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Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature?

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Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? lraiche 12/4/08 11:47 AM
I just downloaded the new version and it seems to be malfunctioning.  There is a constant bubble popping up on the rightside of the screen that says "screenshot saved  Click to view" I do not want screenshots, how do I stop this feature?  Thanks!
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Anthony 12/4/08 11:49 AM
Is your PrintScrn button sticky? 
Could you try restarting your system?
*scratching his head wondering what this could possibly be*
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Alexander 12/4/08 12:18 PM
I've read a similar report in the german help group. The computer was free from viruses or malware according to the author of the post.

I cannot imagine how Picasa could be the cause for this because it only watches if a screen capture appears in the clipboard...

Could it be some third party screen capture helper software?
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Boucher.Joe 12/6/08 10:21 AM
I had the same problem. Annoying as all hell and I was going to have to try and downgrade to Picasa 2. It turned out that I indeed had a sticky PrintScreen key. I was able to disable the key using KeyTweak (http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/) and the problem was solved.

But it would be *much* better if I could just disable Picasa from constantly monitoring the clipboard - anyone know how to do that??
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? nyctreeman 12/6/08 10:27 AM
Thank God I just figured out how to disable Picasa 3 from doing my screen grabs automatically.

In Picasa at the top of the page, select tools, then configure photo viewer, and then select "Don't Use Picasa Photo Viewer"

That stops it, and you will still be able to use Picasa under your own conditions
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? nyctreeman 12/6/08 10:28 AM
with no help from google by the way :P
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Rhubarb 12/7/08 8:14 PM
Selecting "Don't Use Picasa Photo Viewer" didn't disable Picasa's screen capture feature for me.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? somthngintheway 12/8/08 4:28 AM
Had the same prob with the screen capture.  I just right clicked on the folder and removed it from Picasa.  Seemed to work for me.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? nyctreeman 12/8/08 5:36 AM

somethingintheway

Did that kill it or just stop it the one time?

I mean if you do another screen capture, does the folder come back and/or does Picasa still make the screen capture?

Just curious

Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Azadish 12/13/08 11:27 AM
The screen caps are being saved in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Pictures\Picasa\Screen Captures

I've done all the above and in that folder the file continues to be created, From the folder structure, it looks like it must be Picasa's fault. When I exit Picasa it goes.

Looks like I'm gonna have to downgrade too... Shame, I like the photo viewer (mostly).
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Btsk 12/20/08 12:18 AM
I too had the same problem after installing Picasa3: Continuous non-stop screen capture that couldn't be stopped.  The problem was indeed a stuck printscreen button.  I took off the print screen button, pulled up underlying rubber button to get it out of the way and sprayed the contacts with dvd lens cleaner.  I repeated the spraying a couple more time and then waited for a few minutes before fixing back the plaster print screen button.  That unstuck it and my problem with the non-stop screen capture is no more. I hope this will help those who are experiencing the same irritating problem.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? achin6 12/24/08 2:04 PM
I have a Dell Latitude XT, running XP SP3 and I have the same problem. The problem stops when I press my Fn + PrtScn button combination, but resumes the next time I start Picasa3
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Dolphin 1/2/09 5:49 AM
It's slightly different on my keyboard, the problem with the automatic screenshots occur whenever I hit 'enter' or the arrow keys or the 'home / end / page up / page down' or 'delete', and they appear physically separated from the print screen key, although I do not know what lies underneath the surface. From what ppl are saying should I get my keyboard all cleaned inside and that should fix it? I don't understand what is going on...
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? troyhartenstine 1/2/09 9:57 AM
I have had problems disabling and enabling the screen shot feature and one trick that is not mentioned here:

>>>disable/enable the FILE TYPES in TOOLS, the screen shot feature can be disabled or enabled by selecting or deselecting the file types Picasa will recognize.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Dolphin 1/3/09 3:32 AM
I've disabled the .bmp file types in Tools menu, but the screenshots still get taken and saved into my pictures silently in the background, without the little box popping up to let you know... I can find the .bmp files by searching under My Computer, but the screenshots won't show up inside Picasa 3... I guess I can just periodically delete the folder of Screen Captures, it's kind of like weeding your garden...
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? victoriapairet 1/6/09 9:38 AM
okkk...
Since, I had the same problem, I experimented and found that by right clicking on the folder and chose the option "Remove from Picasa...", it delets the folder and the problem goes away!!!
It works!!!!!
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? rmav 2/10/09 8:28 AM
Hi, "Removing from Picasa" does not seem to eliminate the problem, at least on my system.  It still saves screenshots- the only difference is that you don't see it happening.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? jeffreyklassen 2/21/09 1:11 PM
****Solution****
This is not a solution to the original question but a overall solution to a this problem, I am posting it here because i found this thread while looking for a solution.

