However, a common one that I've come across is: How do I get the random.org box showing the winner onto my blog? An excellent question, really. Because if you've ever tried to just right-click and save the box directly off of their site, you know that it just doesn't work. So, how is it done?
It's called a screenshot and the steps that I take each week on my PC are as follows (at first glance this seems long but it really only takes a minute after you know what you're doing):
1. Open up random.org, key in your total number of entries and hit Generate. This gives you that lucky comment number that will correspond with the winner.
2. With this window open, locate the Print Screen button on your keyboard as this is what will take a screenshot. For me, it is found in the upper right, above the number keypad and is designated by prt sc.
However, notice that this is also the Home key, so in order for the computer to know that I want to use the print screen option, I need to use the function key. This is found in the lower left of my keyboard, next to the control and windows keys, and is designated with the letters fn.
(On a side note, everyone's keyboard is going to be different depending on if you have a laptop or desktop, the brand, the year, etc. Just search around a little bit for that Print Screen button and you should be able to find it. You may not even need the Function key depending on if the Print Screen key has multiple uses or not or maybe for your computer the Control key is what is needed. Just try a few different things and I'm sure it will work for you!)
3. While holding down the function key, press the print screen button once and then let them both go. This is the point when you're thinking that you've done something wrong, as nothing happened. But, never fear! The computer has taken the screenshot, now it just needs you to put it somewhere - think of it in terms that you just copied the screen and now you need to paste it.
4. I use Microsoft Paint, as it is quick and easy and came on my computer but you can use whatever program you're most comfortable with for editing pictures. So, open up a new window in Paint and paste your screenshot right in (either select Paste from the Edit drop-down menu or press Ctrl + V) and the image of the entire random.org page will appear.
5. Just as if you were cropping a photograph, remove all of the background and excess from your picture until you are left with just the actual box showing the winning number.
6. Save your image, return to your blog and then simply upload it to your winners post just like you would with any photograph. Voila!
Updated: For a Mac, which I haven't used in a million years, I've been informed that you click on Command, Shift and 4. When the crosshairs appear on your screen, adjust them onto the object you want to take a picture of and draw a box using the outline that shows up. When you unclick your mouse, the image will be saved automatically right on your desktop. Easy! (Thanks Jenna and Anne!)
As well as posting my random.org boxes each week, I use the screenshot method all the time in my review posts as well. For some companies, you are able to right-click on an image and choose "Save Image As..." to download a picture of the product you are highlighting on your blog or maybe others that particular company also offers.
However, for many other companies, they don't allow you to download pictures off of their website and when you right-click, nothing happens. My solution is always to use a screenshot and it tends to work great every time.
What do you think? Did I forget anything? I hope this helps - but feel free to leave a comment or send me an email, I'd love to hear from you!