How to Print Screen in Windows 7

In the newer generation, print screen is used to save a bitmap image of the current screen, or to take a screenshot of the screen. You can print screen by ‘Print Screen key’ and also by using ‘snipping tool.’  Print screen key is almost found in all types of computer’s and laptop’s keyboard. Pressing print screen key causes the computer to capture and send an image of your screen to the clipboard, in the same resolution of your monitor screen.

If you want to Print Screen in your Windows 7 operating system, there are different ways to print screen. You can capture the entire screen, a specific window or a customized area.

How to capture the entire screen?

  1. Press ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard. (When you want to take a screenshot of your whole screen).

Mostly print screen key is available in all keyboards, but, if your keyboard doesn’t have print screen key or it is not working, then you can use “Fn + Insert.”

  1. Click on ‘Start’ button.
  2. Open ‘Paint’ or any other application that support the pasting of images like Word, Outlook, etc.
  3. Press ‘Ctrl + V’ for pasting the screenshot. You can also paste by selecting ‘Paste’ from the Edit drop-down option in the menu bar of paint.
  4. Now, save it by pressing ‘Ctrl + S.’ You can also use other ways to save your image.

This is how you can take a screenshot of your whole screen.

How to capture a specific Window?

  1. Click on the Window that you wish to capture.
  2. Press ‘Alt + Print Scrn’ button. (Doing this will save an image of that window into your computer’s clipboard). You can also use ‘Fn + Insert’ if your keyboard doesn’t have print screen key or it is not working.
  3. Click on ‘Start’ button.
  4. Open ‘Paint’ or any other application that support the pasting of images like Word, Outlook, etc.
  5. Press ‘Ctrl + V’ for pasting the screenshot. You can also paste by selecting ‘Paste’ from the Edit drop-down option in the menu bar of paint.
  6. Now, save it by pressing ‘Ctrl + S.’ You can also use other ways to save your image.
  7. Finally, Screenshot of that specific window will be saved.

You need to use ‘snipping tool’ to capture a screenshot of a customized area.

James Thomas is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, James has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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