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How do I capture a screenshot on my computer?

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Print Screen Key

Print Screen Button

The key may appear differently depending on the manufacturer of your keyboard. The standard position would be at the upper right hand corner of your keyboard and may appear within this sequence of keys...

Print Screen Button Location

The sole function of this key is to take a screenshot or picture of your computer screen and copy it to the clipboard (the clipboard is an invisible holding area for content that is copied).


Full Screen Captures

  1. While viewing the screen in which you want to capture (screenshot) press the Print Screen Button key once.

  2. Open your favorite word processing program.

  3. Create a new document.

  4. Position your cursor at the beginning of the document or wherever you want the screenshot to appear.

  5. Using your keyboard, press Ctrl + V or right mouse click and choose Paste, which will insert the screenshot in your open document

  6. Now you can Save (Ctrl + S) the document to wherever you wish, make sure to name it appropriately so you can easily find it.


Specific Windows Capture

Now, for those who have read this far, we are going to share another neat little feature of Windows

Pressing these keys...

Alt Print Screen

...will take a screenshot of the currently selected window, not the entire screen as listed above. This allows you to target that specific window that you have open and nothing else.


  1. While viewing the specific window which you want to capture (screenshot) press and


hold the Alt key then press the Print Screen key.


  1. Open your favorite word processing program.

  2. Create a new document.

  3. Position your cursor at the beginning of the document or wherever you want the screenshot to appear.

  4. Using your keyboard, press Ctrl + V or right mouse click and choose Paste, which will insert the screenshot in your open document.

  5. Now you can Save (Ctrl + S) the document to wherever you wish, make sure to name it appropriately so you can easily find it.

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