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When pressing 'Print Screen' the screen immediately prints to the default printer, as well as copying the screen to the clipboard.

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When pressing the Print Screen button, usually the screen image is copied to the clip board, and then can be pasted into another program etc.

However, what is happening is, when the Print Screen button is pressed, the screen is actually printing, instantly, to the default printer. This is in addition to creating the copy on the clip board.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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try using Alt PrintScreen or Cntl Print Screen to copy to clipbaord

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It still copies to the clipboard anyway, the problem is that it's immediatley printing the display, which is a large waste of paper and ink. I have tried most of the usual keyboard combinations, and none of them were able to copy the screen to the clipboard without instantly printing it when print screen was pressed.
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What operating system are you using ?
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Using Windows XP. IBM equipment.
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... and r u in a particular application or just in windows generally ?
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Just in windows generally.
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I'm lost ... I didn't think XP used the Print Scrn Button, Its not an option in your Print Driver is it ? or in any other service you have running ?
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Yeah XP definately uses the print screen button for screenshots. But it shouldn't immedietly print the page.
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Sorry thats what I meant ... uses it to load clip board but not printing.
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Indeed. Have checked the printer drivers, and they seem fine. It prints automatically to the default printer, and have tried with many different printers set as default.
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mikeilasdad earned 250 total points
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Barring the printer drivers, it must be a third party program loaded on this computer that is causing it to happen.  Check the Control Panel for any programs that might be doing it.  

I guess one of such programs is called Screen Hunter.  Brother makes one called, "Automatic Print Screen," (chuckle).  

I'm sure that the titles are innumerable.  Google "print screen program" or something to that effect for some other software names to consider removing.


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It transpired that there was indeed an application installed on the machine that was causing it to happen. Thanks for the help.
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