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I don’t have a Print Screen button on my keyboard, which means I can’t take screenshots using the normal method — hitting Print Screen, pasting the image into Paint, and saving as a PNG. But there are other reasons for not using Print Screen for screenshots How to Take Videos & Screenshots of Games in Windows How to Take Videos & Screenshots of Games in Windows You want to document your game progress, but when you hit PrtSc on your keyboard, all you get is a snapshot of your desktop? Here's how to take video game screenshots. Read More , too.

Here are a few alternative methods you can use instead.

Method 1: Remap Print Screen

There are certain tools you can use, such as KeyTweak and SharpKeys, to remap keys in Windows. In this case, you’d remap some other button on your keyboard — like Power or Media Play — into Print Screen.

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I personally wouldn’t do this unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ll never use the remapped key, and even then I’d look to another method first. But if you want to learn more, check out our guide to remapping your keys Remapping: The Secret Software Solution To Increase Keyboard Productivity Remapping: The Secret Software Solution To Increase Keyboard Productivity Are you constantly hitting keys by mistake? Or do you need a keystroke or Mouse Action you are not able to execute. Unlock your keyboard with remapping software and make keys perform custom actions. Read More .

Method 2: Use the Snipping Tool

Windows comes with a built-in tool called the Snipping Tool You've Been Taking Screenshots the Slow Way All This Time You've Been Taking Screenshots the Slow Way All This Time Screenshots are slow if you're using Print Screen and Paint. Here's a built-in tool that's faster and more convenient! Read More . With it, you can snap quick screenshots of the entire screen, individual windows, or custom regions of the screen. It’s actually quite useful, but many don’t know about it.

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Open the Start Menu and search for “Snipping Tool” to launch it. Simple as that.

Method 3: Use a Third-Party Tool

This is my preferred alternative method. All you have to do is install a free screenshot tool 4 Best Tools For Creating Screenshots Compared 4 Best Tools For Creating Screenshots Compared CTRL + SHIFT + 4. Three keys - that's all you need for perfect screenshots. It doesn't need to be a hassle! Try these advanced screen capturing tools and you won't ever look back. Read More — I’m currently happy with Greenshot, but there are many others out there — and change its keyboard shortcut to whatever you want.

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My current setup is inspired by OS X:

  • Ctrl + Shift + 3 for a fullscreen screenshot.
  • Ctrl + Shift + 4 for a current window screenshot.

I have no Print Screen button but screenshots are easier than ever.

What’s your favorite way of taking a screenshot in Windows? Know of any other methods I missed? Share with us in the comments below!

  1. suzybel
    July 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I have a print screen button and use it. I can't remember how I set it up but it saves my screencap to OneDrive. So I have a shortcut to the folder and stick it wherever I like after I save the screencap. I used to use the paste to Paint option, but it's extra steps and a pain. I used Greenshot and a couple of others that had the option of a camera click sound so you knew for sure you got the screencap you wanted but I don't really want extra software.

  2. ryan shewmaker
    July 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Why go to the hassle of downloading more software when print screen already does what it's name implies?

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:09 am

      One reason: if your keyboard doesn't have Print Screen. :) Like right now, I'm bootcamping Windows on my Mac and this keyboard doesn't have one, lol.

  3. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    July 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I use JSHOT as it allows you append screen-shots together (vertically or horizontally) as you take them. It has a variety of capture methods including from clip cache and window.

    • Joel Lee
      July 4, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Cool, JSHOT is new to me. I'll check it out. :)

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