How to take screenshot of active window only

If you would like to know how to take screenshot of active windows only, read this tip.

How to take screenshots of active Window only

You can take screenshots in Windows 7 using the PrtScn key on your keyboard (German: druck) – However, this will ALWAYS take a screenshot of the entire screen. That’s obviously pretty annoying if you only want to take a screenshot of the currently active window.

Solution: ALT + PrtScn

1. Use ALT + PrtScn to take screenshots of the active window ONLY

2. Step Use CTRL + PrtScn if your PrtScn key is broken.

3. Step Use Fn + PrtScn if the PrtScn is not working and needs to be activated first (Fn is the Windows key equivalent on laptops)

For example I uninstalled the program FastStone Capture and now every time I hit PrtScn I get the error: Windows can’t open this file f6fe641.rbf – obviously the programmers forgot to restore the original registry key that binds the function to the key and now it’s broken. I will look up the registry keys and maybe I find a fix for this. Until then, simply use CTRL + PrtScn to take screenshots.

If you’re still having programs taking screenshots of active windows only, you should consider a program like FRAPS

Published: Monday, November 14th, 2011 Last Modified: November 14, 2011

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