Hello, I have found a solution(workaround) I think a lot of people might find useful. It makes it so you can press prnt-screen with picasa open and it will not take any screen shots whats so ever. This allows you to keep picasa open but use prnt-screen for other applications or for its original use.
Please keep in mind these directions are not a perfect step by step and I will not take any responsibility if you lock yourself out of a folder by accident.

If you are a power user its easy, just change the security settings on the "Screen Captures" folder so that nothing can read or write to it. Make sure you are still owner, but that no one can read or write. Now picasa will just ignore it when you take screen shots because it has permission issues.

A bit more detail for XP Pro/Vista Pro
1. Locate the screen shot folder that picasa creates. Something like My Docs\Pictures\Picasa\Screen Captures
2. Right Click on it > Properties >Security Tab
3. Goto Advanced > Then in the permissions tab click Edit.
4. Un-check  the "Include inheritable permissions from this objects parent"
5. A pop up will ask you if you want to do this and if you want to copy or remove the permissions. In this case you want to "remove" them.
6. Apply everything and check that you no longer have access to the folder.

Some info for Xp Home/Vista Home
1. Goto this link on information about how to get a security tab, so you can edit these settings. The easiest is to boot into safemode. http://www.the-pc-guru.com/Get_a_Security_tab_in_XP_Hom.php
2. Follow the directions for xp pro
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? UoGPJF 3/13/09 12:39 PM
Yes that stops Picasa from saving the screenshots, but the original poster complained of "constant" Picasa notifications of screenshot saved.

Most likely, he had the same bug I had in Vista:  Something "hooked" the arrow keys, and is causing a screenshot to replace the clipboard every time an arrow key is pressed.  I never found out what, 'til now.  It was very annoying, because I would Ctrl-C, move the cursor with an arrow key, and Ctrl-V would appear empty (unless the application I was using allowed paste of an image - which was even more annoying: Bang! this big screenshot in the middle of my Word document.)

So now it gets even more interesting:  Having followed jeffreyklassen's excellent advice (I just did a DENY of WRITE to myself on that folder, simple, works), to my joy and surprise, rather than just hiding the problem, it SOLVED it.

That can only leave me with one conclusion: The mystery application that had hooked my arrow keys *WAS PICASA* (or some part of it).  I had looked through my running processes many times, and didn't see Picasa running. Days (and multiple reboots) went by that I didn't run Picasa, but SOMETHING kept replacing my clipboard/copybuffer with screenshots every time I pressed an arrow key. This went on for weeks (months!), with me totally frustrated.  Now that I have disallowed myself Write access to the \Screen Captures\ folder, this disgusting bug is GONE (copy that word, arrow right, and paste) GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE ! (Yay! - Did I mention I was frustrated for a long time?)

So, Picasa developers:  Please look through your code.  What could possibly be running in the background that caused a screen capture to occur every time I pressed an arrow key?  Even when Picasa isn't visible on-screen (or even in the list of processes in Task Manager)?

I kinda went on and on above, but I'm SO HAPPY!  Thank you jeffreyklassen
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? jeffreyklassen 3/13/09 12:57 PM
No Problem, its good to know that it works for both issues and I am glad I could help. From the sounds of it picasa must check the folder for write access before everything else, stopping the process before it attempts to do anything to the clipboard.  I am hoping picasa devs will address this next release with a simple program option to disable the screen shot feature gracefully.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? russren 5/28/09 10:59 PM
If you have XP Pro, change the security tab to deny write permission to the My .../Picasa/screenshots folder.  If you have XP Home, you'll need to add the security tab.  It's located at the link below:

ftp://ftp.dataforce.net/pub/support/WinNT4/Secure/scesp4i.exe

Once you've downloaded this, click on the scesp4i.exe file and extract it to a certain folder you define.  Then enter that folder and right click on the setup information file to bring up the pop up menu.  Click "Install".  Once install is complete, then you'll need to reboot.

Locate the "screenshots" folder, right click and WA-LAH!!!  There's the Security tab.  Click "Deny", "Allow", and "Ok".  Picassa can no longer write to this folder.

