Boot Camp – Capture Screenshots in Windows With an Apple Keyboard

Posted in How To on 19/05/2017 by Mark Greentree

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If you ever need to take a screenshot in Windows whilst using Boot Camp on your Mac – and with the Apple supplied keyboard, you may find it difficult to perform this action. However, this scenario occurs more often than you might think. Today, we still see users requesting Google Search to help them with this task. For that reason, we updated this post to reflect the current state of events, keyboards, and practice.

“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. Specifically, on Windows compatible keyboards, you will notice Print Screen is an actual button. On the Mac keyboards no button is assigned or labelled that way.

The good news is through a series of keystrokes you can perform the same function as Print Screen. On a Mac, you might hear the language of how to screen capture or how to screenshot. 

Screenshot – Screen Capture – Print Screen in Windows on Mac

  • 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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Apple keyboard

FAQ:

Where is the F11 Key located?

We have many people asking about the location of the F11 key. Please look closely – it’s the third key from the top right corner, represented by the “lower the volume” speaker icon.

Where is the destination of the screen capture?

Once you hear the click sound when taking the screen capture,  the copy of your image is in your virtual clipboard. In order to retrieve it, you can open an application (such as Paint or Word) and use the “Paste command” to see, alter, or modify this capture. Further, you can save as a file in a location of your choosing.


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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

    thanks!
    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.

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  • Anna Southworth

    Thought-provoking ideas – I loved the details – Does someone know where my assistant might be able to get ahold of a template Canada IMM 5802 form to edit ?

  • SYD Harry

    Before taking screenshot, set your “Screenshots” folder (OneDrive > Pictures > Screen shots) to sync your PC.

    Then just press Shift + fn + F11 (or Shift + fn + option + F11), it will automatically save the screenshot in the “Screenshots” folder.

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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.