Print Screen Key and Its Use
The Print Screen Key may appear differently depending on the manufacturer of the keyboard. (Prt Sc / Print Screen) The standard position is at the upper right hand corner of the keyboard. When pressed, the key sends the current screen image to the computer clipboard.(the invisible holding area for content that is copied). Open a programme (Word pad, MS Word document, Open Office Writer, E mail, graphics programme etc) and place the cursor where the copy is to appear. Use the keyboard, Ctrl + V (or Edit > Paste) to paste the screenshot into your open document.
If required, do another Print Screen and paste that also into the document. This action can be completed as many times as necessary to record all actions taken. Generally only one Print Screen can be held on the Clip Board at the one time. It is possible to print from the document if not required for future use. Save (Ctrl + S) (or File > Save) the document if required for future reference. It is possible to copy the print screen document to a flash drive to bring it to a Club Meeting to help explain some action that is taking place on your computer at home, and seek help or an explanation with a problem.
Clicking the Alt Key and the Print Screen Key together will copy only the current active window from the screen. As previously, paste copy to a document.
Computers without an additional programme installed will only keep the last copied item on the clipboard. Paste the copy to clear the clipboard before doing the next Print Screen or copy.
There are programmes available (generally at a cost) that will print directly to a printer after using the print screen key.