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You may be unable to use the PRINT SCREEN key from an MS-DOS command prompt, or an MS-DOS-based program. When you press the PRINT SCREEN key, the contents of the desktop are copied to the Clipboard.
When the PrtSc, and Alt+PrtSc reserved-key check boxes are not selected, they do not return the PRINT SCREEN reserved key operation to the command window. From either a command prompt, or in an MS-DOS-based program, these check boxes are located on the Misc tab, in the properties of a command window.
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
In some cases the command window content may not be sufficient to force the PRINT SCREEN operation. There is no form-feed function for PRINT SCREEN, and you may have to use the PRINT SCREEN key combination multiple times in order to print.
IMPORTANT: If the MS-DOS-based program responds to the ALT key, such as MS-DOS Editor, the PRINT SCREEN operation does not send the output to the default printer. The ALT+PRINT SCREEN key combination only works for programs that do not respond to the ALT key as a command. If the program responds to the ALT key as a command, you will need to use either Method 2 or Method 3.
Method 2Create a .pif file on a computer that is running either Microsoft Windows 95, or Microsoft Windows 98, and then copy this .pif file to a computer that is running Microsoft Windows 2000.
PIF is too large to load. Check to ensure the file is a PIF.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.