My PrntScr button isn't working like it used to!

I installed a Screen Recording tool called Snagit and it did something weird to PrntScr functionality. Whenever I press the button, the Snagit screen recording tools opens up. It takes forever to initialize and it's just terrible how it hijacked my PrntScr (henceforth called the button).

Earlier, when I used to press the button, it copied whatever was on my screen to the clipboard. I could simply Ctrl+V it in MS Paint, crop the image and save the file in whatever format I want.

Now, I'm forced to use the Snipping Tool which is terrible when you have a shoddy mouse. It's so hard to select the right area to crop from the screen when the mouse doesn't respond like you need it to.

I installed the open source screen capture tool called ShareX thinking it could fix the problem. I just want an easy solution where I press the button and the screenshot is saved. Sadly, ShareX couldn't fix the key. Snagit still has it.

It would be awesome if my PrtScr on Windows would work like when I'm on Ubuntu (Linux). It's so awesome how I just have to press the button and the screenshot just saves like that. No paste from clipboard required.

Dear Super Users, please help!

  • support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/… second option of changing the hotkey or adding a qualifier to it seems most useful. – Mokubai May 9 '17 at 6:23
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    This is too short for a full answer... remove snagit, as it's obviously not helping you. – Stese May 9 '17 at 6:35
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    Windows Key + PrtScn will save the screenshot in your Pictures folder. – User552853 May 9 '17 at 7:02
  • @User552853 Wow, that's exactly like Ubuntu. Thanks! Thank you very much for that. – Nick May 9 '17 at 7:21

This is expected behavior. You can change the screenshot key in SnagIt to release its capture on the Prt Sc key. But given that you don't like it, it is a better idea to uninstall the program. A reboot will make everything work like it did before.

As a replacement tool for SnagIt, I can recommend GreenShot. Its fast and lightweight and has the same functionality as SnagIt. It can even automatically save a screenshot in any form in a specific format with specific name to a specific folder of choice. Alternatively, Windows has its own features. For example:

WIN+SHIFT+S can be used to make a selection and copy it to the clipboard.
Prt Sc can be used to copy the entire desktop area to the clipboard.
ALT+Prt Sc can be used to copy the current window to the clipboard.
WIN+Prt Sc can be used to save a screenshot from the entire desktop to your Pictures folder.

  • Thank you. I think I've become a super-user thanks to those shortcuts. I will also give GreenShot a try. Do you by chance also know any screen recording software that will also record my voice live along with recording the screen? – Nick May 9 '17 at 7:24
  • @Nick I use IceCream ScreenRecorder, the free version. I think it has some time limitation. Doesn't have editing features though. I find it useful because it's simple to use, quick and user-friendly. icecreamapps.com/Screen-Recorder – User552853 May 9 '17 at 8:47
  • For screen recording, I use Camtasia Studio, but its not free. It allows you to record audio from multiple sources simultaneously though. – LPChip May 9 '17 at 8:54

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