The print screen key stops working when you really want to capture your screen? You would be very frustrated. But don’t panic. You can easily fix this problem and print your screen.
Try these fixes:Here’re 4 solutions you can try. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Update your keyboard driver
- Check if the print screen key is enabled
- Stop all the running programs
- Update your operating system
- Bonus Tip
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click the Update button next to a flagged keyboard driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
- Restart your computer and try to press the print screen key to see if it works.
Try to press F Mode key or F Lock key (when there is such keys on your keyboard, if not, please skip this fix), then check if Print Screen works. That’s because such keys may prevent you from using print screen key.
Since some programs like OneDrive, Dropbox, Snipping tool can take over the Print Screen key, please stop all the running programs on your PC. Then try to print screen again to see if it works.
Check if your operating system is up-to-date.
- Type Windows Update in the search box from Start.
- Now on Windows Update Windows, you can check if there is any available updates for your window. If yes, install the updates and try to print screen again.
Once you failed to take a screen shoot by pressing PrtScn key, you can try to press Fn + PrtScn, Alt + PrtScn or Alt + Fn + PrtScn keys together to try again.
In addition, you also can use snipping tool at Accessories from the Start menu to take screen shoot. In addition, if you’re on Windows 7, when you can’t use PrtSc on the physical keyboard, try to use the key on the virtual On Screen Keyboard: Click the Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard.