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Can anyone out there tell me how to do a screen capture in Windows with a Mac keyboard plugged in? I have my Mac keyboard and mighty mouse plugged into a KVM switch that controls both my MacbookPro and my WinXP desktop. I'm having a terrible time trying to do certain things that require those extra keys like insert and print screen. Even the num-pad doesn't work! Any ideas, tips, tools, drivers?

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Have you tried the OS X way? Command-Shift-3? – Stu Thompson Sep 22 '09 at 20:16
I'm not running OSX. I'm plugged into an actual Windows box with a Mac Keyboard. That said, I just tried Cmd-Shift-3 to see if it would screen print to my clip board and it didn't. – Cliff Sep 23 '09 at 18:16
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You could use the On-Screen Keyboard.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard

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If you're trying to take a screenshot, you can do it programmatically. Take a look at this article: Programmatically Take Screenshot Using C#. Hope these ideas help.

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This might work! Thanx, though I'd really like a driver or something that would enable the numpad and the insert key. – Cliff Sep 23 '09 at 18:15
fantastic, kiss solution... – Claudio Santos Apr 10 '15 at 11:29
The downside of the on-screen keyboard is that you can't (AFAIK) screenshot mouse tooltips. – jbaums Jan 14 at 10:07

I've got a brand new Apple extended keyboard connected to a DELL laptop running Windows 7 64-bit. This is what works for me:

F14 copies the entire screen to the clipboard.

Alt+F14 copies the active window to the clipboard.

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Yay! F14 worked for me, thanks! – Django Reinhardt Mar 19 '13 at 12:48
Doesn't work for me on Win 8.1 :( – jbaums Jan 14 at 10:05
Doesn't work for me on Windows 7. – Dave Burton Mar 5 at 22:33

It would help to know what model of keyboard you had!

Edit: Model A1048 is this one:

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On a Windows machine, the Clear key is often num-lock. Help may be Insert. There's no Menu-key equivalent, but you can fake it with Shift+F10.

Print Screen / Scroll Lock / Pause are available on some Mac keyboards, but on others are replaced by F13+ keys which are not equivalent. The on screen keyboard is the only way to access them.

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Model??? It says on the back of the keyboard, "Keyboard". Kinda like the generic cereal @ the supermarket. It's one of those white keyboards in a clear plastic casing. The only thing I can get is model: A1048 in fine print. – Cliff Sep 23 '09 at 18:12
That's the right keyboard. I was looking for drivers that would map the extra F keys to hidden keys but I believe that only works in BootCamp. Thanx a bunch for answering! – Cliff Oct 2 '09 at 13:20

To do a print screen while running Windows in Boot Camp and using a Mac keyboard, use the keyboard combination: SHIFT + FN + F11

Also works with mac keyboards on windows pc

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Yes, but my question was regarding an Apple keyboard plugged into a physical Windows machine. – Cliff Apr 12 '12 at 16:15
Where's FN on a Mac keyboard? – Django Reinhardt Mar 19 '13 at 12:41

I found easiest way to key PrtScr to F13-F19 button with this little tool called SharpKeys ( It writes registry changes for you.

I use print screen quite a lot, so I do want to find it easily. And because there is no actual official use with F13-F19 button in Win, why do not map those to some useful funtions.

You can easily change CMD and ALT button to match regular windows keyboard layout if you wanted also. Many want to do this also if use mac keyboard on windows.

TIP: There is also great print screen program that can be useful called LightScreen ( It's free and there is also portable version available. I found this very useful, because it's let me to choose regions etc.

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