How to Capture Screen Shots in Windows Using Print Screen Key

ID: Q173884

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This article describes different methods of capturing images on screen to the clipboard.


To capture a screen shot of the entire screen to the clipboard, press the PrintScrn key.

To capture a screen shot of the active window or dialog box (for example, the WordPad application window or the File Open dialog box), press ALT+PRINTSCRN.

The SHIFT and the CTRL keys do not affect the full screen capture.

Additional query words: win95 prt scrn printscreen prtscr print-screen printscr prntscrn desktop

Keywords          : kbinterop kbui NTInterop nthowto NTSrvWkst 
Version           : WinNT:3.5,3.51,4.0;Windows:95
Platform          : WINDOWS
Issue type        : kbinfo

Last Reviewed: April 3, 1998