I got a new laptop for Christmas, but when I press the PrtScn button nothering happens and my clipboard remains empty. How can I take a screenshot?
Most notebooks double up keys to save space and, as it is not used that often, the Print Screen button is often a prime candidate. For example, on my laptop, an HP Compaq nx8220, the PrtScn doubles up as the Insert button and you need to press the Function key to actually use the PrtScn. Once you realise that the blue function button actually invokes the Blue functions on the buttons that have 2 means, it starts to make sense.
If you still can’t get to the bottom of it, hold on before you get out your Mizuno drivers and whack the innards out of your computer. There’s a free utility called PrintDeskTop that can help you address the issue. Once you install it, you can designate any hotkey you like which can then be used to capture the screen. Alternatively, if you’re using Vista, you can use the Snipping tool that ships with it. This lets you capture any part of the screen you like.