Shortcut to Take Screenshots in XP, Vista, and Windows 7

   Posted July 22, 2003 by David Kirk in Windows

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Using this simple keystroke, you can take a screenshot without any additional software. It’s free and built into Microsoft Windows!

Two methods exist for placing a copy of the current screen into the clipboard:

The Print Scrn key takes a screenshot and places it into the clipboard.

Pressing the combination of ALT + Print Scrn places the current active window into the clipboard.

Once your screenshot is in the clipboard it can be pasted and manipulated in any software graphics package. For example, you can paste this screenshot image into Paint for saving or editing.

Please note:
On many laptops, the Print Scrn key is actually Fn+Insert.


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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