Windows Print Screen

I get a lot of requests for help with various computer and software related problems. I usually start by asking the person to send me a screenshot of the error message or problem. Amazingly, a lot of PC users still aren’t sure how to go about this. As such, here is a quick and easy tutorial on creating regular screenshots:-)

In Microsoft Windows 95 1st Edition, the “Print Screen” button on the keyboard took on new functionality. In the days of DOS, this key would send the text on the screen to your printer. Microsoft Windows 95 and above, allow you to “Print Screen,” but the screen print is copied to the clipboard to be pasted into an application such as a word processor, email program or photo manipulation software, rather than sent immediately to your printer.

After pressing the “Print Screen” key, open the desired application and select “Paste.” This will copy your current screen’s image into the application for possible saving, posting or manipulating. Another trick it to hold the “Alt” key as your press “Print Screen.” This will copy only the active window into your clipboard for pasting. This is useful for taking screen shots of error messages.