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What I want to know is that I have a key that says “Print Screen”, but it doesn’t work. Is there anyway I can get it to work? I have Window Vista.
Any help you can give me would be great, Stormy
Back in the days of DOS (before Microsoft came out with Windows) the print screen button on your keyboard did just what the button says, it took a screen capture, and sent that image of what was on your screen directly to the printer.
Over time, however, the function of the “Print Screen” key changed from automatically printing your screen caputure, to a function of capturing the screen on the clipboard, which gives you the freedom to choose exactly what it is you want to do with the image.
Because the “Print Screen” button only captures a screen shot, but doesn’t print it, there is no visual results when pressing the key.
I will give you instructions for how to capture a screenshot with the Print Screen key, and then how to either print or save your screenshot capture.
1. When you want to do a screen capture, press the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard.
2. Open your favorite image program. I like to use Irfanview at: www.irfanview.com/ but you don’t have to download a program if you don’t want to. Every version of Microsoft Windows comes with Microsoft Paint in the “Accessories” folder of the start menu.
3. In your image program, click on “Edit” in the menu bar, then “Paste”. This will paste your screenshot capture into the program.
4. Once you have pasted the screen capture into your image program, you can either save it, or print it (or both) using the save and print commands in the menus.
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