Did you know you could easily take a snapshot of your current computer screen and then store it on your clipboard for further use? It is called Print screen, and often abbreviated Prt Scr, Print Scrn, Prt Scn, or Prnt Scrn on most PC keyboards. It is typically situated in the same section as the break key and scroll lock key. The function of this key is to take a snapshot of your current computer screen, and then you can paste it wherever you want.
In order to take a snapshot of your current computer screen:
Open the screen that you want to copy.
- Press the print screen key (‘PrtScn’) and the mirror image of that screen will be stored on your desktop.
- Open an image editing application ( i.e. Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher)
- Paste the screenshot either by pressing Control+V, or by going to the Edit menu and then selecting Paste.
- Enlarge or crop the image as you may see fit.
Note: You can press ALT + PrtScn to copy a screenshot of a selected window on your screen, instead of the entire screen itself.
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