Windows 10: Print Screen Button Solved

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  1.    08 Jun 2018 #1

    Print Screen Button


    Hi All

    On my old laptops keyboard the Print Screen button was on the main keyboard and even when I changed how the F keys work in the Bios I had no problem as Prt Sc was the default action for that button.

    On my new laptop though I noticed that the Print Screen button now shares space with the END key but it's on the Calculator side of the keyboard. Problem is the default for this button is END rather then Print Screen. I have to use the FN button to use Print Screen.

    Is there any way to control the options for just this one button as I want to leave my F keys as the default as I use F Keys as hotkeys in some games but I really would like the Print Screen option to be the default for that key.

    So is there a way to reverse that one key or am I stuck with it being defaulted to END?

    If so how do I swap this one keys default?

    Thanks
    Dave
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  2.    08 Jun 2018 #2

    Is there any way to control the options for just this one button as I want to leave my F keys as the default as I use F Keys as hotkeys in some games but I really would like the Print Screen option to be the default for that key.

    I have an HP where you can swap the F functions but it all or none. Maybe someone can suggest a Print Screen shortcut or you can use a separate program like Lightshot or Snipping tool for cutouts. Good Luck
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  3.    08 Jun 2018 #3

    Yeah see on my old HP the F keys were not connected with the PrtSc button as I could use the PrtSc button as default no matter how the F keys were set up but on this one the button isn't even on the main key section of the keyboard but on the right calculator area so unsure how that's all linked up with it.

    I know someone said might be a ONE DRIVE setting as I know I did get a pop up for that but that wasn't the issue as the box in that was already unchecked so was not the issue.
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       09 Jun 2018 #4

    Dave,

    I looked into this subject a while ago because one of my computers has PrntScrn sharing the same key as turning WiFi on/off. I never found any solution.
    - I tried out SharpKeys [a key reallocation utility] but it did not help because it cannot tell the difference between PrntScrn & Fn-PrntScrn.
    - SharpKeys, like other applications, just sees the results not the keypress itself - it sees PrntScrn function or WiFi toggle function [not PrntScrn keypress or Fn-PrntScrn keypress].

    However, I hardly ever use PrntScrn these days.
    - The 'Screenshot' key combination WinKey-PrntScrn works without my having to use the Fn key with it.
    - Windows is clearly blind to any need for the Fn key within this particular key combination.
    - Screenshots take the same image as the PrntScrn key does but Screenshots automatically saves the images as files in your Screenshots folder.
    - By default the Screenshots folder is created in your Pictures folder the first time you use Screenshots but it can then be relocated elsewhere [mine is now using my Desktop instead].

    There are several TenForums tutorials about PrntScrn & its alternatives including Screenshots but using any alternative will be more complicated than having to use Fn-PrntScrn [apart from WinKey-PrntScrn which is equally as complicated/easy as Fn-PrntScrn].
    Take Screenshot
    How to Record and Take Screenshots with Game Bar
    Turn On Use Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping [Build 17661+]
    How to Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip [Build 17661+]

    I sometimes use NirCmd shortcuts as an alternative for PrntScrn - xxxxx\nircmd.exe sendkeypress printscreen This acts as PrntScrn even though I have not used the Fn key. But, again, however you set the shortcuts up it is more work than just pressing Fn-PrntScrn.
    {{I actually use xxxxx\nircmd.exe sendkeypress rwin+printscreen normally because this takes a Screenshot and I find them more convenient. I just tested it without rwin to make sure I was not writing rubbish here.}}

    Denis
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       09 Jun 2018 #5

    I've used PrntScrn since the days it would actually send the screen contents to a parallel-port printer but that changed in Win95. Win10 has a feature that is proving better for me than PrntScrn then open Paint and Paste, it's called Snipping Tool and is in Start, W, Windows Accessories. I pin it to the Taskbar for quicker access. But that doesn't speak to changing the key assignment which may be difficult as it is a hardware thing.
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  6.    09 Jun 2018 #6

    Try3 said: View Post
    Dave,

    I looked into this subject a while ago because one of my computers has PrntScrn sharing the same key as turning WiFi on/off. I never found any solution.
    - I tried out SharpKeys [a key reallocation utility] but it did not help because it cannot tell the difference between PrntScrn & Fn-PrntScrn.
    - SharpKeys, like other applications, just sees the results not the keypress itself - it sees PrntScrn function or WiFi toggle function [not PrntScrn keypress or Fn-PrntScrn keypress].

