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  • My Favorite Internet Tool: Screen Grab

    Screengrab is a Firefox extension that captures screenshots, but its true functionality for me is that I can save an entire page, no matter how long it is. I use Screengrab for financial uses all the time. I started about five years ago by saving copies of receipts and payment confirmation for online purchases, as well as the confirmation pages of my online banking activities. This saves me ink, paper and time, because I don’t have to print any confirmations.

    Recently, I decided it was time to fully switch to paperless statements, so I began saving copies of bank and investment statements. If the documents are provided as a pdf, then they’re very easy to save. But last night, for example, I discovered that my credit union statement was in MHTML format, which as far as I could tell was not a format that actually saved a copy of the document. So I simply used Screengrab to save a copy of the entire page.

    One last tip: As you make the transition to being paperless, remember to back up your files on one or two other drives.

    And a side note: I use a program called Snagit for partial captures. Certain versions of Windows Vista come with a similar handy program called Snipping Tool.