Note:  If you only disallow Picassa from seeing the "screenshots" folder, you're only keeping Picasa from scanning the images inside of it.  Until you KEEP Picasa from being able to write to the "screenshots" folder, the folder will continue to add screenshots (thousands of them) every time Picasa is running.  

The above steps really work!
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Onion Zwiebel 6/15/09 2:20 AM
It would help if everyone with the screenshot problem would let us know the Picasa version AND build numbers they are using. Click Help > About Picasa. Make sure you're using the latest version of Picasa.

What type of operating system?

For those with the arrow problem, is that key assigned to work as a print screen? If so, does re-configuring your keyboard help?




Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? continuousscreenshot 7/22/09 5:11 AM
@Onion Zwiebel:

I'm on Picasa Version 3.1.0 (Build 71.43, 0) for Windows(r) XP,Windows(r) Vista.  (downloaded direct from google tonight so it has to be the latest)

I have this problem (continuous screenshots) too and there is nothing wrong with my keyboard:  On screen keyboard shows the print screen button is NOT stuck or depressed.  

Also, when Picasa is NOT running and I choose paste while in Word no bitmap image gets pasted in, just whatever text was in the clipboard previously. (Which I believe proves the clipboard doesn't have continuously appearing bitmap screenshots aside from when Picasa is running.)

I have already disabled photo viewer (opted to leave it off when I installed)

Don't know if it's relavant but I upgraded Picasa from version 2 but opted during the install to install into (over top of existing) C:\Program Files\Picasa2

Separate issue(?): When I click Help\Check for Updates Online    as far as I can tell, nothing happens (because I don't get any confirmation dialog to indicate it has or hasn't checked)
Hard disk was accessed briefly but that's it.  Should at least come back after a period of time to indicate "no updates avaiable" or similar.  Or does this imply a problem with my install?
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? heronview 10/4/09 8:26 AM
I just updated my version of Picasa 2 to the latest version and I am seeing the same problem. I have installed version 3 when it first came out almost a year ago and when I experienced the same problem back then and I went back to version 2. At that time I sent a comment to Google about the problem because it asked why I am uninstalling Picasa. I am just amazed that Google has not solved this problem or has not taken it seriously. To write it off as being a stuck key is a cop out especially when I see so many complaints on this issue (I really believe this is a Picasa 3 problem).  I love using Picasa (verison 2) and was looking forward to an updated version. Google please fix this problem.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? wetabax 10/10/09 5:00 PM
I figure out that we have a lot of suspicious programs in Internet. I'd installed two freewares to convert mp3 in wma and mpeg in avi, and after that, Picasa begins to make these screenshots. I asked for a "restore system" a day before I've installed both programs and Picasa is normal again. So, we cannot trust in software nore in antivirus because Avira didn't recognize this, nore Kaspersky, both I put to run and no alert was given. Name of the suspicious programs: AVS Video Converter and FreeConverter MP3 WMA. Bad shit, but I must appreciate Picasa to make me find out these buggy software. (sorry about strange english, but I'm not american).
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? petemill 12/6/09 8:59 AM
This is still happening! Even when Picasa isn't running, every time I press an arrow key, or Pg Up/down a screenshot is in my clipboard! Only way to stop it is, as above, to deny access to picasa's folder!

Picasa v. 3.5.0 (build 79.81, 0) on Windows 7 with a Dell Latitude XT2 (conicidence that one of the responders above had a Dell Latitude XT?)
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? Onion Zwiebel 12/6/09 9:19 AM
petemill, you have closed Picasa 3.5 and you see Picasa-made screencaptures? The instructions say http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=106208   " If Picasa isn't open, screen captures won't be imported."

In Picasa, look in your folder list for a folder called 'Screen Captures' in the 'Projects' section. Do you see screencaptures that were made when Picasa was not on?

How are you denying access to Picasa's folder? What settings did you change?
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? UnoBraveHeart 1/15/10 3:48 PM
Myself and a coworker each have a government provided Dell XT2 running XP Pro SP3 (fully patched) and both had this happen. He didn't realize it was happening until I found the images in the Screen Captures folder while correcting an issue on his XT2. Then a few weeks later I noticed my XT2 capturing screen shots when Picasa 3.5 was loaded. I tried starting the Clipboard service, and its dependencies of Network DDE and Network DDE DSDM, and got Picasa to stop screen captures. But when I disabled those services Picasa was still NOT capturing screen shots and that gave me no confidence that my changes had an effect.

