How to screenshot in boot camp

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How to screenshot in boot camp
Apple external keyboards feature the print screen key, which can be used in Boot Camp. (keyboard and mouse. image by red 2000 from

Boot Camp software is useful for Apple Macintosh users who need to run a Microsoft Windows-based program. Boot Camp a utility that lets you run Windows on Intel-based Macintosh computers. However, taking a screenshot of your work in Boot Camp can be a little confusing because Macs don't always have a print screen key. There are ways to take your screenshots in Boot Camp.

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Things you need

  • External keyboard
  • Screen capture utility

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  1. 1

    Start Boot Camp utility under Applications and switch to Windows. Open your Windows software program and set up the screen image you want to capture.

  2. 2

    Hit the F13 or Print Screen button on your external keyboard. Not all Apple computers have the print screen key or keep it in the same spot. Look for a key with "psc" or "prt sc" on it in shorthand. The utility will save an image of the screen in your clipboard for you to paste into another document.

  3. 3

    Click "Start" in the Windows task bar and then click "All Programs" and then click "Accessories."

  4. 4

    Click on "Accessibility" and then click the On-Screen Keyboard icon to open it. This keyboard will display the print screen key. Press it and it will copy what is on the computer screen to your clipboard. Press Alt + psc to take a screenshot of only what's in an active window.

  5. 5

    Press Fn + F11 to print screen in Boot Camp v. 1.3. You can take a screenshot of only active windows by pressing Option + Fn + F11.

Tips and warnings

  • The wording on the print screen key sometimes appears in much smaller letters and to the bottom or upper right of the key's main character. If this is so, try pressing Ctrl + psc, Fn + psc or Alt + psc to copy.

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