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Apr 4, 2021 - 7:09:19 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

There are a zillion interesting things you can with devices nowadays. I don't go looking for them randomly, and really don't have too many in my bag of tricks.
Here one thing I would like to do. ..
I work often in remote locations for days and weeks at a time. And often the process of getting on the internet is slow and weak. So I am often taking a pic of my laptop computer screen with my phone, then texting the pic to my client.
My windows 7 laptop has a phone number.
What I would like to do is: copy a portion of the screen with a snipit type type tool , then text it. Without logging into internet. Can this be done? Thx, brad

Apr 4, 2021 - 7:27:13 AM

2274 posts since 3/29/2008

I haven't had a thorough look into this, but just as a suggestion... If you have windows 10, then under "apps", there is one called "Your phone". I've never used it, but it looks like you can essentially set up your phone to work with your PC. It could well be the case that you must have internet to send an SMS from it, but it might be worth looking into.

Apr 4, 2021 - 7:35:13 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

Thanks,Ed. I hope to be upgrading to w10 sooner than later with a new solid state hd. My backup laptop is already upgraded to W10, but it's rarely out of the box.
Trouble is, my phone is crapping out, and I am spoiled to high dollar mobile phones. And what I plan to buy is no exception.

Apr 4, 2021 - 7:51:26 AM

10062 posts since 8/22/2006

Your lap top has a phone number. You should be able to text from your laptop. Save a screen shot on your laptop. Store it in your photo album or create a seperate folder. Then text that file(photo) to your phone.

Have you investigated using blue tooth?

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 04/04/2021 07:58:37

Apr 4, 2021 - 8:09:11 AM

2274 posts since 3/29/2008

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Thanks,Ed. I hope to be upgrading to w10 sooner than later with a new solid state hd. My backup laptop is already upgraded to W10, but it's rarely out of the box.
Trouble is, my phone is crapping out, and I am spoiled to high dollar mobile phones. And what I plan to buy is no exception.


Yeah fair enough! There's probably something similar with older versions of windows. It shouldn't be hard to find info about it online with a quick google search. 

Apr 4, 2021 - 8:59:03 AM

Brian T

Canada

18065 posts since 6/5/2008

Get the solid state HD. This laptop runs Win10 and performance was becoming more and more inconsistent. Took it in for a work-over. New solid HD is 5X faster than the very best of old times.
I used to sit and wait for things to happen, now, the computer waits for me!
Can't turn my back. Everything executed and waiting for me.

Apr 4, 2021 - 9:03:04 AM

2274 posts since 3/29/2008

Agreed Brian... even without the massively increased running speed of the SSD, the fact that it boots your PC in seconds is unbelievably useful.

Apr 4, 2021 - 9:18:52 AM

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rinemb
You can transfer a file (a screen grab or anything else) from your computer to your phone via USB or Bluetooth without the computer being connected to the internet. Or - even easier - use your phone as a hotspot internet connection for your laptop.

Edited by - AndrewD on 04/04/2021 09:20:46

Apr 4, 2021 - 9:54:59 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

I have a separate hot spot. I can't leave it on due to data limitations, and I pay for a bunch. It's a time issue, connectivity quality. Yet most times I can text, even with pics. Taking a pic of screen with my phone too often results in poor rez. But quick. Time is money out there.

Apr 4, 2021 - 9:59:30 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

I do have bluetooth on the computer and my phone.
To further complicate, I worry about client replying by text to my computer, and I would miss it .
So what I need to accomplish fast and with decent rez is to get a clean screen capture, and get that to my phone, and then text that screen shot to client,,,fast.

Apr 4, 2021 - 10:01:30 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

Hmmm,just thinking. If I could text pic to client from computer text app, and include my phone number as a group text, then when client replies, it would go to my phone and my computer, eh.

Apr 4, 2021 - 10:12:13 AM

2274 posts since 3/29/2008

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Hmmm,just thinking. If I could text pic to client from computer text app, and include my phone number as a group text, then when client replies, it would go to my phone and my computer, eh.


