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  • Windows 11 screws up Print Screen — here’s how to fix it


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    The behavior of the reliable old Print Screen button on your keyboard, affectionately known as PrtScr or PrtScn, has been radically changed in a preview build of Windows 11, which is almost certain to become the version we will all eventually have to live with.

    Microsoft released to members of its Windows Insider program this month a new version of the OS. At this writing, it’s known as Preview Build 22624.1546 of Windows 11 22H2.

    If and when this is rolled out to all users in the world as an update, the Print Screen key by default will no longer place a copy of your screen onto the Clipboard. Instead, the key will launch a version of Redmond’s Snipping Tool, which has several new controls to learn.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.17.0, 2023-04-24).

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Prepare for April showers

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    ISSUE 20.14.1 • 2023-04-06

    By Susan Bradley

    The next round of updates is coming soon and may be confusing.

    For one thing, it now appears that Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates will diverge. That is reason enough for me to raise the MS-DEFCON level to 2.

    Any confusion instantly causes me to recommend deferring updates.

    It does not appear that the forthcoming updates for Windows 10 will introduce any changes. They will include only security patches. Microsoft stated:

    After March 2023, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for the supported editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 21H2. Only monthly security update releases will continue for these versions.

    Anyone can read the full MS-DEFCON Alert (20.14.1, 2023-04-06).

  • How to take screenshots in Windows 11

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    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    The ability to take a screenshot in Windows can come in handy, both for personal and professional reasons.

    Maybe you’re documenting a certain process. Perhaps you need to share an image of an error message. Or maybe you’re making certain changes in Windows and want to capture the before and after. I take screenshots to supply images for the articles I write.

    Whatever the reason, Windows 11 (and 10) provides several methods to take a screenshot of an app or window.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.08.0, 2023-02-20).

  • Patch Lady – Snipping tool removal?

    I’ve been living under a rock.  Or rather missed the announcement.  I spotted online a discussion about the potential removal of snipping tool in a future feature release of Windows 10.

    I’m concerned for several reasons:

    1.  It appears to me that you will need to download the app from the Microsoft store.  I don’t enable the store on business machines.  Currently snipping tool is built into the operating system.
    2. It appears that it will rely more on printscreen.  On different devices print screen is either in different places on the key board or in the case of the Lenovo Carbon X1 laptop, part of the adaptive keyboard experience – which normally means I can never figure out how to do it when I need it.
    3. Snipping tool is something that my users are used to, it works, it’s easy to find and get to.  I can’t even install the new screen sketch on my 1803 at the office because I’m not on an insider build.  So I can’t even start to try to roll it out slowly to folks.

    Thus snipping tool is always parked on the task bar on every computer so that everyone can use it and easily find it.  One can print from it (the enhancement in Windows 10) whereas in Windows 7 one couldn’t print.  But for many years it just worked with no fuss or failure.

    In looking through the feedback venue, there is even a feedback item asking to not remove the snipping tool.  (Hopefully everyone on 10 can log in and see that).

    So what do you think about snipping tool?  Will you be sad to see it go?