Print Screen Features and Workarounds for Windows
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This article summarizes the Print Screen capabilities in MicrosoftWindows. The following topics are discussed:
- Full Screen MS-DOS-Based Application
- Windows-based and Windowed MS-DOS-Based Applications
- Modifying the Image
- Print Screen from MS-DOS-Based Application to Printer Using Windows
- Printing a Windows Application Screen to a Printer
The PRINT SCREEN key combinations behave differently when you run anMS-DOS-based application full screen than when the application iswindowed.
Full-Screen MS-DOS-Based Application (Windows 3.x and Windows 95)Pressing the PRINT SCREEN key or ALT+PRINT SCREEN captures the entirescreen and places the text in the Clipboard. If your MS-DOS-basedapplication runs in text mode, the data is copied to the Clipboard asstraight ASCII text. If the MS-DOS-based application runs in graphicsmode, the data is copied to the Clipboard as a bitmap.
Windows-Based and Windowed MS-DOS-Based Applications (Windows 3.x andWindows 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 theClipboard.
Modifying the Image (Windows 3.x and Windows 95)
If you only want a portion of the window, or you want to modify thegraphic, you can paste the image into Paintbrush, make modificationsif you choose, and then copy a portion or all of the image back to theClipboard. The image can also be saved as a .BMP or .PCX file at thispoint.
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 anMS-DOS-based application's screen contents directly to a printer, bydoing the following:
- Using PIF Editor, open the PIF file for the MS-DOS application from which you want to print the screen.
- Choose the Advanced button.
- In the Other Options box, select the PrtSc and Alt+PrtSc check boxes.
If you clear the PrtSc and Alt+PrtSc check boxes, nothing happens. Ifyou do not disable these shortcut keys, the screen or currentapplication's screen is copied to the Clipboard.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows version 3.0 inreal and standard modes, and in Windows 3.1 in standard mode. We areresearching this problem and will post new information here as itbecomes 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-basedapplication by using the PRINT SCREEN key. However, you can copy theimage to Paintbrush and print the image. You can automate this processby creating a Recorder macro.
To write a macro that captures a screen image from a Windowsapplication to the Clipboard and then prints through Paintbrush, dothe following:
- Minimize all applications except Program Manager.
- Run Paintbrush (do not minimize).
- From the Options menu, choose Image Attributes. In the Image Attributes dialog box, choose the Default button.
- Run File Manager (do not minimize).
- Run Recorder (do not minimize).
- Minimize Program Manager.
- From the Macro menu in Recorder, choose Record.
- Enter a macro name under Record Macro Name.
- Choose a shortcut key combination under Shortcut Key.
- Under Playback To, choose Any Application.
- Under Record Mouse, choose Ignore Mouse.
- Choose Start.
- Press PRINT SCREEN.
- Press CTRL+ESC.
- Press P+ENTER.
- Press ALT+V, then the O key.
- Press ALT+E, then the P key. Repeat this command once to paste the image into Paintbrush.
- Press ALT+V, then the I key.
- Press ALT+F, then the P key.
- Press ENTER.
- Press CTRL+ESC.
- Press DOWN ARROW.
- Press ENTER.
- Press CTRL+BREAK.
- Choose Save Macro.
- Choose OK.
- From the File menu in Recorder, choose Save.
- Enter the macro filename and press ENTER.
- Open Recorder.
- From the File menu, choose Open.
- Enter the macro filename and press ENTER (or set the macro up as an icon in Program Manager and execute it).
- Activate the Paintbrush window.
- Activate the window of another non-minimized application.
- Execute the macro by pressing the shortcut key combination you selected when you recorded the macro.
NOTE: You cannot print another screen until Paintbrush has finishedprinting the first one to Print Manager.
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Article ID: 60874 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 09:04:36 - Revision: 2.0
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