That's the idea I guess. Ideally you want your computer to behave like a massive phone which is synced to your actual phone. I'm sure that's possible.

Apr 4, 2021 - 10:55:55 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Edthebanjo
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

Hmmm,just thinking. If I could text pic to client from computer text app, and include my phone number as a group text, then when client replies, it would go to my phone and my computer, eh.


That's the idea I guess. Ideally you want your computer to behave like a massive phone which is synced to your actual phone. I'm sure that's possible.


Yep. If you can sync email , ought to be a way to sync texts. 

Apr 4, 2021 - 1:28:16 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11139 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

There are a zillion interesting things you can with devices nowadays. I don't go looking for them randomly, and really don't have too many in my bag of tricks.
Here one thing I would like to do. ..
I work often in remote locations for days and weeks at a time. And often the process of getting on the internet is slow and weak. So I am often taking a pic of my laptop computer screen with my phone, then texting the pic to my client.
My windows 7 laptop has a phone number.
What I would like to do is: copy a portion of the screen with a snipit type type tool , then text it. Without logging into internet. Can this be done? Thx, brad


Win 7 has a snipping tool buiilt in. It should show up in programs. If not type in the 'search' box "snipping tool" and it should come up.

Apr 6, 2021 - 11:46:14 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

After a lot of googing and youtubing, I tried out the app,"Pushbullet." This an interesting app, you load on your phone device then your computer or other devices. Lets you share files and messages, and do it from your computer. But, still have to be online., for the bluetoothing and syncing.
So, I don't accomplish everything I want, but better since I can "snipit" the screen image and drop that into a message and text it. seems many folks would rather use texting than emailing lately. I think you can also get to files on computer with your phone, and many other interesting features. You can set what notifications you want mirrored as well.
Brad

Apr 6, 2021 - 1:01:13 PM

dow

USA

79 posts since 6/24/2018

Okay, try this:

  1. Plug your phone into your laptop (USB to micro-usb or usb-c or whatever your phone uses).
  2. Take a screenshot of what you want to send to the client.  The snipping tool works like a dream (if you can't find a shortcut to it then the path should be " C:\Windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe ").
  3. Save the snip to your phone via the usb cable.
  4. Text the client and attach the snip.

Edited by - dow on 04/06/2021 13:02:17

Apr 6, 2021 - 4:13:56 PM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

Interesting . Hardwire technique, who'd had thought. I will give that a try. Thx

Apr 8, 2021 - 7:58:18 AM
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rinemb

USA

13273 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by dow

Okay, try this:

  1. Plug your phone into your laptop (USB to micro-usb or usb-c or whatever your phone uses).
  2. Take a screenshot of what you want to send to the client.  The snipping tool works like a dream (if you can't find a shortcut to it then the path should be " C:\Windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe ").
  3. Save the snip to your phone via the usb cable.
  4. Text the client and attach the snip.

 


I plugged my phone to my computer via a usb cable.  My phone showed up as a drive on my computer, but the snipit would not let me save the snip to the phone.  not fully tried to figure out why yet.  Brad

Apr 8, 2021 - 9:21:02 AM
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dow

USA

79 posts since 6/24/2018

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I plugged my phone to my computer via a usb cable.  My phone showed up as a drive on my computer, but the snipit would not let me save the snip to the phone.  not fully tried to figure out why yet.  Brad


If you're using an android phone, when you plug the phone into the pc, you should get a message on the phone asking if you want to allow access to the phone data.  After you grant access, you should be able to copy or save the snip to the phone.  I used the same process in reverse to get the screenshot that shows the permission query moved from my phone to my pc.


Edited by - dow on 04/08/2021 09:21:47

Apr 8, 2021 - 9:41:21 AM

conic

England

887 posts since 2/15/2014

on your laptop you can press keys " Alt Gr and PrtScrn", this will copy whatever is on your screen to your laptops clipboard, then you can open Paint in windows and just press buttons "Ctrl and V" this pastes your copied screen then save it as a JPG file or crop it first if you want. Then as Dow mentioned using the usb lead drag it to you phone and whatsApp it

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