Print Screen key

Updated: 06/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Keyboard control keys

Sometimes 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 printer depending on the operating system or running program. In the image, the Print Screen key is the top-left key of the control keys.

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 and store it in the clipboard. Once stored in the clipboard, you can paste the image into any image editor. Then, you can print the picture of your screen on your printer.

Note

There are a few programs designed to use the Print Screen key to start printing.

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