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Making A Screenshot XP?

by Lyn Layton / May 15, 2004 1:14 AM PDT

Am trying to make a screenshot using XP/MSPaint. (On my WinMe, I hit Alt+Print Scrn, open Paint> Edit>Paste.) On the XP, "Paste" is greyed out. All I get is the "Paste From" option. How do get the Windows Clipboard to work?
Gadwin PrintScreen is installed, but I can't get that to work on the XP either.
What am I doing wrong?

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Try this it works fine for me
by Lindburgh / May 15, 2004 7:59 PM PDT

I think we have all struggled at some time with your problem
I got round it by downloading a Prg. called Hypersnap
Let me know if this works for you

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here is how!
by JADEMONKEY3214 / May 15, 2004 8:45 PM PDT

Get on the screen you want, press PRINT SCREEN/SYS RQ key. Go open PAINT, hold control, press V! keep things simple .

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Blonde and Into Simple
by Lyn Layton / May 16, 2004 1:31 PM PDT
In reply to: here is how!

Thanks! You're right - works well!

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Nice... thanks for tip! :)
by glenn30 / May 17, 2004 2:13 AM PDT
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Re:here is how!
by Berfert / May 17, 2004 5:21 AM PDT
In reply to: here is how!

you can also use the ALT+Print Scrn button to just copy the active window and then do the Ctrl+V topaste it in.

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Re:Re:here is how!
by Willem / May 20, 2004 8:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:here is how!

Thanks! Using ALT+Print Scrn and Ctrl+V is indeed the most simple way to copy and paste an entire window. I tried it immediately and it worked good. For printing a PART of a window, I use ScreenPrint32, downloaded once at Now the version Gold35 is available. Works perfect!

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It Worked!
by s.keough / September 10, 2006 3:26 AM PDT
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Your instructions worked just fine. Thank you for the advice that didn't require me to seek out new software.


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help with pasting
by tritan1 / December 24, 2006 1:14 AM PST
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Will this work for outlook and OLexpress? I can't get it to paste?

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How to paste
by tomron / December 24, 2006 1:30 AM PST
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I have outlook express,not sure about outlook,but it will probably work

Heres how:lets say you want to paste the address in the search bar,right click>it will now highlight>click copy>in outlook express right click>then paste.

If you want to copy and paste this statement,hold the left mouse button and move the mouse which will highlight>then right click mouse button>then copy>then paste else where by right click mouse button.

Try this LINK or additional info.


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Screenshot xp (home)
by GerhardusP / June 29, 2009 10:36 PM PDT

Hi, I've tried just about all suggestions. I work on an HP laptop.
So far I've tried...."prt sc", "alt prt sc", "prt sc, sys rq", nothing seems to work. I've also tried to paste(ctrl v) to photoshop as well as paint. Still no luck! Maybe Hyperionics next?

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2009 11:02 PM PDT
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I had this one application that refused to let me capture so here's my workaround.

1. Click once on the task bar to move focus off the application.

2. Since it is on a laptop I have to press, hold the [fn] key then tap the [prtsc] key then release the [fn] key.

Now in Paint, Edit, Paste works.

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Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by mrmanfam / May 20, 2004 9:49 PM PDT

F.Y.I. "PASTE" isn't greyed out for me and works. I press "Prt Scr/SysRq", open Paint, and click "Paste".I use XP Pro.

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Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by fywdude / May 20, 2004 10:41 PM PDT

Most people who have XP also have Microsoft Word. Use the Print Screen button to capture the screen, create a new Word doc, set it to Landscape, and paste. Now you have the screen shot and can edit it and save it using Word.

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Re:Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by wynpope / May 21, 2004 12:57 AM PDT

Best for this issue in any program (including selective portions of a screen shot) is PrintKey Pro Shareware from
It has such a rich menu ... many capabilities

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Re:Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by bukyman / May 24, 2004 4:29 AM PDT

"Paste" works OK for me in Word or Paint using XP Home Edition.

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Re:Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by gapch125 / May 24, 2004 4:58 AM PDT

Print screen key will work in W2000 Professional the same as the above. I guess that maybe not too much difference between the two os!

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by Frungi / January 5, 2006 1:34 PM PST

Word is a word processor, and an expensive one at that; why would a word processor be better for editing screenshots than a paint program (e.g. Paint)?

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Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by wynpope / May 21, 2004 1:00 AM PDT

PrintKey Pro from ... shareware fantastic capabilities including selective portions of any page Inexpensive but priceless utility

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Re:Re:Making A Screenshot XP?
by vampiroteutis / May 21, 2004 12:49 PM PDT

Hi e'eryone...
This is what I usually do:
1st of all, I open MS Photo Editor and create new file, then go back to the screen and..."ctrl+alt+prtscr" (or whatever ur keyboard shows), then back to the MS PE and paste simple as this. I've also tried this with Macromedia Fireworks and worked as well (instead of MS PE). NOte that the images I've made were indistinctly from web sites, software or even shots taken from frozen video images (videos playing on Windows mediaplayer, Winamp, Quintessential)

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Re: Making A Screenshot XP?
by ChuckT / May 25, 2004 4:21 AM PDT

You are saying the exact correct steps of how to copy the active window, opening the app, and then to paste that captured image.
But you say you see "Paste" grayed out.

Then you mention, in a later, message that CTRL-V does work.
?? CTRL-V and the Edit>Paste command are the same thing.

I suspect that your first step, the ALT-Print Scrn, is not what you had really done. You may think you did it, but somehow you managed to clear out the image buffer just before your Paste function (if the image buffer was properly captured, in the first place). Or else -- somehow you wiped out the image in the buffer.

For example, if you had some image captured, via Alt+Print Scrn, and then somehow had accidentally entered a Ctrl-C (some text selected and copied) that would wipe out the image buffer, and Paint (or any other image tool) will grey out the Paste function.

Your buffer can only hold onto one copied item at a time, either copied text or an image. The most recent copy (for example a Ctrl-C or some Print Scrn copying function) wipes out the previous item copied.

(By the way, do not confuse the special tools, like the Clipboard, or other clipboard managers, with the buffer. They act like you have multiple buffers to copy and paste from, but in reality, they are just using software to increase the functionality of that ONE buffer, that Windows provides.)

Any of those screen capture tools mentioned by the other respondents are fine tools, and they may simplify the steps that you need to perform your window captured that you wanted to do. But they don't address your originally stated problem of why was "Paste" grayed out?
I hope I have done so for you. Go back and check your steps, try it again. If the Ctrl-V worked, then Edit>Paste should also work.

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Re:Re: Making A Screenshot XP?
by ChuckT / May 25, 2004 4:24 AM PDT

One final tip. IrfanView (my favorite free tool) also does a fine job of screen or window captures. There are plenty of options to simplify multiple screen captures.

I test software for a living, and often I need to easily capture many windows. IrfanView will quickly put the captures, in the graphic format I want, into the folder that I want, then name and timestamp the filename for me. But you can just as easily just use the Paste (or Ctrl-V) function to copy a captured image buffer into a blank IrfanView window, and save it as you wish.

Pretty easy! IrfanView

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It is that simple..
by wednesdave / March 8, 2011 3:54 AM PST

Not comment on the number of way you can one can capture a screen shot. looked at ALT-Print Scrn. Was sold from there. Have to say, thank you very much to cnet! you guys are my first choice when i got a solve a probem. is that simple..

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