How to Use The Printkey On a Remote Desktop


The Printkey--more commonly known as the "Print Screen" key--on a computer is often one of the most commonly used keys on a machine that is used for business. This key automatically captures everything that is displayed on the computer screen, allowing it to be pasted into Microsoft Paint or an email message and sent away for further analysis. If you frequently use Remote Desktop to work on computers remotely, you may have noticed that the Print Screen key does not send the command to the remote computer. Use these keyboard shortcuts to send a Print Screen command to the remote computer while you are connected in Remote Desktop.

Capturing the Entire Remote Desktop Screen

  • Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "+" keys on your keyboard simultaneously while in a Remote Desktop session. The "+" key must be the one on your keyboard's numeric keypad. If you are using a laptop keyboard, the numeric keypad is usually shown in blue print on the keyboard. You may additionally have to hold an "Fn" key to enable the blue keys. This command takes a screen shot of everything displayed on the remote computer's screen, and stores it in the Windows clipboard on both the remote computer and the local machine.

  • Open Microsoft Paint or begin writing a new email in the remote computer or the local machine.

  • Go to the "Edit" menu and select "Paste." The contents of the remote computer's screen will appear.

Capturing the Active Remote Desktop Window

  • Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "-" keys simultaneously to take a screen shot of only the active window in the Remote Desktop session. As in Section 1, the screen shot is saved in the Windows clipboard on both the local and remote computers.

  • Open Microsoft Paint or begin writing a new email in the remote computer or the local machine.

  • Go to the "Edit" menu and select "Paste" to transfer the image from the clipboard into the application.

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