Though there are multiple ways to capture what’s on your screen, the Windows PrintScreen button is a tried-and-true favorite that doesn’t require any extra software. However, Dropbox can hijack this button and keep it from copying a screenshot to your clipboard. Here’s how to disable this option and reclaim the key.
Just installed @Dropbox for the first time ever. Likes to be involved, doesn't it? Even when I press Print Screen it's hijacking my session.
— Peter Gothard (@petergothard) August 10, 2015
Start Dropbox if you don’t already have it running at startup and find its icon in the system tray. Then, you need to open Dropbox’s preferences by clicking the icon, followed by Gear Icon > Preferences…
Under the Import tab, uncheck the Share screenshots using Dropbox option. Oddly enough this is enabled by default even though it’s confusing and totally changes the use of the PrintScreen key.
While this setting is on, anytime you press PrintSc, the screenshot is instantly saved into a Dropbox folder instead of being added to the clipboard – so when you try to paste, you end up pasting the previous item you copied instead of your new image.
Try it out – you should now be able to press PrintScreen and paste your image into Paint or another editor to work on. If you find this method too basic for your screenshot needs, try a more powerful screenshot tool.
I just realized that hitting PRINT SCREEN instantly saves a screenshot to Dropbox… and there's an entire folder my cat took by laying here
— Mark L. (@keklar) June 18, 2015
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