How to Print Screen on a Laptop

To many Windows laptop users, the Print Screen key seems to be useless. Sitting on the upper right side of the keyboard, it doesn't do anything when you press it. Or does it? While it doesn't cause the screen to print directly to the printer--the name is a carryover from DOS systems, in which it did just that--it does enable you to print the image on your screen.

Step

If you want to print everything you see on your laptop's monitor, press Print Screen. If you want to print only the active window, press Alt + Print Screen.

Step

Open the Paint program on your laptop. Paint can be found by pressing "Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint." It is a standard program included with most Windows systems.

Step

Open a new file in Paint by going to "File>New." Press Edit>Paste or Ctrl + V. The image you captured from your monitor will appear in Paint.

Step

Save the file by going to "File>Save As." In Windows XP and later, the file can be saved as a BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF or PNG.

Step

Print the document by going to "File>Print." Make sure the correct printer is selected in the dialog box and press "Print."