Print Screen on Windows using Mac keyboard / Boot Camp

Since it took me forever to find the answer, I thought I would provide it here.  Originally found after sifting through all the messages on this thread.

To do a print screen while running Windows in Boot Camp and using a Mac keyboard, use the keyboard combination: SHIFT + FN + F11

And just for reference, to do a print screen in OSX, you use Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4

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106 responses to this post.

  1. You made me look like a genius in my Photoshop class after I FINALLY found this answer! Thanks for posting this…I hope it gets even higher on Google for relevance as a lot of other tips never worked!

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  2. Posted by Naya on September 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

    This would be awsome if I knew what the FN key was Xx;

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  3. Posted by tom on October 12, 2008 at 5:41 am

    But it doesnt work with all appel keyboards, mine doesnt have the FN key, so?

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  4. Posted by Kat on November 6, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Shift > Command > F14 worked for me. Weird.

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  5. Posted by Giuliana on January 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

    thank you for being so nice to share this information. you made my day!

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  6. Posted by Kimmy on February 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    WICKED!!!! Shift + Apple (CMD) + F14 and then paste!!! A perfect print screen…. Thank-you…. x

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  7. Posted by RaiulBaztepo on March 29, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  8. Posted by hmd on April 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Hi, this is a great tip and like you I have been searching for ages!
    I am not using bootcamp, rather VMware. It is a similar style of program where I can switch between Windows and Mac on my Macbook however the main difference between bootcam and VMware is that I can switch between anytime rather than having to boot up in one or the other.
    I tired the SHIFT + FN + F11 tip but it did not work and I don’t have a F14 key (only goes to F12).
    Does anyone know what I could try to Print screen in this instance?

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    • Posted by Scott on December 11, 2010 at 2:50 am

      A good reason to use Boot Camp over VMware is if you are using video intensive software. VMware has a limit on its available video ram so if you are using 3d rendering you have to go to Boot Camp. That way you get the full use of your video card. You can log into your Boot Camp partition right from VMware as well and move files back and forth.

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  9. Posted by hmd on April 15, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I have found the answer!
    To screen grab:
    Shift + Command (apple key) + 4
    It is not F4 but simply the number 4 key.

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  10. Thanx dude,

    After trying out all sorts of tips scattered throughout the web, this is the only one that worked.
    This definitely should go up in google search results!!!

    Cheers!!!

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  11. Posted by Pat on May 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Yea. We have been looking for this for a long time. Needed the shift/apple/f14. PERFECT Thanks!!

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  12. Thanks so much for this post!

    Just wanted to add that if you want a screen shot of just the one window that is in focus (in Windows on Boot Camp with a Mac Keyboard), its ALT (option) – Shift – FN – F11. Hold them all down in order.

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  13. OOH my god THANK YOU!!!!! At last I founded it.

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  14. damn! Not working for me sorry

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  15. Posted by rst on August 23, 2009 at 2:32 am

    wtf is wrong with you people.. F11 is fullscreen mode at least while using a browser, and what self-respecting mac user has one of those massive keyboards with F13 or F14 keys?? what do people with mac book pros do? the F keys stop at F12…….

    and while we’re at it, the title of this page is Print Screen… using BOOTCAMP, so all you morons talking about vmware, stfu and stop confusing people.

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  16. SHIFT + FN + F11 works for me! (as i don’t have F13, F14 on my laptop)
    Thank you very much!! :D

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  17. works great on my machine mate ! thxs for sharing ( i have a macbook, 13,3, white, early 2008 )

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  18. THANK YOU!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    jjajajajajaaaa
    greatttttttttttt

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  19. Posted by lana on January 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    thank you so much!

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  20. Posted by Irene on January 24, 2010 at 12:29 am

    omg, THANK U SO MUCH!!
    i think i’ve waisted more than half an hour just to search how to printscreeen..

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  21. Posted by Amy on February 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    THANK YOU! It took me 45 minutes to find this answer and you saved me from having to buy a screen capture program I don’t need.

