5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2010 9:48 AM by vea1083
vea1083 Level 3 Level 3
How can you take a screenshot of your desktop while booted in Windows 7? There's no print screen button in my Macbook Pro keyboard.

2.53GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro 15" (Mid-2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 500GB HDD @ 7200rpm, 4GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM, Intel HD + Nvidia 330m with 256MB
  • b noir Level 9 Level 9
    Do you have at least a 7 Home premium, vea? If so, perhaps try a full-screen snip:

    [Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots|http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture- screen-shots]
  • vea1083 Level 3 Level 3
    I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Thanks, I will check the link later.
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7

    you might also wanna check the keyboard mappings for BootCamp Windows as decribed in here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1220

    The "PrintScreen" button is mapped to a "fnshiftF11" key-combo.


  • ReMacs Level 2 Level 2
    The PrtScn button for Mac Alu. Keybd. is F14 above Home button with coffee stain. This is Not your answer.

    In Windows 7 from Start button->All Programs->Accessories->Ease of Access->On-Screen Keyboard has a big PrtScn button. Still not your answer but useful.

    From Start->Help and Support; search argument "Clipboard" yields:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Take-a-screen-capture-print-your-scr een

    Hints on reducing "Paint" size of jpg,png by pixel count. This is useful if screen setting is at full resolution; 1920x1080 setting will make a large picture, blah blah Etc.

    When you do find the key, the following script will "paste" result of your pressing PrtScn to desktop like Mac 's Cmd-Shft-3. Though not as good as Mac method, I prefer this to Snipping when less interaction, need for speed: Live TV, Video etc.

    You can copy text between the ++ lines into(paste) a (Desktop) RightClick New->TextDocument and rename it to PasteScn.vbs .....You can run this from your desktop or move it somewhere, create a shortcut to desktop.

    In Windows 7, I have it in MyToolbar (create by right click Taskbar->Toolbars->New Toolbar) not to be confused with Taskbar where Pins are on left side of taskbar. If you pin it to the taskbar, OS adds a script icon within making it necessary to run shortcut by right click selection which is too slow.

    Then whenever you've done PrtScn, you click on the PasteScn icon & Picture(n).jpg will be sent to Desktop.
    Occasionally I've had the paste invoke do nothing, perhaps because of clipboard activity. Solution is to hit PrtScn again.

    If anyone knows how to include script for the PrtScn key function, we would have as good as what we got in Mac.

    delay = 300
    paintWindowTitle = "untitled - Paint"

    set shl = createObject("wscript.Shell")
    set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.fileSystemObject")
    desktopFolder = shl.specialFolders("desktop")
    if right(desktopFolder, 1) "\" then
    desktopFolder = desktopFolder & "\"
    end if

    i = 1
    filePath = desktopFolder & "Picture" & i & ".jpg"
    if not fso.fileExists(filePath) then exit do
    i = i + 1

    shl.run "mspaint"
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.appActivate paintWindowTitle
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.sendKeys "^v"
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.sendKeys "^s"
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.sendKeys filePath
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.sendKeys "%s"
    wscript.sleep delay
    shl.sendKeys "%{f4}"
  • vea1083 Level 3 Level 3
    Well I used the snipping tool to take my screen shot. Thank You for your helpful suggestions.

    I will mark this question as closed.