Monthly Tip or Trick – PrtScn – Print Screen

Have you ever used the PrtScn (Print Screen) button to try and print your screen? Was it successful?

The reason I ask, is that the PrtScn button used to do as it said, ie print the screen. These days Microsoft has decided that we don’t want to just print the screen, we may want to edit it in some way before printing. (Yes, I know!) So the PrtScn button just captures the screen image. You will need to paste this image into Word or Paint or some other program and then Print it. So if you want to print the screen, (maybe to print a copy of My Documents when you do a back up for example), press the PrtScrn button. Then open Word, paste the image and then you can print it.

Because I always like to add something extra…

If you hold down the Alt button with PrtScn you will get the current open window captured and not any other window that you might have on in the background.

iPad and iPhone users.

You can capture the screen on an iPad and iPhone by pressing the sleep/wake button and the Home button at the same time. It’s as easy as that! Aha! But where is it? The sound of the camera’s shutter click gives you a clue, the screenshot will be saved to your Camera Roll.

Go on, have a try!

Diane Atkinson

IT Fairy Godmother

First published February 2007 – updated July 2014

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