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#1 JaCHyde

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I'm on Windows 7 and have run into the annoyance of my PrtScn key actually bringing up the print dialog box to print. It still copies the screen to the clipboard for a paste into paint, but I can't figure out why it's bringing up the dialog to print or how to turn that off. I have seen it before maybe 8 years ago on Windows XP but do not remember what was done to correct it. When I try to search, I just find posts about it not working or how to turn the whole screen capture function off for the PrtScn button. Has anyone else run into this?
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

If I'm not mistaken. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. The functionality of Print Screen as we know it in XP was replaced by the Snipping Tool in Windows 7. Therefore the result you see now is the way it's intended to work in Windows 7. The Snipping Tool in Windows 7 should give you the results you are looking for with the Print Screen functionality in XP.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

Hi,

@ Animal - My Windows 7 Print Screen key works like XP's. It captures the Desktop and sends it to Clipboard.

@ JaCHyde - I'm not sure what is causing of your problem. Like you, I haven't found any good information so far, other than it shouldn't be happening.
The Windows 7 Snipping Tool, as Animal suggested is a good alternative until you find a solution.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

@Artrooks

Thank you for adding a reply. Much appreciated. I don't have Win 7 so I could only go with what information I was told by others. Thats why i was open to being corrected by someone who knew first hand.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:17 PM

Another option is to use a different print screen program. I use Screenhunter Free. I like it because it captures the screen without having to open Paint and paste it there. Like Paint they can be edited. There is a bit of a learning curve to it but is not difficult to figure out. I usually leave it running in the background and use the keyboard shortcut to capture the image. I also have it set to send all shots to a Screenhunter folder I created.

I know this doesn't solve your issue but it is an alternative until you get the issue resolved.




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