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How to use the Prt Scr (Print Screen) button.

On every computer keyboard there is a Print Screen button. The basic functionality of this key is to capture the snap-shot/screen-shot of the current screen you are viewing on your monitor and save it as an image file. Once you click this button the screen image is captured and stored in the computer's memory (clipboard). Then you can use the Ctrl + V buttons together to paste it into any image processing software such as Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop or any other Office applications such as Word, Excel or Powerpoint. Once you paste it into any of these applications you can save it and then use the image later for any purpose.

Here are the steps to use the print screen feature.
1) When you have the part you want captured from your monitor exactly as it looks, look for the Prt Scr or Print Screen button on your keyboard and press it once.
2) Now navigate to Microsoft Paint: Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint
3) Once Paint is open simply press the Ctrl + V keys in combination to paste the screen shot, or you can go Edit>Paste to do the same.
4) You can now, resize it, modify it if required and save it under any name you want for later retrieval.


NOTE: If you have opened more than one windows in the screen and you want to capture the snap shot of just the active window and not the entire screen, then press the Alt key while pressing the Prt Scr button. This will capture the image of the active window only
Now that you have mastered the art of print screen you can use this to capture error messages in applications for you to use when in need of tech support.

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On previoius Dell products ALT-PRNT SCREEN used to capture the active window this does not seem to be an option on the E4310. How do I capture an active window?


Check if you have to press the fn (function) key on your laptop before pressing Print Screen, you can tell if they are both the same blue color.

When you press ALT+Print Screen, you only capture the active window, when you click print screen you capture the entire screen. Then you will have to press CTRL+V on your keyboard to paste into paint. If you have windows Vista, you can capture screen shots much more easily using the Snipping Tool included with Vista.


Here's a How to guide to refresh: (Ref: http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/general/ht/winscreenshot.htm )
  1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. It may be labeled [PrtScn].
  2. Open an image editing program, such as Microsoft Paint.
  3. Go to the Edit menu and choose Paste.
  4. If prompted to enlarge the image, choose Yes.
  5. Optional: Use your image editor's crop tool to crop out unnecessary portions of the screen shot.
  6. Go to the File Menu and choose Save As.
  7. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the image.
  8. Type a file name for the image.
  9. Select a file type.
  10. Click the Save button.
Tips:
  1. Hold the Alt key down while pressing Print Screen to capture only the active window.
  2. Generally the GIF format works best when saving screen shots of application windows. The JPEG format usually makes screen shots (especially those with text) blurry, blotchy and discolored.
  3. See related resources below for more screen shot tips and listings of screen capture software that offers many more options for capturing screens and portions of screens on Windows and Macintosh computers.
  4. The Windows "clipboard" is a term used to describe the temporary storage space in memory where an item is placed when you copy or cut. When you paste, the item is transferred to the program you're working in. If you copy something else, the old item is replaced with the new. You can't manipulate the clipboard directly; it's only used for copy and paste operations.
Good Luck

Jun 06, 2011 | Dell Latitude E4310 Laptop Computer (Intel...

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Please tell me how to Print screen on a Microsoft ARC keyboard. There is a print screen above the Home button in blue but NO function button?


Actually there is no separate PrtScn key on the Arc keyboard. The print screen is a Function key combo.

Fn + Home

To capture the active window only it is Alt + Fn + Home

Apr 04, 2011 | Microsoft DA900013 Keyboard

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how do i print screen on my acer laptop? i see the PrtSc button but it isnt working


It's NOT really straightforward, but is doable.
Here's How:
  1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. It may be labeled [PrtScn].
  2. Open an image editing program, such as Microsoft Paint.
  3. Go to the Edit menu and choose Paste.
  4. If prompted to enlarge the image, choose Yes.
  5. Optional: Use your image editor's crop tool to crop out unnecessary portions of the screen shot.
  6. Go to the File Menu and choose Save As.
  7. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the image.
  8. Type a file name for the image.
  9. Select a file type.
  10. Click the Save button.
Tips:
  1. Hold the Alt key down while pressing Print Screen to capture only the active window.
  2. Generally the GIF format works best when saving screen shots of application windows. The JPEG format usually makes screen shots (especially those with text) blurry, blotchy and discolored.
Yes - the PrintScreen button is really mis-named.

You can find programs that do a far better job of capture screen images. Like this one.. http://www.etrusoft.com/

Nov 30, 2010 | Acer 91.63X07.001 Keyboard

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I cannot get the print screen function to work. I have no FN button or FN lock button to which everyone is referring. I have 3 different keyboards and none have these buttons. I have a Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000 Model 1066 with Windows XP SP3. Please help.


I don't think that the print screen key actually sends the current screen to the printer to print out. It used to do this way back when. What it does do though is capture the screen, which you can then paste into something like MS Paint or Photoshop or even MS Word. If you press just the "Print Screen" key on it's own, no function keys or shift or anything else, it will capture the entire screen. If you hold down the "Alt" key then press the "Print Screen" key, it will capture whatever window you have in focus at that point. So to capture just an error box message for example, you click in it with the mouse to make sure it's the active window (not grayed out title bar) then hold "Alt" press "Print Screen" then release the "Alt" key. You can then paste that into an image or word document by right clicking the mouse and selecting paste, or by holding down the "Ctrl" key and pressing V.

I hope this is what you were wanting to figure out when you were talking about the print screen key, and hopefully this will have helped you and cleared up a few things. :-)

Alex Devlin

Aug 25, 2010 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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print screen key


shift print screen takes a snap shot of the current screen which you can view in word or word pad


hope this helped

Jan 06, 2009 | E-Machines AAFQ50400000K0 Keyboard

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