How to Print What Is on the Computer Screen?

By Ryan Bauer

Printing what's on your computer screen can be useful for a number of different purposes, such as demonstrating the functionality of software or printing from programs that do not have a standard print function. On older computers, pressing the "Print Scrn" key on the keyboard sent the current contents of the screen directly to the printer. That simple process no longer works on modern computers, but with a few additional steps, printing what's on the screen is quick and easy.

Step 1

Take a screenshot of the screen by pressing the "Print Scrn" button, which is usually located close to the F12 key. To take a screenshot of only one window or program, click on the window to make sure it's selected and hold down "Alt" while pressing "Print Scrn."

Step 2

Open a graphic editing program, such as Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop. Click on "Edit" at the top of the screen, followed by "Paste" to insert the image. The keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" + "V" can also be used.

Step 3

Click "File" at the top of the screen, then "Print." Select your printer from the drop-down list, enter the number of copies you want to print, and click "OK" to begin the printing process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Microsoft Paint can be accessed by clicking "Start", then "All Programs", "Accessories", "Paint".

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