Print screen in BootCamp using an Apple keyboard

Published 07 Jul 2011

I have started to boot up Windows directly from my BootCamp partition on my iMac instead of running Windows under VMWare Fusion. This way, I do not have to share resources with the OS X partition, which is nice for gaming, programming etc.

This works really well, but sometimes, running Windows on an iMac using an Apple bluetooth keyboard can be a bit frustrating.

Today, for instance, I had to take a screen dump. Without OS X keyboard shortcut. Without a PC print screen button. How do you do that? I was at a total loss. The Shift+Fn+F11 combination did not work for me, since I had this option enabled:

Boot Camp Control Panel

With this option enabled, neither Shift+Fn+F11 or Shift+F11 work. Now before you rule me out as a no-brainer, I naturally tried to press Shift+F11 without the Fn key, but that did not work either.

What did work, however, was:

  • Uncheck the checkbox above
  • Press Shift+Fn+F11
  • Enjoy your screen dump in any way you like
  • Re-check the checkbox above

It’s a bit of a pain, yes. Any suggestions? Having to press the Fn-key each time I have to press an F-key is not an option.