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how to print current window and/or print screen.

by imgrateful_1 / June 3, 2011 5:23 AM PDT

I have changed from XP to WIN 7 home prem. Toshiba Satalite. 64 bit. I don't think anymore info is necessary for my question. Always before I could hit the print screen key above number pad on XP. and then paste to a word doc. Another option is to print current screen. For example if you have some kind of error message and want to copy it to send to a computer tech person to help with the problem they can see the error message or what ever the "current screen" is for the problem On XP always held the ALT button while pressing print screen key. I have experimented with my new win 7 but it doesn't work that way. Soooooo ? I would like to figure that one out. I just like to know how to do basic things. It ends up helping myself. expands understanding of how to's on the computer. Thank you so much for any response. imgrateful_1 always for help.

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Alt+PrtScr still works here but it does NOT PRINT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 5:28 AM PDT

It's in the clipboard.

But here's a BIG ISSUE. On my laptop this FAILS because I have to hit the Fn+PrtScr and the Alt fails. I think this is a bug in those laptops since an external keyboard works fine.

My guess is I could install some other printscreen helper app but I haven't needed it since the very nice "Snipping Tool" gives me more options.

--> Have you tried the new Snipping Tool?

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R proffit's answer
by imgrateful_1 / June 3, 2011 5:33 AM PDT

No I haven't gone there. I think that traces what you want to copy? but then where do you paste it? That would be nice to know. Just to know. Geez figuring computers is like walking through a forest of trees. Like an old saying; "can't see the forest for the trees."

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Ok let's get something out of the way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: R proffit's answer

XP does not come with a native way to print to the printer PrtScr, Alt+PrtScr or such. We would add that with some helper app.

Fast forward to today and I find folk forget what app they installed to cause such to print on the printer. I can't tell if this is what is going on here.

-> You ask about the Snipping Tool. 1. It's a great feature and let's me snag just what I want. 2. I can paste it where ever I want. Most of the time I click it's save button to later send it up to Photobucket where I need a screen of detail for folk here.

Thankfully I brought along a GPS and compass this time.

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