Hardcopy Extends Windows Print Screen Functionality

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 2, 2009
Updated • Nov 22, 2009
Software, Windows, Windows software

windows software The Windows print screen key will copy the complete screen to the Windows clipboard whenever it is pressed by the user. Many users install programs that give them more control over the screenshot taking process. Hardcopy is such a program. It is a lightweight application that adds several new features that make it easier to take screenshots in Windows. The default function of the print screen key remains the same. Hardcopy adds the feature to take a screenshot of a window by pressing the Alt key before pressing the print screen key.

This will by default send the screen or the window to the default printer in Windows. The settings of the program can be used to change that behavior in many ways. It is for instance possible to change the default behavior to copying or saving the screen, window or a rectangle among other options.

That's however not the only way to access the additional features that Hardcopy offers. Hardcopy places a printer icon on every window title which when pressed will also initiate the configured action. Three different actions can be configured that are triggered by pressing the left, middle and right mouse button.

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The main window of Hardcopy offers basic image editing options which can be useful to quickly edit the screenshot before publishing or sending it.

Probably the most impressive feature of Hardcopy is the amount of computer memory that it needs to run. It uses less than 2 Megabytes of computer memory, usually even less than 1 Megabyte.

Hardcopy is available for all Windows operating systems at the developer's website.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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