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TECH TIP:  Print Screen Key

"So what is the Print Screen key used for anyway - It doesn't seem to do anything?"  In the old DOS days, when you pressed the Print Screen, it would send whatever is on the screen to the printer.  With the new graphical interface that we use today (Windows), the Print Screen works differently.  When you press the Print Screen in any version of Windows, it sends the current screen to the clipboard.  You can then paste the image into an application, like Word, or Paint, or Photoshop.  If you just want to capture the active window and not the full screen, hold down the ALT key while you press Print Screen.  If you use the print screen to capture an image and then paste it into Microsoft Word, you can crop the parts of the image that you don't want by using the Crop tool in the Pictures Toolbar.

If you want a better way to capture screens, or parts of screens, use Grabber2K.  It is a freeware application available here:  http://www.torry.net/util_graphics.htm

 

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