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Hot To Do A Screen Shot | Using The Prt Scr Key | Print Screen How-To

Creating a screenshot, or shot of your screen is done by using your print screen key. Early on I wondered how folks captured the images on their computer screen, now I put the how-to in writing for ya! Read on to find out how to capture your monitor's image.

Introduction To The Prt Scr Key

What's all the fuss anyway?

Print screen (often abbreviated Prt Scr, Print Scrn, Prt Scn, Prt Sc or Prnt Scrn) is a key present on most keyboards, typically situated in the same section as the break key and scroll lock key. Print screen is shared with system request. Under earlier command-line based operating systems, this caused the contents of the current screen memory buffer to be copied to the standard printer port, usually LPT1. In essence, whatever was currently on the screen when the key was pressed was printed.

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How to do a print screen these days.

Newer-generation operating systems using a graphical interface tend to copy a bitmap image of the current screen to their clipboard or comparable storage area, which can be inserted into documents as a screenshot. Some shells allow modification of the exact behavior using keys such as control.

In Microsoft Windows, pressing print screen will capture the entire screen, while pressing the alt key in combination with print screen will capture the currently selected window. The captured image can then be pasted into an editing program such as a word processor, email, or graphics software. Pressing print screen, with both the alt key and shift key depressed, turns on a high contrast mode for people with visual impairments.

In GNOME and KDE desktop environments Print Screen behavior is similar to that of Microsoft Windows by default. However, a window will additionally pop up, prompting to save the screenshot to a file (in the PNG format by default).

Macintosh computers use the key sequence command-shift-3 for this functionality. The image is saved to a file on disk, unless additional modifiers are pressed. To capture only a selected area of the screen, use command-shift-4.

On RISC OS Computers, the Print Screen key opens up the print dialogue box, similar to pressing 'Ctrl+P' in Microsoft Windows, or 'Command+P' in Macintosh.

On modern day laptops, the 'fn' key, which is located to the left of the alt key, will, when held down, activate the 'print screen' command (as well as all the other secondary commands belonging to a key, such as num lock or mute buttons).

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Best answer for how to do a prnt screen.

Press the print screen button on your keyboard, then open a program like Microsoft word and then paste the screenprint in.

Alternatively, you can actually purchase some screenprint software that when you press the printscreen button, it actually will trigger a hard copy to print from your printer. That type of software is here:

Credit goes to Yahoo Answers member, brayden

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Andromachi Polychroniou from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece on April 12, 2014:

I didn't know how to use the prtscn at all. So your lens makes me feel very grateful. Keep up sharing valuable information.

Debbi Craton from Georgia on August 16, 2013:

I always wondered how to do this. Thanks.

wyzeguru on July 29, 2013:

This is going to save me so much time and effort.

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teamlane (author) on November 23, 2012:

@sukkran trichy: You're welcome sukkran. -Colleen :)

HalloweenMovieC on October 08, 2012:

Very helpful - thanks.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on September 18, 2012:

thanks for sharing this screen capture technique. really a useful page.

teamlane (author) on September 03, 2012:

@intermarks: Agreed~ :)

intermarks on September 03, 2012:

I like to use the combination of Ctrl-PrtScr to capture a windows or a page into picture. It is easy and simple to use instead of using some screen capturing software.

teamlane (author) on September 03, 2012:

@miaponzo: You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by. :)

miaponzo on September 02, 2012:

I really honestly didn't know how to do this.. you made it easy! Thanks!!! :)

teamlane (author) on September 02, 2012:

@Linda Pogue: Good extra info GrammaLinda. Thanks for the addition. :)

teamlane (author) on September 02, 2012:

@Pam Irie: You are welcome. I forget too!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on September 02, 2012:

Thanks for this refresher. I always forget this stuff just when I need it.

teamlane (author) on September 02, 2012:

@DIY Mary: Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts Mary.

Mary Stuart on September 02, 2012:

Thank you for this very useful and handy info!

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

This AM when I CTL-ALT PRNT SCRN and copy to Word, the image is black and white looking like a "photo negative"...any help for me? Please email reply to bmed@suddenlink,net Thanks

Linda Pogue from Missouri on May 14, 2012:

The PrtScrn key works great for PC desktop users, but for laptop users, there is the additional step of using the function key at the same time. Look at the PrtScrn key on the laptop. If the lettering is a different color than the letter keys, find the function key that is the same color, press and hold that, then press the PrtScrn key. Now you can paste the image into a document, just like you can with the PrtScrn key on the PC keyboard. Blessings!

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on August 23, 2011:

Thank you for this very useful info. I've been wondering how to do this. I have listed this lens as a related lens on one of my works in progress.

franstan lm on August 07, 2011:

thank you for this info

KaneshiaKelly on July 20, 2011:

Great article, thanks for the tips. I really needed this.

akumar46 lm on May 19, 2011:

Nice tip.Thanks.

refrige23 on December 12, 2010:

I love your lenses

leathersleepersofa on December 12, 2010:

nice lens

anonymous on November 27, 2010:

great tips and nice lens

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on September 15, 2010:

This took me forever to figure out when I first started publishing content online. Now, I use it all the time. It's a valuable feature.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 04, 2010:

Thankyou, thank you, thank y.....I think you get the message, Squidoo definitely has all the answers!


kimmie1967 on April 01, 2010:

Oh man I feel really dumb now! Been seeing every one using print screen for various things, and I kept wondering how they did that, thought maybe I had to go to best buy and buy a program or something Doh! Shows how much I pay attention to my keyboard huh?

Thanks for the info and go ahead and laugh if ya want to it's okay. :-)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 05, 2010:

Thank you so much for this info. Mimi led me to this lens when I asked the question. I should have known there was a lens about Prt Sceen.

tandemonimom lm on September 07, 2009:

Thanks, I needed that!

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on August 24, 2009:

Ah, okay. I was searching for how to do this and landed here. Thanks! Simpler than I'd thought.

Mickie Gee on August 23, 2009:

Wow, that was easy!

HandymanTrainer on August 01, 2009:

all these years and I didn't know the freakin' print screen key worked since back in the old DOS days. Thanks for the info,

motorpurrr on December 25, 2008:

Wow! Thanks so much. I was reading your other one on the alting of photos and had no idea about how to screen print with my lap top. Then I found this. Very nifty!

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