How to Print Screen Windows on Mac with Boot Camp

Last updated on November 7, 2019 by

Taking screenshot is one of the most common things we do on our computers. It is known to all that “PrtSc”, “Win + PrtSc” or “Fn + PrtSc” are the keys to screenshot in Windows and “Command + Shift + 3/4” are the keys to capture screen on Mac. But do you know how to print screen on Mac running Windows since there is no “PrtSc” key on the Mac keyboard? If not, you can read this article to learn this trick.


How to Print Screen Windows on Mac with BootCamp

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

In fact, it is very easy to make a screenshot on Mac in Boot Camp. If you are using an Apple keyboard with numeric keypad or Apple Pro keyboard, you can press “F14” to take a screenshot of the full screen and “Option + F14” to capture an active window. If you are using an Apple USB & Wireless keyboard or MacBook Pro keyboard, you need to press “Fn + Shift + F11” to capture full screen and “Fn + Shift + Option + F11” to snapshot an active window. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard. You can go to Paint, paste the screenshot on the blank board and save it as an image file. This is the default way to print screen on Mac running Windows.

Pros: No need to install additional programs.

Cons: It’s awkward to press so many keys at the same time.

Utilize Screenshot Tools

Since you are running Windows OS, you can use third-party screenshot tools for Windows to screenshot on your Mac. Free Screenshot Capture is a wise choice. It is a light-weight online screenshot application. With this tool, you are able to capture full screen, active window and any specific region on the screen. In addition to taking screenshot, it also allows you to annotate the screenshot instantly, share the screenshot to social networks directly or upload it to the free Cloud space provided by the developer.

Here are the detailed steps for you to print screen Windows on Mac with this tool.

  • Navigate to, and click on the orange “Take Screenshot” button. Run Java applet to load this application.
  • When the application pops up, hit on the camera icon or press the hotkey “Ctrl + Q”. Then your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click, hold and drag your mouse to capture an area. And release your mouse to confirm the screenshot.
  • You can annotate the screenshot with lines, arrows, text and so on. After that, click the diskette button to save it to your local file. Alternatively, you can also upload it to the Cloud so that you can get links to embed the screenshot in forums and blogs.
print screen Windows on Mac

It’s worth mentioning that this application also has a pro version which has 10 screenshot modes, including scrolling window screenshot, menu screenshot, polygon screenshot, etc. Aside from that, this pro version also comes with a robust image editor, a screen recorder and a task scheduler which allows you to take automatic screenshots. You can download this version to enjoy all those benefits now.


Pros: You can take, annotate, save/share/upload the screenshot within one interface.

Cons: The online version needs network.

Make Use of Windows Built-in Screenshot Utility

Snipping Tool is another way to screenshot Windows on Mac. To access this utility, just go to “Start > Accessories > Snipping Tool”. It has four screenshot modes for you to choose: Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip and Full-screen Snip. Apart from taking screenshot, this tool provides simple annotations as well.

Snipping Tool

Pros: You don’t need to install any programs on your Mac.

Cons: Editing options are limited.


This post gives you some feasible ways to print screen Windows on Mac. It is advisable that you adopt the second method of using Free Screenshot Capture. Because, other than taking screenshot, this program also provides many other useful functions like rich editing, direct sharing as well as uploading to free Cloud space.

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