I'm using Windows 10. When I try to take print screen with PrintScreen, nothing happens

I tried these shorcuts

  • Ctrl+PrintScreen
  • Win+PrintScreen
  • PrintScreen
  • Alt+PrintScreen
  • Func+PrintScreen
  • Win+Ctrl+PrintScreen
  • Win+Func+PrintScreen

But this is not working. Is there any driver required for that?


But no luck. Help appreciated!! :)

  • Is it possible to provide what type of keyboard you are using? There may be an extra step we are missing. Like the possibility of a FN or function key. Also, could you please clarify what you mean by "Not Responding"? Does nothing happen when you try to paste? – Cheesus Crust May 19 '17 at 12:02
  • @CheesusCrust thanks for your asking. Its DELL keyboard.. "Not responding" I mean nothing happens when pressing these above short cut key – User6667769 May 19 '17 at 12:17
  • Well, it should be storing a image of your screen into the Clipboard. Go ahead and try opening Paint or a text editor like Microsoft Word and paste using Ctrl + V or Right Click and select Paste – Cheesus Crust May 19 '17 at 12:20

Hitting PrntScrn alone will only store an image of the screen into your Clipboard, which you would then have to paste into a document.

If you open up Paint or anything else that supports images, you can paste the last screenshot you took by either pressing Ctrl+V or Right Click and selecting Paste from the menu.

Paint actually has a large button on the top left of the application window that allows you to paste as well.

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Most of the shortcuts in your list work, you just need to read a little bit more carefully the articles you linked

The first method is also the best known and it works in all versions of Windows: on your keyboard, press the PrtScn (Print Screen) key or CTRL+PrtScn keys. Windows creates a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it to the clipboard. It is not stored as a file on your hard drive. Then, open an image editing program like Paint and paste the picture from the clipboard. Then, you can save it as a file and even do some basic editing.


To Save Your Screenshot as a File

Press the “Windows logo key+PrtScn.” If you’re using a tablet, press the “Windows logo button+volume down button.” On some laptops and other devices, you may need to press the “Windows logo key+Ctrl+PrtScn” or “Windows logo key+Fn+PrtScn” keys instead. Check your laptop’s manual for more information.

The screen will dim for a moment, and you will see the screenshot appear as a file in a folder entitled “Screenshots”, inside your default “Pictures” folder. The screenshot is automatically labeled with a number.


Windows screenshot photos

In short, PrintScreen combinations without Windows stores the image in the clipboard, otherwise it'll be stored in the pictures library and not your desktop with Windows+PrtScn. Or just use Windows+Shift+S and you'll have various choices of copying the screenshot to clipboard, editing or saving it as a new file


I found that the batteries in my keyboard needed to be changed even though the keyboard worked other than the Print Screen key. Once the batteries were changed the Print Screen key worked. Hope this helps someone.


Use the keyboard shortcut: Alt+PrtScn. In Windows, you can also take screenshots of the active window. Open the window that you want to capture and press Alt+PrtScn on your keyboard

  • Alt+Prntscrn not working in my case – User6667769 May 19 '17 at 11:54
  • AFAIK that doesn't save the image.. – Thufir Jun 10 '17 at 21:39
  • use Alt + PrtScn and then past it in a word file it will work. – Gurumahesh Aug 16 '17 at 7:28

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