How to Do a Print Screen in Windows Explorer

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The Print Screen function in Windows captures an image of everything that appears on your computer monitor at any given point and posts the results to the clipboard. Making a screen capture can be a useful tool if you want to save a web page as an image, create visual aides for a program's help guide, or even capture the "Victory" screen on a game you're playing so you can brag to your friends. Luckily, it's easy to do and is even built right into your keyboard.

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Step 1

Make sure your computer screen looks exactly how you want it to be captured and has the appropriate windows or programs open.

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Step 2

Locate the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The location will depend on your keyboard manufacturer, but it should normally be in the upper-right hand corner. On desktop computers it often has the key all to itself and you can simply click on it; on laptops it may share the key with another function and you may have to press it while holding the Shift key or the "Fn" (Function) key. After you press it, the screen as it currently appears will be copied to the Windows clipboard.

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Step 3

Open up Paint or your favorite image manipulation program and create a new blank image.

Step 4

Click Edit > Paste or press Ctrl + V. The screen capture will appear in the program.

Step 5

Save the screen capture as an image file after making any of the desired changes.

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