How To: Boot Camp – Taking Screenshots in Windows 7 With an Apple Keyboard

Posted in How To on 14/12/2011 by Mark Greentree


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How To: Boot Camp РTaking Screenshots in Windows 7 With an Apple Keyboard

If you have ever needed to take a screenshot in Windows 7 whilst using Boot Camp on your Mac with the Apple supplied keyboard you may find it difficult to perform this function.

Print Screen is a term used in the Windows environment to explain and give the ability for users to capture the content visible on the screen.

On Windows compatible keyboards you will notice Print Screen is an actual button. On the Mac keyboards no button is assigned or labelled.

The good news is through a series of keystrokes you can perform the same function as Print Screen.

To capture the entire screen simply press Function (fn) + Shift + F11.

To capture the front most window press Option (alt) + Function (fn) + Shift + F11.

If you have your function keys mapped correctly in Windows you will be able to go without using the Function (fn) key. By default you will need to use it.

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  • sunny

    bt where the images are stored???

    • Michelle Smith

      Just paste into the Paint application

      • Donizen

        Did not work. Paste did not put the screen shot into Paint. Tried it several times.

  • Alex

    now what do I do if I have no F11 key? (or any F key for that matter..)

  • DJ

    Also, if you hold the Fn key and press the left, right, up, and down arrows you get Home, End, Page Up, Page Down accordingly. Additionally, if you hold the Fn key and press delete, it will act as a true “Delete” key rather than backspace. ~DJ

  • Banjo

    You are a star!!!

  • Julie

    Can’t find a function key either! Any advice?

  • Phil

    I held the Function key plus the Shift key plus the F11 key all together. Then I opened a Word document and hit Control plus V together (paste), and the screenshot pasted into the Word document.

  • mpabus

    Another option if you have Powerpoint (version 2010 or more recent):
    insert –> select the screen you want to capture

    It then automatically pastes the screenshot in Powerpoint, and you have the picture.

    • stan_d_man

      It worked…thanks.

  • scollege

    Sadly, doesn’t work for me. Nor does just about every other key combination suggested out there.

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  • ricky

    this is old and all but it only works if you used the LEFT SHIFT key

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  • SasR4nd0m

    If Nothing Works Go To Windows (Where U Shutdown Menu) And Type “Snipping Tool”, Select What U Want To Paste, And Here U Go!

  • whch11

    I worked perfect thanks

  • ivanmonroy

    Thank you very much.


Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of Everyday Mac Support. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is the lead host of Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.