I have also tried reboots, hibernation, standby, etc, and can't replicate the problem. In short, my system is now functioning properly but I can't say what corrected the problem.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? UnoBraveHeart 1/15/10 5:45 PM
Some progress on the XT2 front. I read http://jerz.setonhill.edu/weblog/2009/01/picasa_3_screen_capture_bug/ and did further investigation. Seems if I press Left Shift+Insert on the XT2 (doesn't always work but when it does, you'll know as the mouse cursor start flashing intermittently and the CPU spikes up a bit and stays higher) and then open Picasa, the XT2 will do automatic screen captures. Right Shift+Insert stops the cursor flashing and CPU spike but it takes a FN+PrntScrn combination to make the screen capture stop in Picasa. Very weird.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? bcolmer 2/12/10 11:04 AM
I found this thread looking for something on actually using Picasa to capture screenshots.  I just 'found' this feature by intentionally hitting [ print screen ] to get a screen shot, while Picasa was open.  I love that I can now edit my screenshot in Picasa. Thanks!  Sorry for all the folks with the sticky key issues.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? kfreels 4/15/10 12:38 PM
Dell XT2 here as well. Same problem. Could it have something to do with the digitizer? In case the dev team doesn't know, the Dell XT and XT 2 are tablet PCs.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? computercolin 5/17/10 11:54 AM
Also experiencing the Dell XT 2 screenshot problem. Very odd. osdHotKey ( http://romeosa.com/osdHotkey ) does not indicate that the printscreen key is stuck. Furthermore, when I close Picasa and paste into Paint, I get the same image over and over again (where I would expect the screenshot to change if my computer really were screen capturing every 1 second).

Removing "Screen Captures" from the Picasa folder monitor list DID NOT solve the issue (I just didn't get notifications each time it captured a new image). Changing the file associations settings for Picasa Photo Viewer also did not fix the problem. The "remove  inheritable permissions from this objects parent" trick did work ( http://lifehacker.com/5520271/stop-picasa-from-filling-your-hard-disk-with-unwanted-screenshots )

I'm using Picasa 3.6 Build 105.65
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? stevo2 7/30/10 6:15 AM
This is NOT a sticking key issue, nor is it a permissions issue. Stop wasting your time looking for solutions and stop disabling your windows funtionality. This is a BUG with Picasa, and not a problem with your system in any way. The only "REAL" SOLUTION is to uninstall Picasa until they fix the BUG. After uninstalling Picasa and solving the problem, I still needed a picture editor... So I downloaded the 100% FREE - Paint.net (see link below), and I havent had a single problem yet. http://www.getpaint.net/index.html @Google: How can you sit by idly and let people continue to subject their computers to the potential for this bug to completely fill their hard drives until Windows crashes and renders their system unbootable. The people in this forum are at least savy enough to find this posting and try to limit the eventual outcome of this harmful bug. However, MOST people are not that savy and wont even realize their hard drive is filling up with useless pictures of their desktop until it is too late.
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? grasshoffer 8/16/10 12:52 PM
ya.... evn im facngd same problm..... not only whn picasa is running but evry time..... my mouse arrow keeps on blinking and i cant click any where ....only on pressing some key it stops but again starts and when i open picasa it starts taking scrnshots....even when booting xp i face this.... during scandsk it automatically gets aborted as if sm ones pressing the key.... i ve diasabled picsa photo viewr ... lemme see
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? rambaut 9/13/10 3:53 AM
There appear to me to be 2 issues here:

1. Picasa automatically generating screenshots constantly

2. Picasa copying a screenshot to the clipboard whenever certain keys are pressed (for example when two arrow keys are pressed simultaneously)

Of these, at least the latter appears to be limited to Dell Tablets.

The former seems to be addressed by the answers above: I didn't originally have the automatic screenshot problem, but when I disabled photo viewer (trying to solve the 2nd issue) it started and I was able to stop it by removing the folder or deny permissions to it. However, I still have the second problem that screenshots get copied to the clipboard whenever I press two arrow keys (this only happens when the laptop is open and its keyboard is used, not on an external keyboard and screen. Does any one have any other solutions to this problem (will try reverting to earlier version of Picasa in the meantime).

Thanks
Re: Screenshots constantly saving--how do I stop this feature? rambaut 9/13/10 4:09 AM
Quick update: I've uninstalled Picasa and I still get the 2nd problem relating to screenshots being taken every time I use two arrow keys at hte same time (eg going diagonally down and right in excel). So think it's a Dell Tablet problem....
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