The ‘Print Screen’ function....

One of the simplest and most useful keyboard short cuts that still manages to elude many.

If you’ve ever wanted to take a quick snapshot of an online conversation or wanted to record a confirmation number but couldn’t find a pen, this little tidbit will come in handy. It baffles us how many are not even aware this function exists. This just cannot continue! So here’s the know-how.

This method is current for the following windows platforms:

  • Windows 7/Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 9x

Step 1 - Prep for Success

Maximize your browser window

First things first, just to ensure that you capture the desired area on your screen, it is good practice to maximize the window you’re taking the capture of (if applicable of course). So maximize the screen area first, then go to step 2.

Step 2 - Take the Shot

Press the Print Screen key

Now that you have the screen maximized, now you have to "capture" the screen image by pressing the "print screen" button on your keyboard. You can typically fing this key on your keyboard in the upper right-hand area; close to the "Scroll lock" and the "Pause/Break" key clusters. If not, just look at the top row of keys labeled F1-F12 and scan to the right until you run into it. If you still can’t find it, you may want to think about investing in a new keyboard!

NOTE:* Once you press the key, you may notice nothing will happen at all. This is because all it did was take a "screenshot" of the image and copy it to your clipboard. Now, we are going to paste it from your clipboard to your Microsoft Paint Program.

Step 3 - Open Paint

To open your paint program (this comes standard with all factory installations of Windows 9x, Vista, and Windows 7):

Go to your Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.

Open the Microsoft Paint program

Once you have the paint program open, go ahead and click with your mouse pointer anywhere in the white space just to ensure the program knows that you are now working within that space. It may leave a black speck in the middle of the page which is O.K., because we are about to "paste" over that anyway.

Step 4 - Pasting the Canvas

Now that you have paint open and ready to receive your command, you are going to press and hold the CONTROL key and also press the letter V at the same time. This will paste your screenshot right into the paint program.

Paste your image into Paint


You should see your image in Paint

You should know see the screeen image populated into the Paint program’s window. If what you see is an accurate reflection of the information you wanted to save, you’re done! Great work. Go grab a cookie as you are now more savvy that you were 4 minutes ago.

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