Many may not like the changes and more if the main theme is Windows 11, but it seems that Microsoft he doesn’t care too much because now he has set to work to modify the functionality of one of the keys older keyboard: ‘Print‘.
The reality is that since Windows 95, pressing the button of the keyboard print screen in Windows —ImpPt—, a screenshot of the current screen was created and copied to the clipboard. This screenshot could be pasted into documents, image-editing apps, or message chats to directly share that full image.
Well now Microsoft wants to give it a facelift by changing how it works. As reported by Windows Latest, Microsoft is now testing that this key instead of doing normal screenshots, pressing the ‘Print’ screen key now opens the tweak tool —snip tool—, which was previously used when keys were pressed windowsShift, and S.
Simply put, hitting this keyboard button will open the Windows Snipping Tool, which will allow you to create an adapted image to the size you want. To this we must add that it will no longer be necessary to paste the screenshot in Paint just to save it and you can also record video of your screen.
A facelift to the functionality of a key that has been around for 28 years
It’s actually quite useful to be able to adjust the image you want to capture, although the only drawback is the time it takes to open the tool and do click in the options that appear when you just need a quick full screenshot to paste into a WhatsApp chat, for example.
Fortunately, for people who don’t like this change, they can turn it off in Windows 11 settings by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘Accessibility’ > ‘Keyboard’ and turning off the ‘Use the Print screen key to open the snipping tool’ setting.
For tastes the colors and here there will be all kinds of opinions. Of course, to mention again that the function was found in a version of Windows 11 in the beta channel, so it is not clear how this update will be implemented or if it will finally come to fruition.