how to enable print screen in windows XP

March 2, 2013 at 07:04:58
Specs: Windows XP
Print screen no longer works. I am tired of all the bulls--- I get asking this question. All the answers I get have nothing to do with this simple problem. All I need to know is what I have to change to make print screen work.

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March 2, 2013 at 07:12:17
As this is your first post, it's difficult to think that you have been getting bull from this site. I think you might find that a simple, polite, clearly stated question with details of OS and software being used plus details of your computer and printer (parallel port, usb, network - does normal printing work?) would be more likely to get a useful answer than a demand with "attitude".

In the meantime, a quick Google of "print screen not working" provides a host of links. Here's one you might like to look at:

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March 2, 2013 at 07:32:43
Bear in mind that pressing print screen doesn't actually print anything. The screen is placed in a buffer which then has to be pasted into a graphics application in order to see it..


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March 2, 2013 at 08:19:47
As Stuart stated, pressing "Print Screen" doesn't cause anything to print. All it does is capture what is on the screen. If you know how to copy/paste, 'print screen' is similar to 'copy'. You have to 'paste' the captured screenshot to a program, then print from there.

Try this:
- press the Print Screen key
- go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint
- when Paint opens up, click Edit > Paste

You can then print from there or you can save the screenshot as a .bmp, .jpg, etc

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March 2, 2013 at 11:49:59
Usually with this type of post they never come back. Maybe this one will be an exception.

If you already know how the Print Screen key works then maybe your Print Screen key is defective.

1. Have you tried another keyboard?
2. Is the information appearing in your clipboard viewer after using the key?
3. When was it last working?

This sort of information is more useful than ranting about others.

There is nothing you normally have to change to get this function.
If it is not working then you have a fault which requires diagnosis.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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