next to the type you want. I chose PNG as you can see above. Then you need to check the Agree button at the bottom right of the interface. Then you hit the start button at the bottom left.
Now we are ready to take a Windows Mobile screenshot. Let’s say I want to take a screenshot of my home screen which looks like this:
Now that I have the image on the screen that I want to capture, all I have to do is give my device a little shake from left to right. Please be careful that you do not inadvertently throw your device across the room the first time you try this! Your screenshot will have been taken. You will hear a little camera shutter noise if your sound is turned up and then you will see this screen:
If you say yes the application will quit and you are done. If you choose no the application will let you shake the device and capture another screenshot. This will repeat after each shake. You can grab any screen on the device.
When you are finished shaking your device you will want to see your screenshots. The images are saved to the root of your device in a directory called \ShakeAndSave and the images are named ScreenShot1.png (if you choose png) and so on. You can see a shot of the directory structure below:
And then clicking on the folder will show us our images:
Clicking on it will display it, but you can also copy, email or do whatever you have to do with it.
Do you have another favorite freeware Windows Mobile screen capture utility? If so we would love to hear about it in the comments! Happy shaking everyone.