Solved Windows 7 Print Screen button does not work.

October 20, 2013 at 07:03:26
Specs: Windows 7
I have a dell e6400 desktop, running windows 7. Print Screen feature does not work. What else can I do?

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October 20, 2013 at 07:49:38
The 'Print screen' feature simply copies the screen to the clipboard. You need to open your favorite word processor and paste the clipboard contents there and then print from the processor.

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October 20, 2013 at 10:33:42
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See the link below to learn how to use the snipping tool.

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October 20, 2013 at 21:34:32
Yes, but the problem is that the print screen button does not work.

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October 21, 2013 at 04:19:57
Are you hitting Print Screen and then Control-C (copy), then pasting it (Control-V) into a document to actually print or save? Without the Copy function, the print screen function appears to do nothing.

There is a possibility that the keyboard has a bad key.

The Snipping Tool is probably more useful today than the Print Screen function is so look into that Windows 7 feature (as above) as well.

Note that the Print Screen button is a hold over from DOS and probably 90% of Windows users today do not know what that key does on their keyboard. I never used the feature myself until 11 years ago when changing jobs since they used it to copy computer program errors for filing in case an error began repeating itself or caused other problems that needed to be traced. The practice was a hold over from an even older computer system that was DOS based that they had moved away from a year or two earlier.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 21, 2013 at 04:25:15
How do you know it doesn't work? Have you looked in the clipboard?

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October 21, 2013 at 04:57:58
Excellent solution, thank you!

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October 21, 2013 at 05:03:25
I printed out what you said and will check it out! Thanks! In the mean time I am using the snipping tool as someone else advised.

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October 21, 2013 at 06:18:31
I just now tested Print Screen on my computer, and it worked
perfectly on the first try. I started my graphics program, exited it,
hit the PrtScr key (and NOTHING else), went back to my graphics
program, and hit Ctrl-V. An image of the whole screen.

Ed said to use your favorite word processor, so I also opened
Wordpad and hit Ctrl-V, and it worked, too.

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit, SP1, standard 104-key
Kensington keyboard.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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