Capturing Screenshots with the Print Screen Key
Many computer users who need to know how to capture screenshots do not realize that the Microsoft Windows operating system comes equipped for the task. In the past, computer users could press the <Print Screen> button on their keyboard to send the image of a computer's screen to the default printer, but this method no longer works in Windows. In fact, when pressing the <Print Screen> key on the keyboard, many users think that nothing happened, though this is not the case.
Pressing the <Print Screen> key on a Windows keyboard will copy an image of the screen to the clipboard. That image can then be pasted into Paint, Photoshop, GIMP, or other graphics editor and then saved, edited, or printed out. We'll use this technique to capture a screen from a Windows XP computer running the Google Chrome Web browser.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Press the <Print Screen> button on the keyboard.
2. Open Paint by clicking on the "Start" button and then "All Programs" and then "Accessories" and then "Paint."
3. When Paint opens, an untitled document should appear in the window. Now press the <Cntrl> key and the V key simultaneously. The image of the screen should now appear within Paint.
From here, users can edit the screenshot, print it, or save it as a file on the computer for later retrieval.
Sometimes, users do not wish to capture the entire screen. In these cases, only the contents of a window can be captured for printing by holding down the <Alt> key while pressing <Print Screen>. The result will be similar to that shown above except that only the image of the "Chrome" window will paste into Paint.
This method showed how to capture screenshots using the keyboard and features that are built-into Windows. Next, we will take a look at how computer programs that can help with the process.