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Why is the $@#*!-ing 'Print Screen' key still called that when it doesn't??

By CharlieSpencer ·
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Thanks. I feel much better now.

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cause some $$@@***## at Microsoft decide to use it for seomthing else -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Why is the $@#*!-ing 'Pri ...
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I don't mind it being used for something else,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to cause some $$@@***## at M ...

but how about relabeling the !$!$@#-ing thing? 'Scr Cap', maybe.

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cause the keyboard layout and keys are set to a standard set years ago

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I don't mind it being use ...

and not every company reassigns the keys or commands within their software the way Macrostuff do.

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What does scroll lock, pause, and break do?

by Slayer_ In reply to Why is the $@#*!-ing 'Pri ...

I know what Control + break does.....

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damn little now, for the same reasons as stated before

by Deadly Ernest In reply to What does scroll lock, pa ...

all those button go back to the days of DOS, but like the Ctrl+Alt+Del command, they've been taken over with other things. Most systems now days the PrtScr takes an image of the screen and stores it in the clipboard. I believe the Scroll Lock has been surpassed by the scroll wheel on the mouse (except on an Apple mouse) now.

Oh, I used to use the Pause Break when I was wanting to interrupt a .bat or .cmd file while running, but that was many years ago.

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Scroll lock

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What does scroll lock, pa ...

stops you from navigating a spreadsheet via arrow keys.

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Why is the $@#*!-ing 'Pri ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:;content

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As if I need to tell you this Pally.

But if this helps what version of Win are you attempting to destroy? With XP and 7 on this Microsoft Keyboard the Print Screen at least copies a screen dump to the Clipboard where it can be accessed.


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Col, with all respect due a skilled technician with your level of expertise

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

how about you ingest feces and cease metabolic function?

What inspired this rant was a legacy application. The app has a built-in method of rerouting the Alt-Print Screen key sequence directly to the printer. It worked in XP, but now in W7 it give an error about not being able to access the Clipboard. (It probably used the now-missing clipbrd.exe.) That doesn't surprise me, but I don't look forward to teaching how to copy and paste a screenshot to this dear but computer illiterate lady of an a Very Advanced Age. Next week I'll try XP compatibility or copying clipbrd from an XP system.

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Running clipbrd.exe....

by Slayer_ In reply to Col, with all respect due ...

Starts something called Clipbook viewer.
Is this what your looking for?

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Not really,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Running clipbrd.exe....

but I'm not sure what's going on inside this legacy app. The user says the key sequence sent the window directly to the printer on her old XP system. All I know is if you click File, Print in the app, you get a pop-up saying do an Alt-Print Screen. Doing so on W7 results in another pop-up saying something like 'Clipboard cannot be accessed.' Apparently there was some built-in macro-like programming that could print directly from the Windows buffer.

It's a legacy app and she's the only one that knows how to use it or has a working copy of the app. The only way I could get it off the failure-prone XP antique was to clone ti onto a new machine. Unfortunately, there weren't any XP drivers for this new HP and I had to jack it up to W7 to get the NIC, USB, etc. to work. Fortunately, the data is static. If the purchasing department ever gets Crystal Reports ordered, we can export the data to an SQL server. The department in question has other people comfortable with Crystal, so we won't be dependent on the dear lady and her outdated, unsupported app.

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