A tip in Windows

Programs that allow you to capture a part of your computer screen abound, and people pay money, sometimes quite a bit of money for these.

Why not use the facility in Windows?

I am referring to “Print Screen”

This is normally a key, placed on the top row of a standard British keyboard, after the twelve “Function Keys”. There are three keys, this one, called “Print Screen/SysRq”, the “Scroll Lock” key and the “Pause/Break” key.

Get your program up on the screen (the one you want to copy) And just hit…


A cropped Print Screen” image

The entire screen is now copied to your clip board.

Now all you have to do is to crop the picture you have captured. You can use the program Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, or any number of programs; one you will have on your computer, even if it is only “Paint” which comes with the Windows Operating System.

Why pay money when it is all there for free?


  1. #1 by teukkam on Monday, 3 April 2006 - 11:00 am

    Print screen works for most cases. However, sometimes you want to capture something that the print screen key isn’t able to process, such as ActiveX components etc. Then you need a more sophisticated screen capture tool. SnagIt has become my favourite.

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