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  22. None of this worked for me, not sure why. I had to resort to using the On Screen keyboard after many fruitless attempts at taking a screenshot with a Mac Keyboard on my Windows 7 Bootcamp. I have plenty of PC Keyboards laying around but since my main computer is a Mac I like to keep the Mac keyboard connected and I don’t want to switch keyboards every time I want to take a screenshot, ridiculous!

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  23. Posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2010 at 8:48 am

    thank!!!!!

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  24. Posted by sarah on April 8, 2010 at 4:16 am

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! I’ve been looking online for the last 30min and the information I needed was right here all the time!

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  25. Posted by Anonymous on April 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks!! U saved me alot of time!!

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  26. Posted by priscila mier on April 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    hola lei todo y lo intente todo..
    yo trabajo en mac.. pero uso un programa en window autocad..
    necesito hacer un pritn screen teniendo el programa abierto.. y ninguna me ha funcionado.
    tenog un teclado mac.. ya intente SHIFT+FN+F11 y creo que funciona para ciertas cosas no funciona cuando estoy en autocad.. alguien podria ayudarme!!!!!
    ahh tmb trate con MAYUS+CMD(MANZANITA)+4 y nada.

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  27. Posted by Angela on April 30, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Sorry, but if you guys are using macs running windows, this doesn’t help those of us poor schlubs who have to use pcs. The least I could do to make myself feel better was to use my mac keyboard. NONE of these combinations work if you’re on a PC using a mac keyboard. NONE. And some of them are so involved I feel like my fingers should be hired by Cirque du Soleil!

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  28. Posted by Anonymous on May 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

    mine still wont wiork

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  29. Posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Great info, only one I can find that helps. Thanks. I have no F13-F15.

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  30. Posted by Joao on June 16, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Thanks ;)

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  31. Posted by Emma on June 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH! You have literally saved me!!!

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  32. [...] you want to do a Print Screen on a Macbook running in Windows under Boot Camp 3.1, these instructions from Howard work perfectly on my Macbook: To do a print screen while running Windows in Boot Camp and using a [...]

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  33. Posted by Kristi on September 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Thank you, thank you, 500 times thank you!!!

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  34. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! YOUR AWESOME! SO MANY RETARDS GIVING BOGUS INFO.

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  35. Posted by Anon on October 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

    my hero :D

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  36. Ohhhhhh thankyou!!!!!!

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  37. Posted by Anonymous on November 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    NONE work /….NONE

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  38. NONE of these work, at least not for a Windows7 run on a Mac through BootCamp

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  39. Does Not work for a Windows7 run on a Mac through BootCamp

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  40. Posted by Kevin Pires on December 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Dude thx a lot. The print screen function is real important in my line of work. I have searched for this ans for a few hrs now…thx again!!!!

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  41. Posted by Kevin Pires on December 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Oh and btw it works for windows 7 run thru bootcamp!!

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  42. Thanks a million. I have been looking for this for ages!!!
    Thanks a lot fron a French desperate person

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  43. Posted by Yineth on January 25, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Omg Thank you sooooo much. I’m so glad i found your post and that you are so nice to share this with us. You saved my day.

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  44. Posted by sina on March 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    thanks man

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  45. Posted by Polat Alemdar on March 22, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Excellent answer. Thank you so muchhh!!!

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  46. Posted by k$ on March 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

    AWESOME!!! THANKS!!!!!

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  47. Posted by A5L1 on March 29, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Thank you so much!!! Finally…

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  48. Posted by me on April 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

    just press f14

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  49. Posted by Oleg on May 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks!!! It is very helpful for me!

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  50. thanks my frinend so much!!

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  51. Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    To capture the current window:
    SHIFT + Alt + FN + F11

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  52. Posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    the computer I have runs on Widnows XP with a mac keyboard and worked with me :(

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  53. Posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I got it,
    Print screen for the Mac in windows Via boot camp
    Go to:
    all programs>>Accessories >> accessibility >> onscreen keyboard
    click the ctrl and psc, then normal paste.

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  54. Posted by Anonymous on July 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….and just thank you….it was weeks that I was looking for this answer, as anything else worked on my PC…!!

