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Prt Scr - How To Do A Print Screen | ScreenShot

Updated on April 27, 2013

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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Print Screen Use Today

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 Prtscn Answer - Yahoo Answers Voters

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 profile image

      Andromachi Polychroniou 

      4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

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

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      Debbi Craton 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I always wondered how to do this. Thanks.

    • wyzeguru profile image


      5 years ago

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

    • teamlane profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

      Very helpful - thanks.

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

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

    • teamlane profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @intermarks: Agreed~ :)

    • intermarks profile image


      6 years ago

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

    • teamlane profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

    • teamlane profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

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

    • teamlane profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

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      DIY Mary 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this very useful and handy info!

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      6 years ago

      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

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      Linda Pogue 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      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!

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      7 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      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.

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      thank you for this info

    • KaneshiaKelly profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      akumar46 lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice tip.Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      I love your lenses

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      8 years ago

      nice lens

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      8 years ago

      great tips and nice lens

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

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


    • kimmie1967 profile image


      8 years ago

      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. :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      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.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, I needed that!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

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

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      Mickie Gee 

      9 years ago

      Wow, that was easy!

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      9 years ago

      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,

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      10 years ago

      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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