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This article summarizes the Print Screen capabilities in Microsoft Windows. The following topics are discussed:
The PRINT SCREEN key combinations behave differently when you run an MS-DOS-based application full screen than when the application is windowed.
Full-Screen MS-DOS-Based Application (Windows 3.x and Windows 95)Pressing the PRINT SCREEN key or ALT+PRINT SCREEN captures the entire screen and places the text in the Clipboard. If your MS-DOS-based application runs in text mode, the data is copied to the Clipboard as straight ASCII text. If the MS-DOS-based application runs in graphics mode, the data is copied to the Clipboard as a bitmap.
Windows-Based and Windowed MS-DOS-Based Applications (Windows 3.x and Windows 95)When you are using Windows-based or windowed MS-DOS-based applications, pressing the PRINT SCREEN key copies the entire screen to the Clipboard. Pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN copies the image of the current window to the Clipboard.
Modifying the Image (Windows 3.x and Windows 95)
If you only want a portion of the window, or you want to modify the graphic, you can paste the image into Paintbrush, make modifications if you choose, and then copy a portion or all of the image back to the Clipboard. The image can also be saved as a .BMP or .PCX file at this point.
Print Screen from MS-DOS-Based Application to Printer Using Windows (Windows 3.x)When you are running Windows in 386 enhanced mode you can print an MS-DOS-based application's screen contents directly to a printer, by doing the following:
If you clear the PrtSc and Alt+PrtSc check boxes, nothing happens. If you do not disable these shortcut keys, the screen or current application's screen is copied to the Clipboard.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows version 3.0 in real and standard modes, and in Windows 3.1 in standard mode. We are researching this problem and will post new information here as it becomes available.
Printing a Windows-Based Application Screen to a Printer (Windows 3.x)You cannot print a screen image to a printer from a Windows-based application by using the PRINT SCREEN key. However, you can copy the image to Paintbrush and print the image. You can automate this process by creating a Recorder macro.
To write a macro that captures a screen image from a Windows application to the Clipboard and then prints through Paintbrush, do the following:
NOTE: You cannot print another screen until Paintbrush has finished printing the first one to Print Manager.