Let’s learn how to change the default Print Screen Key Behavior in Windows. Microsoft has changed the default behavior of the Print Screen (PrtScn) key with the Windows 11 Build 22621.1776 (KB5026446) version or later.
Print Screen is one of the useful features which help users to capture screenshots or print the screen very easily. Usually, the Print screen can be easily done by pressing the Print Screen key on your Keyboard. This post lets you know more about the change in print screen behavior.
The Windows 11 Build 22621.1776 (KB5026446) release changes the Print screen behavior to Snipping Tool. Before this update, you can easily capture the entire print of your screen in a single Click. Print screen old behavior changed the default on your Settings on the New Update.
Windows updates allow users to change the new features and turn to the old behavior. Users can easily change this setting on their Windows 11 PC. Due to Windows 11 new update, the snipping tool is automatically opened instead of the Print screen option when you click on the PrtScn key.
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What are the Advantages of Print Screen on Windows 11 PC?
The Print Screen option always helps users to capture a screenshot easily. You can easily paste this screenshot, paint, word, or share it quickly. The following are the Advantages of Print screens on Windows 11 PC.
1. Helps to capture a screenshot easily
2. Capture the entire screen
3. Helps to save images on the screenshot folder automatically
4. It is very easy to paste to paint
Print Screen Option Changes on Windows 11 PC
Before the Windows 11 Build 22621.1776 (KB5026446) update, capturing screenshots of the entire screen was very simple. But after the update, the print screen behavior changed to a snipping tool.
So, users can only capture the entire screen by dragging the + symbol on the snipping tool. The below table shows the print screen option behavior changed to the snipping tool in different modes on your Windows 11 PC.
|Different Snipping Tool Modes||Used to|
|Rectangular mode||It helps to capture rectangular-mode screenshots|
|Freeform mode||It helps to capture an area on the screen by drawing an irregular shape with your mouse|
|Window mode||It is used to capture Window mode screenshots|
|Fullscreen mode||It is used to capture Fullscreen mode screenshots|
The Rectangular Mode option helps you to capture a screenshot in rectangular mode on your PC. When you click the Print Screen (PrtScn) key on your Keyboard, the snipping tool is automatically opened, and Rectangular mode is selected by default. The screenshot below shows the Rectangular mode screenshot captured using the Print Screen key.
Freeform mode captures screenshots of a selected area on your screen by drawing an irregular shape with your mouse. Users can easily capture freeform mode screenshots by clicking the Print Screen key and selecting Freeform mode. The screenshot below shows the Freeform mode screenshot using the Print Screen key.
The Window mode allows users to capture screenshots in window mode. You can easily use this mode by clicking the Print Screen key on your Keyboard and selecting Window mode. The screenshot below shows the window mode screenshot using the Print Screen key.
Fullscreen mode is used to capture the entire screen screenshot on your PC. Before the update, capturing the entire screen by clicking on the Print Screen key on your Keyboard is easy. But now you should select Full-screen mode after clicking the Print Screen key. The screenshot below shows a Fullscreen mode screenshot using the Print Screen key.
Note:- Print Screen can be easily captured by keyboard Shortcut Windows Key + PrtScn
How to Change the Print Screen New Behavior
The PrintScreen new behavior can be easily changed through Settings Menu. The New update automatically changed the Print Screen (PrtScn) behavior through the Settings Menu. You can change it at any time and convert it into old behavior. The below list and screenshot show how to change PrintScreen’s new behavior.
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After selecting the Settings Menu, Click on the Accessibility option from the left. Select the Keyboard Section from the Interaction section.
From the Keyboard option “Use the Print screen to open Snipping Tool” option enable automatically via Windows 11 new update. The below screenshot shows how selected Print Screen new behavior.
You can easily change the New behavior of the Print Screen through Settings. It can be done by turning off the “Use the Print Screen key to open Snipping Tool.” For disabling, toggle the pane to the left side. The screenshot below shows how to change the Print Screen’s new behavior to the old one.
Gopika S Nair is a computer enthusiast. She loves writing on Windows 11 and related technologies. She is here to share quick tips and tricks with Windows 11 or Windows 10 users.