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  55. Posted by fahim on August 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

    iam mac keyboard use in window pc i have note work f13, f14
    my keyboard model no is m7803 Malaysia
    plz define keyboard screenshot & paste thanks iam waiting u r feedback

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  56. Posted by Anonymous on September 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

    oh thank-you!

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  57. Posted by Anonymous on September 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks!! Thanks!! Thanks!! Thanks!! U saved me alot of time!! =))

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  58. Posted by Anonymous on December 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you!! I’ll let others know about your site!!

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  59. Thank you.

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  60. Thanks! for sharing. Very helpful.

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  61. Posted by Eline on March 22, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Thank you –
    FN+SHIFT+F11 worked on my MacBook Air but not on my external keyboard (yet to figure that one out).
    I since found the Bootcamp Help and that was useful too – Help > Using Windows on your Mac > PC Key commands.
    Also worth checking your settings at Bootcamp Control Panel > Keyboard

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  62. Posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

    thank you soooo much !!!
    only this works for me
    all programs>>Accessories >> accessibility >> onscreen keyboard

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  63. Posted by Anonymous on April 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Shift+fn+F11

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  64. Posted by Husein on May 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    it works thanks guys,,,

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  65. none of these work. I am using win XP 32 bit, with a Mac version of Razor Blackwidow. All these combinations do not work.

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  66. Posted by Anonymous on June 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    It works very well. Thanks for the info in the most concise and easy to find manner. Appreciate it…

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  67. Posted by Gina Wan on July 3, 2012 at 4:47 am

    It worked on my MAC book pro that is running Win 7 32 bit. This post proved that I can use my MAC do PC work and better. Thank you so much for your effort.

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  68. Posted by sing on July 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!!!! :)

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  69. Posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    use snipping tool from accessories

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  70. Posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Thank you so much! I almost lost my mind :-).

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  71. Posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you so much! Can’t understand why Mac doesn’t address this issue on its keyboard.

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  72. THANK YOU!

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  73. Posted by Peter on October 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks a million for your great help. God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  74. Posted by Anonymous on October 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    where’s FN???

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  75. Posted by Anonymous on November 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you! You saved my sanity.

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  76. Posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Thank You…

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  77. Posted by Anonymous on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Excelent!! thanks a lot :)

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  78. Posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Command + Shift + 3

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  79. Posted by Anonymous on January 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    thank you really helpful :)

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  80. This was fantastically useful to me. Then we put Windows 8 on my machine and it doesn’t work anymore. Anyone know how to do this with Windows 8?

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  81. Posted by Anonymous on February 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

    obrigado. salvou minha vida… kkkk

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  82. Posted by Anonymous on March 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Thanks, people!
    Helped a lot!

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  83. [...] Since it took me forever to find the answer, I thought I would provide it here. Originally found after sifting through all the messages on this thread. To do a print screen while running Windows in Boot Camp and using a Mac keyboard, use the keyboard combination: SHIFT + FN + F11  >>>>    source [...]

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  84. Posted by Vill on May 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    thanks for this..
    it work on my windows mac..
    :)

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  85. I am genuinely delighted to read this webpage posts which carries plenty of helpful data, thanks for providing these
    statistics.

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  86. Thanks for the wonderful shortcut you shared. This the first time i used mac keyboard.

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  87. Posted by Jenn on December 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    none of the above works for windows 8.1 using mac keyboard / mac osx. If anyone has had any luck I would be grateful! Thanks.

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    • Posted by Klaus on December 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Print screen in Windows 8.1 on MacBook Pro with Bootcamp 5 (and Mac OS X 10.9) works for me using FN+Shift+F11 (or FN+Shift+Alt+F11 for active application window only).
      Note that in Bootcamp you can set the Fxx keys to work either as Fxx by default or as Mac OS function keys (with the feature printed on the key). I have set it to work as Fxx on Windows by default.
      On Mac OS X you can use cmd (Apple) key + 4 (cmd + 3 for rectangular selection).

      P.S.: Thanks a lot for the original post!! Was the first one I found for printscreen key on Windows with Mac keyboard.

      Reply

  88. Posted by estas on March 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    thank you so much ))

    Reply

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