How to PRINT SCREEN on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Computer
Why doesn't that Print Screen key
To make Print Screen work, you must save an image of what's displayed
on-screen to the clipboard and then paste it into a document
where it can be printed.
Help: Print Screen
To do this, follow this procedure:
1. Maximize the window you'd like to capture.
2. To copy/capture the current window, hold down ALT +
Print Scrn at the same time. To capture the
entire screen, just press Print
3. Open a new document in MS Word, MS Photo Editor, or Adobe PhotoShop.
4. Paste the screen shot by holding down CTRL and V at
the same time.
5. Print the document when you're finished pasting screen shots.
Looking for an all-in-one Print Screen Tool that also sends the picture to your printer ?
I have tested the following products in April and May 2009. There were about 7 print screen programs in total that I tested. I am only listing the ones that I would personally recommend or want to warn people about. I can assure you that I do not work for any of these companies and receive no compensation from them. Send any feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks for visiting!
|Snagit by TechSmith for Win2000, XP, Vista
Rating: 4½ [Reliable, a less affordable solution, many features, some features require Flash]
Pros: Ability to capture regions or isolate specific elements on a screen or open window. Features include Flash hotlinking popups and ability to resize the image. Good output ability. Ability to write text and place arrows on the screenshot is a huge plus for some users.
Cons: Price is higher than other products evaluated. The purpose of some fuctions are not immediately clear but can be learned pretty fast. Many users may not have a need or ability to support Flash features.
Usability/Errors: No errors found. The interface is busy but this is necessary for so many features.
Support: Next-day response. TechSmith does a nice job presenting "How to" information.
Cost: Price is a bit higher than other products evaluated.
Evaluation Download: Not available here. Visit their website directly to download a free trial.
Summary: I found TechSmith's Snagit to have the most features of any product on the market.
|Print Screen by robsoftware Win2000, XP, Vista
Rating: 3½ out of 5 [Reliable, simple to use, limited features, Does not rely on Flash]
Pros: Easy to use. Immediately after download I was able jump right in and start printing-out screenshot pages.
Cons: Features are limited. If all you want is to generate a printed page of a visible screen then this product is a reliable solution and should probably get a 4+ rating. It does not have the ability to isolate portions of the screen, write text on the image or modification. Output formats are limited.
Usability/Errors: The interface is easy for anyone to learn. An icon appears in the taskbar to easily adjust settings. No errors.
Support: Same-day response. The company replied within 20 minutes of my e-mail.
Cost: Comparable with other print screen products but without as many features.
Evaluation Download: Not available here. Visit their website.
Summary: The easiest print screen tool to use. I recommend it if you are simply wanting to print your entire screen with nothing fancy included.
Sorry. American Systems Website has been down for an extended period of time.
|Print Screen Deluxe by American Systems
Rating: - POOR / UNRELIABLE
Pros: This product has a lot of great print screen features to accomplish a wide range of tasks when it works.
Cons: A serious error in Windows prevents a user from upgrading. The program actually crashes and is unusable at that point. There doesn't appear to be any technical support. Use at your own risk.
Usability/Errors: Poor. The user interface looks outdated. A critical error was noted upon upgrade. A window pops up titled, "Unable to open the remote configuration file" and "The operation Timed out". When you click the "Okay" button it continues to freeze-up with an hour glass that never seems to go away. Tested on Windows XP and Vista.
Support: Poor. American Systems did not respond to 5 support e-mails and never called back over a coarse of 4 weeks.
Cost: Comparable with other print screen products. Obviously the price does not include technical support.
Evaluation Download: No Longer Offered Here
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