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My Mac desktop is locked up

My desktop screen looks normal and the cursor is working, but when I click on an icon to open an application, nothing happens. I have done a hard shut down twice, but still get the same behavior. I don't know what else to do.

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Print Screen in Mac OS X
Unlike Windows, there is no print screen button on the Apple keyboard. Depending on what you want to capture, you can choose one of the following methods to simulate a print screen.
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