I've tried all these again as I typed this to verify, and none of them work. What I'm doing is pressing these combinations and switching to Photoshop and see the Edit/Paste is grayed out and the ctrl-v shortcut does nothing as well.
Seriously, how hard is it to print screen? Anyone else have a problem with this?
Message Edited by HankScorpio on 01-29-200805:16 PM
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I used this key combination just a few days ago, today it does nothing! Same STR as OP - I activate a window, type Alt+PrtScr, switch to Photoshop - Ctrl+N gives me a wrong-sized new image, Ctrl+V is disabled - there's nothing, or at least no image, on the clipboard. I'm using a Logitech Cordless Keyboard M/N Y-RJ20. And I'm on Vista Pro, and - this key has worked in the past!
I think I remember it "went out" on me once before, but I don't remember what I did to fix it. Tried pulling the batteries out for 20 seconds, no change. It isn't the F-lock key, I tried both 'positions'. F12 works, I tried it in DreamWeaver.
So what makes the Print Screen key go dead - is there something you can do to the keyboard that would disable or redefine that key? My locale is EN (English, United States).
Responding to my own post...I solved the problem, and learned 3 things:
1. My problem wasn't the Alt+PrtScr key on my keyboard, it was Photoshop! I had left Photoshop (6.0) running for several days - at some point, it lost the ability to detect an image on the clipboard. I tried a different image editor, and found that Alt+PrtScr worked with it. So I went back to Photoshop, shut it down and restarted it, and now Alt+PrtScr works going into Photoshop.
It can seem like the keyboard key isn't working - after all, there's no feedback - but the problem can be in Photoshop.
2. Some people on the web say that to use Alt+PrtScr under Vista, you have to have a certain security setting disabled: a) Run gpedit.msc, b) drill down to Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options... c) Find the entry "User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation." d) Set it to Disabled. However, this setting made no difference to my ability to use Alt+PrtScr. Maybe that's because I run with UAC turned off.
3. Vista has a new tool called the Snipping Tool, which is a built-in screen capture program. You can pop up the Start menu and at the bottom in the Search box, type snip. It should find you the Snipping Tool!.