“PrtScn” is a useful function that everyone probably uses. Let’s say, while working on a project or playing a computer game, you need to take a screenshot (a screenshot of the PC screen), and this function just allows you to take it in a matter of seconds. Then the resulting screenshot can be edited in a graphics editor, for example, in “Paint”, and used for the desired purposes. However, sometimes it may happen that when you press “PrtScn” nothing happens, and, therefore, there is no screenshot. Why is this happening, and how to get rid of this problem?
How to check if the print screen key is working
It is necessary to press the “PrtScn” key, then open the “Paint” program, right-click and press “Paste” in the context menu. Alternatively, you can simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V. If no image appears, then the key does not work.
If the printscreen does not work, then you can use other key combinations as an alternative, namely:
- ALT + PrintScreen. Takes a screenshot of the current window.
- Win + PrintScreen. Takes a screenshot and immediately saves it in the “Screenshots” folder located in the user’s profile.
- Fn + PrintScreen. Used on laptops.
Checking F Mode or F Lock Key Activation
Sometimes the “PrtScn” key does not work due to the activation of keys such as F Mode and F Lock. If these keys are present on the keyboard, you should disable them by simply pressing one of them.
Stopping background programs that prevent you from taking a screenshot
Some background programs such as “Dropbox”, “OneDrive” and “Snippet Tool” may interfere with taking a screenshot using “PrtScr” for their own purposes.
To close them, you need:
- Press the key combination “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to launch the “Task Manager”.
- Find the above programs, first click the left mouse button on the desired one, then right-click and click “End task” in the context menu that appears.
Updating outdated keyboard drivers
In some cases, an outdated keyboard driver is the cause of the print screen not working. It needs to be updated in the following way:
- Press the key combination “Win + X” and in the window that appears, click on “Device Manager”
- Find “Keyboards” among the list of devices, and then double-click on this item.
- Select the “Standard PS / 2 Keyboard” option.
- Right-click and select “Update driver” from the context menu.
- Then click “Search automatically for updated drivers and wait for the update.
It is also recommended that you update your Windows operating system to the most recent version. To do this, you just need to: press the key combination “Win + l” and select “Update and Security”.
Then click on “Check for updates”. And if there is an update available, click “Download and Install Now”
Have you encountered such a problem?