The Print Screen (PrtScr) button is one of the fastest ways to take a screenshot on Windows. However, if your print screen button suddenly stops working, there are a few fixes you can try.

Your print screen button may have stopped working due to a hardware problem; H. there could be a problem with your keyboard. In this case, you will need to replace your keyboard.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) there are many other fixable issues that can cause the printing screen to stop working. Let's talk about these problems and how to fix them.

1. Check the F-Lock key

The F-Lock key enables or disables the secondary functions of the F1 – F12 keys. Keyboards with an F-Lock key can also be equipped with an LED indicator to indicate whether the F-Lock key is activated or deactivated. With it on, press the F-Lock button to turn it off. Check that your print screen is now working properly.

2. Stop programs that are running in the background

Programs running in the background can be a reason your pushbutton is not working. Open your Task Manager and see if applications like OneDrive, Snippet Tool or Dropbox are running in the background.

These are common culprits, but other apps can also be causing the problem. If the problem started after installing new applications, try stopping them and see if that solves the problem.

If two or more suspicious apps are running in the background, stop them one at a time to see which is causing the problem. To stop an application, run the Task manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc, right-click the app, and click End task.

3. Update your keyboard driver

If an incorrect, damaged, or outdated keyboard driver is installed on your system, it can cause the pushbutton to stop working. You can fix this by simply updating the drivers.

You can get your keyboard driver from. To update Device manager.

  1. Right click the Start button and click Device manager or press Windows key + R, Entrance devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open it Device manager.

  2. Find your keyboard driver, right click and select Update driver.

The next screen asks whether you want Windows to automatically find and install a driver or install it from your computer. If Windows can't find a driver, try downloading the drivers from the manufacturer's website before choosing the latter option. There are also several other ways to update Windows drivers if that doesn't work.

When you've installed the updated drivers, restart your computer to see if your push button works.

4. Check your OneDrive settings

If you're using OneDrive on your PC, check if OneDrive is causing your screen push button not to work. This is a common problem with users who use Microsoft's cloud storage service to back up their files.

Related: What is OneDrive? A Guide to Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service Microsoft

You can do this through the OneDrive settings. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the lower right of your system tray and click the settings. Next, switch to the Fuse Tab.

Under the Screenshots Section you will see a check box that says "Automatically save screenshots I took on OneDrive. ”Make sure this check box is checked.

If the box is already checked, uncheck it and then re-check it. Now check if that solves the problem.

5. Use the Windows 10 Hardware Troubleshooter

Windows 10 has built-in hardware fixes. This includes a keyboard troubleshooter that can help resolve your printing screen issue.

  1. Press the Windows key and search for Troubleshoot settings. This should open a new window.

  2. In the right pane, click Additional bug fixes and scroll down to keyboard. Select it and click Run the troubleshooter.

Follow the instructions in the troubleshooting guide. When you're done, see if this fixes your print screen button.

6. Start your PC cleanly

If the first method doesn't work, you can try starting your computer cleanly. A clean boot restarts Windows normally, but only important drivers can be loaded. This will help you narrow down the cause of the problem.

To boot your computer cleanly, press Windows + R, Art msconfig, and click OK. This opens the System configuration Window.

Under the General Tab you will see two check boxes below Selective start. Uncheck the second box that says Load startup items and let them Load system services Box checked.

Next, switch to the Services Tab. At the bottom left you will see a check box that says Hide all Microsoft services. Check this box.

This should leave you with a small list of services. Next, click Deactivate all and click OK. When you restart your computer, it will only start using Microsoft's services. Try the Print Screen button to see if it works now.

Related: Which Windows 10 Services Can Be Safely Disabled? Here is an overview

7. Modify the registry

You can complete the registration with the Registration editor to fix the problem that the print screen does not work. However, if you make a mistake modifying the registry, it could affect your PC. So it is best to create a system restore point and back up your files before attempting this fix.

  1. to open Registration editor, Press Windows + R and type regedit. Then click OK or press Enter.

  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer.

  3. Right click on the Researcher Folder and select New> DWORD and change the Value name to ScreenShotIndex. Set the Measured value of the DWORD to 4 and click OK.

  4. Next, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer User Shell Folders.

  5. Look for the string named {B7BEDE81-DF94-4682-A7D8-57A52620B86F} and double click to open it.

  6. Make sure the Measured value is set to % USERPROFILE% Images Screenshots.

If you can't find this file, create a new one String value just like we created a DWORD, and use the above values ​​in the Value name and Measured value Fields.

If that doesn't work, see if you can get the Measured value Field for the ScreenShotIndex DWORD from 4 to 695 helps.

You now know how to fix the print screen problem

Print Screen is a quick and convenient way to take screenshots on the go. When it stops working it's understandably frustrating. Hopefully one of these fixes worked and fixed your problem. If it doesn't, then you should try plugging in another keyboard to see if it works instead.

If these methods don't seem to work, there are a few ways you can take a screenshot on Windows that don't require the Print Screen button.

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Arjun Ruparelia
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Arjun is a trained accountant and loves researching technology. He likes to use technology to make everyday tasks easier and often a lot more fun.

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