I know in Windows 7 that clicking the key labelled, "Print Scr" should print your current screen, for me this isn't working. Before you say it's my key that's to blame, prior to this I was using Ubuntu and I found that the print screen button was overly sensitive if anything.


The Print Scr button will only copy the screen to your clipboard. It will seem like it did nothing, but it just saves an image of your screen to the clipboard.

You can then paste the image somewhere, for example, in Paint.

You could also download a program such as FastStone Capture, which will automatically save the image.

  • Oh yes, thank you! Rofl I feel quite silly now. Ubuntu makes a song and dance about it but Windows 7 doesn't, I forgot, it's been that long! – BH2017 May 9 '13 at 12:58
  • @BrentonHorne you're welcome :) – Doorknob May 9 '13 at 12:58
  • Jeez, I've been hitting Ctrl-Print Scr all these years not knowing the CTRL wasn't necessary! – nathangiesbrecht May 9 '13 at 13:27
  • It may be useful to note that pressing Alt+Print Scr will copy the currently focused window to the clipboard, rather than the entire display. – Kit Roed May 9 '13 at 15:14
  • You don't necesserily require a custom program as Win 7 and above might include the "Snipping Tool" depending on your Windows edition. windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows7/products/features/… – MrEdmundo May 9 '13 at 16:43

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