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Minky33 Level 1 (0 points)

I am a teacher who uses a MacBook that runs on windows!! I use the macs in school and can easily do screen grabs with apple shift and 4, some of the keyboards are windows and it's easy to do it then too on macs. But I've tried everything on my MacBook and nothing works!! Can somebody help?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    Are you running Boot Camp or a VM such as Parallels or VMware Fusion? What version of Windows do you have? I know you can use Alt-Print Screen in XP but I've never tried it (I have no idea what the "Print Screen" key would be on a Mac keyboard - maybe someone else does?)


    It's something similar in Windows 7, as well, using the PrtScn function. Try Googling it for your particular OS  and maybe someone here knows if there's a way to use the Mac keyboard for PrtScn.


    Oh, and I Googled the PrtScn funtion for Mac's - the solutions say to use the F13 key - and I don't have an F13 on my MacBook Pro!



  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    If you are using Parallels, you can use the Devices/Keyboard menu item and select PrintScreen - or just keep using  apple-shift-4 and dump it to the Mac's Desktop (that's what I do, as most times I need a Windows screen shot I would be using it on the Mac)

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    That's what I do using Parallels, as well. I'm afraid the OP may be running Boot Camp. We'll wait and see...



  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (13,457 points)

    If you are asking about screen capture while running Windows 7 from a Boot Camp partition, in Windows click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.


    Your post is not clear about when you want to do a screen capture or what operating system you are using when you want to do it.

  • Courcoul Level 6 (12,965 points)

    Surprisingly, not a single mention has been made of Grab, the default screen capture application included in MacOS X and located in Utilities. Can capture the screen, a window or an arbitrary selection, with the grab saved in uncompressed TIFF format. Besides grabbing from Mac apps, I've had no problem doing the same from other OS's running on VMWare Fusion or Oracle VirtualBox.


    Of course, if you're running the "gem" from Redmond via BootCamp, you will be constrained to the tools offered by the thing.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    I tried Gtab a few times - though not recently - and found that I preferred the keyboard method. Unless you have Grab running all the time, you can't do a quickie.

  • Minky33 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry for my ignorance!!!

    My Macbook doesnt run on parallels it was taken off, the OS is windows XP, so when i log on to my macbook i only ever see microsoft windows and software. 

    I need to do screen grabs when i am working in Photoshop - i make the kids helpsheets with info on.

    I have looked at windows, start, all programs, assessories and there isnt an option for snipping tool.


    So any keyboard shortcut would be great, if i get to the bottom of this i will be a very happy ladyd!! thanks

  • JoeyR Level 6 (8,280 points)

    You're going to need to download and install a screen capture utility (there are many free options).  This will let you do the screen capture with the application vs. having to use the Print Screen key.  Some of them will still allow you to use the Print Screen key to launch the application, but they can also be manually launched:


  • Minky33 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also it's the MacBook so no print screen key or f13 on the keyboard!! There will be a PRIZE for the first person who can get me sorted!!!!;)

  • JoeyR Level 6 (8,280 points)

    There are several free options for programs you can install which will not require the use of the Print Screen key.  I included the link in my previous post.

  • Minky33 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks joeyr, I've mailed myself the link, let's hope the IT admin will let me download at work Tom!! Fingers crossed

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)



    I use Grab quite frequently... I have it running now. It does work in Parallels, I know, but the OP is running Boot Camp, I think...



  • MikeInTaos Level 1 (0 points)

    When using an external keyboard, the F13 key is what you need, but I don't have mine handy right now so I cannot test what works to capture the entire Windows screen and what captures just the current window, but using just the keyboard of my 2011 MBP running Mountain Lion and Windows 7 Ultimate under VMWare Fusion , I use:


    Command+Option+Fn+F12 to capture the current window


    Alt+Fn+F12 to capture the entire Windows screen

  • LowLuster Level 6 (12,065 points)

    Are you sure you are running Windows XP. That would mean you have a older Macbook Pro.


    In Windows 7 there is the Snipping Tool. In XP you will need some Add-On program. I don't know of any but a google search should turn up a few.

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