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How to Print Screen: Keyboard Shortcuts IV

Print Screen, also abbreviated as "Prt Scr or "PrtScn," is a shortcut key on your keyboard. When you press this key, Windows will automatically take a screen capture of whatever content is displayed on your monitor. This capture is stored in temporary memory and will remain there until you take another screen capture, or you copy another object or text to the temporary memory. You can paste the screen capture into digital-editing software and save it as an image file.

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  1. Press the "Print Screen" key on your computer's keyboard. This will capture the image on your monitor, though you will not receive feedback that your computer has done so.

  2. Launch a graphic-editing program on your computer, such as Microsoft Paint, Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.

  3. Click "File," then click "New" from the top toolbar if the program does not provide you with a blank canvas. If you are working in Paint, a canvas is available.

  4. Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and press the V key. This will paste a copy of the screen capture image into the blank canvas. You can crop this image and edit it any way you want to.

  5. Click the "Layers" menu, then flatten the image layers if you pasted the image into a floating layer of your canvas. Microsoft Paint does not use layers, but Photoshop will require you to flatten your image before you save it.

  6. Click "File," then click "Save." Type a name for your image and save it as a .JPEG file.

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Things You'll Need

  • Digital graphics software

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

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