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Print Screen button will print to the printer! how to stop

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Print Screen button will print to the printer! how to stop


    I'm working at an office where when you hit the Print Screen button, it causes a printout in addition to the normal copy to clipboard. I just want to copy to clipboard without wasting toner and paper. It can't be a program on the computer as it's clean with just Windows 8.1

    It actually happens on all the machines (whether Windows 7, 8, or 8.1). Is it a program installed on the server? Is it a setting in Windows? How do I stop this behavior?

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    By definition the print screen function only sends the image to the clipboard so if the printer is also involved then something else -- some other software installed on your machine -- is the culprit here.

    One way to find out what it is is by unhooking the printer and then watching the screen to see what error messages pop up when trying to use the print screen function.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    but the thing is, the computer is brand new and I know that no software has been installed. in fact, it was just added to the network recently and no one has touched it but me. I know I wouldn't install such a program.

    The software I installed has never exhibited this behavior (Adobe Photoshop CS5).
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  4. #4


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Was the problem occurring before or after it was connected to the network. As you have stated it is happening on all computers connected to the server.
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  5. #5


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    You need to check the software that you loaded for your printer. See if there is a shortcut assigned inside the program for the Printkey.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm mostly using the print screen key for capturing images off the web (while using IE or Firefox) or off the stamps.com program. It's printing in either situation. I guess I can look at the stamps.com program, IE and FF for that print screen feature.

    I know the server is running Windows Server 2003. But that's the extent.
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