February 24, 2007 Ian Luke Kane

Using PrintScreen in Boot Camp: MacBook Pro

(Image by Laughing Squid)

(Image by Laughing Squid)

I just spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to take screen shots in Windows XP on my MacBook Pro (using Boot Camp). I thought I would write up the simplest answer of how to do this, in the sense that you don’t have to install anything or remap your keyboard. Here’s all you have to do:

Under the Start menu, select All Programs, then Accessories, then Accessibility, and then On-Screen Keyboard. When you do this the Windows XP on-screen keyboard will appear on your screen. This on-screen utility includes the PrintScreen button (labelled psc in the same position as where the F13 key should be located. That’s it.

If you want to take a screen shot of only the active window (using the Alt+psc command), make sure that the on-screen keyboard isn’t in the area of the active window, otherwise it will be included in the screen shot.

Anyway, I searched around for far too long to find that little piece of information, so hopefully someone in the same predicament will easily be able to find this post (and the answer)! Since the Apple external keyboards actually include the F13 key (while the MacBook and MacBook Pro built-in keyboards do not), you can use PrintScreen slightly easier with the plugged-in keyboard.

UPDATE: As pointed out by Stuart in the comments below, if you’re using Boot Camp v. 1.3, Fn + F11 now maps to print screen. You can print only the active window with Option + Fn + F11. Thanks for the tip!

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Comments (96)

  1. phleghmatic

    On an Apple External Keyboard, it’s now F14, option+F14 for just the window.

    It’s F11 on a laptop keyboard.

  2. Pelle

    Hi. I tried various combinations but none worked for me running Windows 7 Ultimate on Mac Book Pro with BootCamp 3.1. However, thanks for the inspiration, I found that Alt+Shift+fn+F12 worked! 🙂 So thank you guys, hope this will help people running Windows 7 in Boot Camp.

  3. Ken

    I have been trying to figure this out for ages, thanks!

    For Windows 7 in bootcamp, I think the onscreen keyboard is the only way.

  4. Lucy

    After hours of wasted time with browser plugins this has done the trick. I was trying to screengrab from YouTube and the videos just show as black on everything else. This worked perfectly. Thank you!

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