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How to Print Screen?

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Have you ever heard one of your friends or colleagues say give me a print screen? Perhaps the popularity of computers has already taught you what print screen is and how to use it. ž

Nevertheless, you can learn more about print screen on Windows Operating Systems by reading this article. Here you will learn what Print Screen is all about and how it can be helpful in your daily life.

Print Screen is not what others may think of. It’s not a button that you can press to print the screen to a paper in your printer. If you were using DOS then it will. But today, Print Screen is used to capture the screen and save in your computer’s clipboard, and then something you can paste to a file such as a Word document or an image file that you can print later on. The clipboard is like an invisible content holder that holds the content you copy before it is pasted or moved to another file, folder, or location.

You can even use them to send screen shots to your friends or colleagues through email. If you still don’t know what Print Screen is, it is that button on the upper right hand corner of your keyboard. Normally, you will see that button labeled as “PRT SCR” or “prt scr”. Normally, it is that button after the series of function buttons on the top most of your keyboard. The usual sequence is “F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12 Print Screen”. Though this may differ as previously mentioned, depending on the brand of the computer, laptop, or keyboard you are using. It could be that you need to press a FUNCTION or “fn” button to make use of the print screen button. Either way, you’ll immediately locate it once you see the label. Now, let me show you how you can do a “print screen”.

  1. Locate the screen you want to capture. It can be a single window or it can be the whole screen you see in your computer. If it’s just one window or a single application or software, then you can also opt to maximize the window so you get a huge screen shot of it.
  2. Now when you’re screen is ready for capturing, you can either choose to capture the whole screen or just a single window.
    1. For capturing the entire screen, simply press the Print Screen button.
    2. If you want to capture the screen of just the single window you are currently viewing, then press ALT + Print Screen button.
  3. Now you are ready to paste the screen onto a file or email. Open the application you want to use. It can be MS Outlook for emails, MS Word to print a word document, or MS Photo Editor or Adobe Photoshop to save it as an image.
  4. Once you have opened a new or existing document, you are ready to paste the screen shot. You can do this by pressing CTRL + V at the same time.
  5. Now you’ll see the screen in your file. You can either send it through email or simply print it to your computer!

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