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?

  • Have you tried the OS X way? Command-Shift-3? Sep 22, 2009 at 20:16
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    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, 2009 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.

  • 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, 2009 at 18:15
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    The downside of the on-screen keyboard is that you can't (AFAIK) screenshot mouse tooltips.
    – jbaums
    Jan 14, 2016 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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    Doesn't work for me on Win 8.1 :(
    – jbaums
    Jan 14, 2016 at 10:05
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    Doesn't work for me on Windows 7. Mar 5, 2016 at 22:33
  • For me F13 works to start Snagit running in Windows Citrix session. Seems to be "PrntScrn"
    – hgoebl
    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:15

Per this video on YouTube, the key combination that worked for me using a full-size Mac keyboard (model MB110B/B) plugged into a Dell laptop running Windows 10 was:

cmd + F15 (aka + F15)

Unfortunately I couldn't discover the combo needed to copy just the current window (this would be Alt + PrtScrn on a Windows keyboard).

After almost a year of using this technique, I discovered that each screenshot taken was being saved as a PNG file in a Screenshots subfolder of my Pictures folder! I don't know whether this is specific to my particular computer or not, but regardless I couldn't find any way of stopping it from happening.


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.

  • 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, 2009 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, 2009 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, 2012 at 16:15
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    Where's FN on a Mac keyboard? Mar 19, 2013 at 12:41

I found easiest way to key PrtScr to F13-F19 button with this little tool called SharpKeys (http://www.randyrants.com/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 (http://lightscreen.sourceforge.net/). It's free and there is also portable version available. I found this very useful, because it's let me to choose regions etc.


If you have Microsoft Office installed in your machine, then look for Microsoft OneNote. It has a Screen Clipping feature which can be invoked by Right Command + S. Once you press Right Command Key + S, you will see your screen go white transparent and select desired area to capture. Screen Clipper will then ask Copy to Clipboard or One-note. Choose Copy to Clipboard. Bingo! you can paste it anywhere as you want it, ur mail, document, powerpoint, etc.,


Solution 2021:

  1. Install the opensource Greenshot tool https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot
  2. Set Capture Region hotkey to Ctrl+Shift+S (I selected this in my mac large keyboard, you can choose whatever F19 or any)
  3. Choose Destination to Clipboard. Keep clipping. Done.

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I have an old bluetooth Model A1016 that looks just like the above keyboard sans cord and F13 invokes printscreen thru my RDP session on the Windows7 PC I'm controlling via my old Macbook Air 11

I just found this forum cause I needed to do this and I just happened to try F13 after something I read here inspired me to do so. Attached is the cmd-shift-4 screen cap of the RDP session showing "Greenshot" just after it was invoked thru the RDP session via F13 from the Mac's wireless keyboard (I emailed the Mac screen cap to the work PC).

Greenshot's defaults are set to use the PC's print-screen key...

I needed this because I do A LOT of screen caps for work and the "snipping tool" sucks rocks... The PC belongs to my customer so I don't want to buy Snag-it for it... I was unaware of Greenshot until a few days ago

Print Screen Section From Greenshot showing me writing this on the PC invoked from the Mac's F13 thru RDP

I downloaded Greenshot a couple days ago, so I've used it exactly 3 times so far and those 3 screen caps are uploaded here. After I installed Greenshot and went to do a screen cap I thought "oh &%#@ ! Because I don't have a 'print-screen' key and that's what lead me here. It appears that Greenshot hot-key combo's are configurable but all those key combo's work for me because my F13 invokes the PC's 'Prt-scrn' key

This full screen cap invoked from the Mac thru RDP via the Mac Option/Alt key + F13 key

And finally a couple of Mac full screen caps (emailed to PC again) showing the Mac's whole screen with the Greenshot cross hairs waiting for me to select a screen section on the PC as I finished writing this. This would have been way cooler if I could have easily recorded it in video... :-P

Mac's full screen as I work

RDP window center stage

Thanks to the peeps that were discussing the function keys!

Maybe this only works for me because my customer's laptop has a double "insert/prt sc" right next to it's F12 directly above the it's delete key and that just happens to map to my F13... If Greenshot really is as configurable as that menu suggests then I would expect anyone to be able to map a hot-key combo that would suite them.

I hope Greenshot isn't keysrtoke logging spyware ;-)

I hope this is helpful to someone... -Richard

  • I think you miss-read my answer...
    – RIchard
    Feb 5, 2018 at 6:35
  • Re-reading your answer carefully, I think I see what I misunderstood. The issue still stands though: F13 worked because the client you were RDPing to has a PrtScn button, making this extensive part of your answer irrelevant and unnecessary noise. Your answer is well meaning, but writing more simply and clearly, focusing on the actual solution (Greenshot is what I think you believe is the solution) would make it easier to comprehend. Also, it's very unlikely Greenshot is a bad program. It's got a pretty good reputation. Feb 5, 2018 at 17:07

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