    However, I hardly ever use PrntScrn these days.
    - The 'Screenshot' key combination WinKey-PrntScrn works without my having to use the Fn key with it.
    - Windows is clearly blind to any need for the Fn key within this particular key combination.
    - Screenshots take the same image as the PrntScrn key does but Screenshots automatically saves the images as files in your Screenshots folder.
    - By default the Screenshots folder is created in your Pictures folder the first time you use Screenshots but it can then be relocated elsewhere [mine is now using my Desktop instead].

    There are several TenForums tutorials about PrntScrn & its alternatives including Screenshots but using any alternative will be more complicated than having to use Fn-PrntScrn [apart from WinKey-PrntScrn which is equally as complicated/easy as Fn-PrntScrn].
    Take Screenshot
    How to Record and Take Screenshots with Game Bar
    Turn On Use Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping [Build 17661+]
    How to Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip [Build 17661+]

    I sometimes use NirCmd shortcuts as an alternative for PrntScrn - xxxxx\nircmd.exe sendkeypress printscreen This acts as PrntScrn even though I have not used the Fn key. But, again, however you set the shortcuts up it is more work than just pressing Fn-PrntScrn.
    {{I actually use xxxxx\nircmd.exe sendkeypress rwin+printscreen normally because this takes a Screenshot and I find them more convenient. I just tested it without rwin to make sure I was not writing rubbish here.}}

    Denis
    Yeah see my case I take alot of screen shots in game so when I am being fired upon or trying to get that shot off right and I need a quick screen shot would prefer not having to use multiple keys on top of the game keys as just confusing. So reason I was hoping I could remap the key or something.
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  7.    09 Jun 2018 #7

    Berton said: View Post
    I've used PrntScrn since the days it would actually send the screen contents to a parallel-port printer but that changed in Win95. Win10 has a feature that is proving better for me than PrntScrn then open Paint and Paste, it's called Snipping Tool and is in Start, W, Windows Accessories. I pin it to the Taskbar for quicker access. But that doesn't speak to changing the key assignment which may be difficult as it is a hardware thing.
    Never used this before does it have a way to paste a screen shot into it in the background as would be most likely an in game screen shot if I do take them. So would be easier if that was possible just curious!
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       09 Jun 2018 #8

    Dave1776 said: View Post
    Never used this before does it have a way to paste a screen shot into it in the background as would be most likely an in game screen shot if I do take them. So would be easier if that was possible just curious!
    Don't know about that, not a gamer. I've been using it to get parts of a screen for pasting into forum replies.
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  9.    09 Jun 2018 #9

    Berton said: View Post
    Don't know about that, not a gamer. I've been using it to get parts of a screen for pasting into forum replies.
    OK yeah so might not work then. Might have to see if remapping that key is possible. First time I have ever seen this key where it is and how it is set up and is so irritating just being one key and one I use frequently.
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  10.    09 Jun 2018 #10

    Hi, this Autohotkey line

    F1:: send {PrintScreen}

    lets you do PrtSc with one key, remapping it to F1

    Of course you can choose a different key rather than F1. See
    Remapping Keys and Buttons
    List of Keys and Mouse/Joystick Buttons for Hotkeys and Macros
    for example.

    Now End is supposed to represent the End key- I tried that in place of F1, but nothing happened.

    To play, install autohotkey (free); put the line in test.ahk for example, and double click it.

    You can compile the ahk file by rt click, Compile to create an exe.
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