Saturday, January 7, 2012

Printing the scripts for a Scratch program

There are several ways to print the scripts for the sprites in a Scratch program:
1.  You can make several screen captures for each sprite using print screen or the snipping tool and paste it in a Word processor document


2.  You can capture the entire script area for each sprite as follows:
  • Right click in the scripts area and choose Save picture of scripts.  
  • Choose a folder and enter a file name to save the picture.
  • Repeat the process for each sprite
  • You can open the .gif files created in this way in an Internet browser, Paint, Picasa or other graphics program or insert the .gif files into a word processor document using the insert image options.
  • This method is a better option than screen captures, since code is sometimes hidden behind the stage when you do screen captures, but you still have to repeat the process for each sprite

3.  You can get a text version of the code using the following steps:
  • Hold down shift and click File on the menu in Scratch
  • Choose Write Project summary
  • Choose a folder and file name to save the text file with scripts for all the sprites in one file.
  • Open the .txt file in Wordpad to get an easy to print version of all scripts in the project as well as other useful information like revision history and summary of sprites and sounds used


  1. The Shift-Click works like a charm!! 10/10
    I did at first open it with Notepad - that was a bad idea it placed all the "coding" in one line. Wordpad works fine.

  2. In case anyone is wondering, tip #3 works in the web version of Scratch. I couldn't tell if this tip was for version 1.4 or 2.0.
    It's very useful to export scripts to a text file if you have to debug large scripts.

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