Print screen key

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Keyboard control keysSometimes abbreviated as Prscr, PRTSC, PrtScrn, Prt Scrn, or Ps/SR, the print screen key is a keyboard key found on most computer keyboards. When pressed, the key either sends the current screen image to the computer clipboard or the computer printer depending on the operating system or software program that is currently active. In the picture to the right, the print screen key is the top-left key of the control keys, which is at the top-right of the keyboard.

Where is the print screen key on the keyboard?

The print screen key is labeled as one of the abbreviations mentioned earlier and with the other control keys on the keyboard. Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the print screen key highlighted in blue.

Print screen key

Note: On Apple computer keyboards, the print screen key may be missing and have an F13 function key instead.

Can I use the print screen key to print to my printer?

Almost always, no. The print screen key is most often used to take a screenshot of everything on the screen and store it in the clipboard or save it as an image. Once stored in the clipboard, you can paste the image into any image editor or if it was saved as an image you can open that image and then print the picture of your screen on your printer.

Note: There are a few programs that have been designed to use the print screen key to start printing.

Computer abbreviations, Control keys, Keyboard terms, Print, Printing terms, Screenshot