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Boot Camp – Capture Screenshots in Windows With an Apple Keyboard

Boot Camp – Capture Screenshots in Windows With an Apple Keyboard

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


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.

  1. sunny says:

    bt where the images are stored???

    1. Michelle Smith says:

      Just paste into the Paint application

      1. Donizen says:

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

  2. Alex says:

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

  3. DJ says:

    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

  4. Banjo says:

    You are a star!!!

  5. Julie says:

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

  6. Phil says:

    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.

  7. mpabus says:

    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.

    1. stan_d_man says:

      It worked…thanks.

  8. scollege says:

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

  9. ricky says:

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

  10. SasR4nd0m says:

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

  11. whch11 says:

    I worked perfect thanks

  12. ivanmonroy says:

    Thank you very much.

  13. Anna Southworth says:

    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 ?

  14. SYD Harry says:

    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.

    1. jesus cruz says:


      1. Bsk says:

        Thanks . This worked

    2. Judy Cole says:

      it doesn’t work

  15. Get Away says:

    I tried it with my iMac but it doesn’t work.

  16. K.Thep says:

    if who can not just tried this

  17. I have a Mac Book Pro, when i hit the FN key my top keyboard line switches from the F1-F12 to the actual buttons to dimm the screen, the speakers and many more.

    So what to do, my F11 is not here any more.

    Any advice for Macbook Pro users?

  18. Terry Williamson says:

    Go to bootcamp control panel and click the keyboard option. Then make sure you uncheck the box that says Use the F1, F2, etc. This will allow you to use the suggested shortcuts that work with a Windows OS on a Mac. It worked for me.

  19. prince says:

    There is another screenshot on Mac shortcut that allows you to capture a window or menu

  20. lucky says:

    This works!

  21. James Rhode says:

    i have a desk top non apple or mac…but it has an apple keyboard and i cant get it to give me a screen shot…any ideas..its the long one with numbers

  22. Jørgen Thomsen says:

    How to write an @ on a MacBook air 2014, running Bootcamp windows, using the mac Keyboard ….. Try alt + 2…. like this @, it is working for me… Best to all JT Denmark DK

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