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How can I take a screen shot in Windows XP RRS feed

  • Question

  • My OS is Windows XP Professional SP3. When I try to take a screen shot, my "Print Screen" key is not responding.

    (1) What can I do to rectify this?

    (2) Is there any soft ware that is similar to the snipping tool in Windows 7, that is compatible with XP, that I can download?

    Thank you.


    Melita


    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:54 PM

Answers

  • After pressing PRTSCR you must paste into a another program to see the screen shot. Try opening Paint after pressing PRTSCR (or ALT+PRTSCR for active window) then from the menu click "Edit" then "Paste" - the option to Paste in the right click extension menu is greyed out for me.

     

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:14 AM
  • Please try selecting a free screenshot program from this page. They will also give you more functionality.

    http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/gmm/fwscreen.html

    Quite a few to choose from - pick one with lots of stars.
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:07 PM
  • Back in the days of DOS, the PrtScn key used to print the screen. But
    in all versions of Windows, this works differently, and the name of
    the key is now an anachronism. The key does not print the screen.
    PrtScrn captures the whole screen, and Alt-PrtScrn captures the active
    window.

    Either one captures the image to the Windows clipboard. Once it's in
    the clipboard you can paste (Ctrl-V) it into any application that
    supports graphics (Windows Paint, other graphics programs, even your
    favorite word processor). You can edit or add to the image as you
    wish, then print it.

    This ability to manipulate the image in a program before printing it
    is an improvement over the original DOS method of just printing it.
    But if you'd like that old facility back, there are several
    third-party freeware/shareware programs that can do this, such as
    PrintKey2000 at
    http://www.sharewarejunkies.com/00zwd2/printkey2000.htm


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    Friday, May 10, 2013 3:39 PM
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  • Try "pcscreencapture.com"  (won't allow me to post a link :-( ) Click active window then it takes a screen shot of the screen behind it then click "save as.. " I usually save the screen shot to "my photos". Whenever you want to use it again you will find it in downloads or in your documents.

    Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:33 AM

All replies

  • Is this on a laptop?  If so, you might need to do Funct-Printscreen.
    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:42 PM
  • Is this on a laptop?  If so, you might need to do Funct-Printscreen.

    No sir, this is a desk top.

    Regards


    Melita

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:53 PM
  • Have you tried a different keyboard?  Is it a wireless keyboard?
    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:44 PM
  • Have you tried a different keyboard?  Is it a wireless keyboard?

    This is a wired key board. I don't have an extra keyboard to try it.

    Melita

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:53 PM
  • After pressing PRTSCR you must paste into a another program to see the screen shot. Try opening Paint after pressing PRTSCR (or ALT+PRTSCR for active window) then from the menu click "Edit" then "Paste" - the option to Paste in the right click extension menu is greyed out for me.

     

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:14 AM
  • I tried using another key board but the result is the same. After pressing PRTSCR when I click edit and paste, the mouse curser changes to a cross on the paint screen, but nothing further happens, even when I left click on the paint screen.

    Melita

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:46 PM
  • Please try selecting a free screenshot program from this page. They will also give you more functionality.

    http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/gmm/fwscreen.html

    Quite a few to choose from - pick one with lots of stars.
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:07 PM
  • Back in the days of DOS, the PrtScn key used to print the screen. But
    in all versions of Windows, this works differently, and the name of
    the key is now an anachronism. The key does not print the screen.
    PrtScrn captures the whole screen, and Alt-PrtScrn captures the active
    window.

    Either one captures the image to the Windows clipboard. Once it's in
    the clipboard you can paste (Ctrl-V) it into any application that
    supports graphics (Windows Paint, other graphics programs, even your
    favorite word processor). You can edit or add to the image as you
    wish, then print it.

    This ability to manipulate the image in a program before printing it
    is an improvement over the original DOS method of just printing it.
    But if you'd like that old facility back, there are several
    third-party freeware/shareware programs that can do this, such as
    PrintKey2000 at
    http://www.sharewarejunkies.com/00zwd2/printkey2000.htm


    Arnav Sharma | Facebook | Twitter Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Friday, May 10, 2013 3:39 PM
    Moderator
  • Try "pcscreencapture.com"  (won't allow me to post a link :-( ) Click active window then it takes a screen shot of the screen behind it then click "save as.. " I usually save the screen shot to "my photos". Whenever you want to use it again you will find it in downloads or in your documents.

    Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:33 AM
  • Hi

    may be the key of printscreen was broken .  there are many many software for you to download to have a try.

    Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:51 AM
  • Thank you for all the help. Now I have got many options to choose from.

    Regards to all.


    Melita

    Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:04 PM