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Catch/Disable PrintScreen Key in Microsoft Access

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Hello,

I have an access program that I am trying to lock down the best I can.  The goal is to not allow any of the data in the forms to be printed.  I've figured out how to get rid of the print menu options and how to disable Ctrl-P, but I'm stuck on what I can do to disable PrintScreen.  Is this possible?

Thanks for the help,
Christine
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by:Neil Russell
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You could just remap that key to have no functionality at all in windows?
See article here... http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/remap-keyboard.htm
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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FWIW,

There will *always* be a way for "malicious" user to get what they want.
Among other things, they can:
Use any one of dozens of techniques to access the table and print from there.
Print a report of the same data.
Link the data to another DB and print from there.
Copy the data
Memorize the Data
Crack any password
...ect

Remember, while you can disable the printscreen "Key", you cant stop someone from executing the same keystroke via automation (get the ASCI code for the print screen key (44))

Also you must somehow guarantee that a printscreen "Program" is not installed:
http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/
http://www.americansys.com/psd.htm 
http://www.etrusoft.com/
http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp

However, if your needs are protecting against a "Casual/Average/Basic" user, then what you have been given so far may be fine.

;-)

JeffCoachman
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This fit the bill perfectly.  I realize that it's not a catch-all, but for basic users it will help.  Thanks!
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