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Print Screen for Windows

If you just need a quick error message screenshot to send to a technical support person, the Print Screen function is what you need. Just press the “Print Screen” button, which is usually located to the right of the F12 button.

It may seem as if nothing happens when you hit the Print Screen button, but Windows already made a picture of your screen and copied that to the clipboard.

Windows does that in the background, so you won’t notice anything. The image is there though, available for you when you need it.
Just open Word, WordPad, Paint or whatever application that can handle images and then select “Edit” from the application menu and choose “Paste” (you can also press the CTRL-v key combination). The picture of your screen appears in the application.
You can even use this technique to capture a particular strange behavior of your computer in a picture and mail it to someone who can help you. Or maybe you want a screenshot as proof of an online transaction or money transfer.

Want just a screenshot of one specific window?
Press and hold the ALT-key and then press the Print Screen key. Try and paste that image in your word processor and you’ll see that only the active window was captured in the screenshot.

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