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Windows 8 -- Win+PrntScr doesn't work

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    Windows 8 -- Win+PrntScr doesn't work


    Hey I have been trying to take screenshots on my laptop, but whenever I press Win+PrntScr, I get the dimming effect, but I don't get the actual screenshot anywhere in my Pictures.

    Any help would be appreciated!

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by PigsFTW View Post
    Hey I have been trying to take screenshots on my laptop, but whenever I press Win+PrntScr, I get the dimming effect, but I don't get the actual screenshot anywhere in my Pictures.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Check for a folder labeled 'Screenshots' in Libraries\Pictures or C:\Users\your moniker\Pictures.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hello PigsFTW and welcome to the forum. Does your laptop have a function key driver that needs to be updated? Check the Dell site. Sometimes the built in Windows drivers don't work right. Also be sure your BIOS is up to date.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PigsFTW View Post
    Hey I have been trying to take screenshots on my laptop, but whenever I press Win+PrntScr, I get the dimming effect, but I don't get the actual screenshot anywhere in my Pictures.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Check for a folder labeled 'Screenshots' in Libraries\Pictures or C:\Users\your moniker\Pictures.
    I think you have the right answer Edwin. He did say screen dims so something is happening. Probably going to a folder he isn't looking at.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PigsFTW View Post
    Hey I have been trying to take screenshots on my laptop, but whenever I press Win+PrntScr, I get the dimming effect, but I don't get the actual screenshot anywhere in my Pictures.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Check for a folder labeled 'Screenshots' in Libraries\Pictures or C:\Users\your moniker\Pictures.
    No, I do not have a folder labeled 'Screenshots' in Libraries\Pictures or C:\Users\your moniker\Pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Hello PigsFTW and welcome to the forum. Does your laptop have a function key driver that needs to be updated? Check the Dell site. Sometimes the built in Windows drivers don't work right. Also be sure your BIOS is up to date.
    No, all my drivers are updated(I just checked). And I'm not sure how to check to see if the BIOS is updated.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PigsFTW View Post
    Hey I have been trying to take screenshots on my laptop, but whenever I press Win+PrntScr, I get the dimming effect, but I don't get the actual screenshot anywhere in my Pictures.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Check for a folder labeled 'Screenshots' in Libraries\Pictures or C:\Users\your moniker\Pictures.
    I think you have the right answer Edwin. He did say screen dims so something is happening. Probably going to a folder he isn't looking at.
    It's possible, but I can't find it anywhere in my c:\Users\Username\Pictures folder.
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  7. #7


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello PigsFTW, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    For laptops and notebooks, you may need to press either the Windows+Ctrl+PrtScn or Windows+Fn+PrtScn keys instead.

    Screenshot - Capture Screenshots Directly in Windows 8

    In addition, check to see if your Screenshots folder may have been moved if the above keyboard shortcuts don't help. You can also type shell:Screenshots in the Run dialog (+R) and click on OK to open directly to Screenshots.

    Screenshots - Change Default Folder Location in Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  8. #8


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Well, I am pretty sure that my computer is taking the screenshot because I am getting the dimming effect.

    I tried "shell:Screenshots" in the Run dialog and got the message "Windows cannot find 'shell:Screenshots'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Do you have a "C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures" folder?

    See if using OPTION TWO below may be able to restore the Screenshots folder.

    User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    As a long shot, try going to Start and type 'Screenshots' to see if it comes up with anything.
    If it does you could hover on a screenshot to find out where that folder resides:

    Attachment 42452
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