The Windows Print Screen Key
can be a powerful tool if you know how to use it to its full potential. There are some who initially think that when they press the Print Screen Key
that it will literally be sent to the printer! That's okay, we've all been there, done that. Just don't tell anyone! Actually, if you are using DOS, it will be sent to the printer.
The key may appear differently depending on the manufacturer of your Windows keyboard. The standard position would be at the upper right hand corner of your keyboard and may appear within this sequence of keys...
F9 F10 F11 F12 Print Screen
Scroll Lock Pause/Break
The sole function of this key is to take a snapshot or picture of your computer screen and copy it to the clipboard (the clipboard is an invisible holding area for content that is copied). Its the same thing as if you copied something from a document and it is now on your clipboard waiting to be pasted in its final destination. Its that simple. As quoted by Webopedia...
Often abbreviated Prt Scr, the Print Screen
key is a useful key supported on most PCs. In DOS, pressing the Print Screen
key causes the computer to send whatever images and text are currently on the display screen to the printer. Some graphics programs and Windows
, use the Print Screen
key to obtain Screen Captures
Now, how do you get to see those Screen Captures
or maybe even send them to someone? The quickest and most effective method is to have a graphics editing program handy. If that is not an option, you can open your favorite word processing program and create a new document. Position your cursor
at the beginning of the document or wherever you want the screenshot to appear.
Using your keyboard, press Ctrl + V
which will Paste
the screenshot in your open document. Now you can Save
(Ctrl + S
) the document to wherever you wish, make sure to name it appropriately so you can easily find it.
You can now send this file to anyone via email, use it in a presentation, create your own little book of screenshots showing how to perform a specific task, etc. The possibilities are endless.
We use the Windows Print Screen Key
regularly. You probably will too once you get the hang of it!
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