How to Print Screen in Boot Camp

Dec 19, 2011 - 4 Comments

Mac Keyboard

Macs don’t have a “Print Screen” button like their Windows PC keyboard counterparts, but taking screenshots from a Mac that is booted into Windows by way of Boot Camp is easy with a few keyboard shortcuts:

  • Capture Full Screen: FN+Shift+F11
  • Capture Front Window: FN+Option+Shift+F11

Note that on some larger Apple keyboards Boot Camp maps F14 as the printscr button instead, allowing you to just hit F14 for the full screen or Option+F14 to grab a window. Also, some keyboards label the function key as “fn” and the option key as “alt”.

These keystrokes are mapped to the Windows Print Screen function, and the screenshot will be copied into the clipboard which can then be pasted for use elsewhere. It’s not quite as convenient as having the screen capture saved directly to the desktop, but that’s just the way it works in the Windows world.

Nice tip from MacTrast, who notes that you can also tweak a setting in Windows to remove the necessity of hitting the function key.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks


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  1. ARG says:

    Really Helpful THANK YOU!

  2. andrew says:

    “It’s not quite as convenient as having the screen capture saved directly to the desktop” – really!?!?

    NO ONE uses likes using keyboard and remember all kind of shortcuts for the most BASIC functions!

    One DELETE key, ONE insert key, ONE PRINT KEY!
    get a life macmoloz…

    • BBP says:

      Andrew, rather than insulting people using Mac, learn to read to topic…

      We are talking of a key used by a specific OS on a computer normally used to run another OS for which this key is not necessary. Following your logic, the Command key should not exist, because it is not supported in Windows.

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