Is there a way to do a screenshot of the composer in QGIS?

I am regularly doing maps in a rush to insert in reports or presentation and it could save time if I would not have to save them and then import them in the report/presentation.

In addition it would allow not to store plenty of draft maps.

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If doing composer / export as image is too long, you can always use a tool like Snipping Tool with a fixed size.

From experience, I found it is worth to take the extra time to record every image embedded in any document, along with the parameters used to generate them, as someone inevitably ask, months later, to make a simple modification that takes forever when starting from scratch again.

  • Lots of options for this. I personally use Cropper. cropper.codeplex.com Copies to clipboard or file. Nov 28, 2017 at 14:14
  • Press PnSc Button on keyboard, paste and crop the image
    – nagib
    Nov 28, 2017 at 17:46
  • Thank you for your answers, however I forget to mention I don't want to use the snipping tool or any other screenshot method as it is creating pixellised images (Snipping tool is limited to what is visible on one's screen). Sorry for having been unclear. My idea was more to get a printscreen with 1:1 composer rendering quality. One good example of adjustable snipping tool is the option "take a snapshot" available in Adobe pdf reader (one can select more than what is visible on screen). Nov 29, 2017 at 4:34
  • Isn't that exactly what happens when you export as an image?
    – csk
    Nov 30, 2017 at 19:20
  • Yes it is, but as I mentioned above I would like to avoid saving draft images on my computer and also do the long process of exporting image / going to the folder / opening image / copying / inserting in the report or the presentation I an working on. If someone think about creating a " take a snapshot" option with QGIS I would be interested. Dec 1, 2017 at 1:06

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