Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – No PrintScreen Button on the Type Cover

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The Surface Pro 3 Type covers lacks the traditional PrintScreen button which is useful for grabbing a quick screenshot of your screen.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Keyboard

A workaround is to simply press Fn + Windows + Space in sequence.

The screen will dim briefly and then a screenshot will be stored in Pictures\Screenshots.




21 thoughts on “Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – No PrintScreen Button on the Type Cover

  1. Actually, the traditional Print Screen button is there, it is just unmarked. Try hitting Fn + Spacebar 🙂
    I also would have preferred to see the screen brightness controls indicated on the keyboard as well, but they are super top secret.. (Fn + Del, Fn + Backspace for up and down respectively). This one is particularly annoying as the keyboard lights are there (above F1 & F2) – but the keyboard backlight is something you are unlikely to want to constantly adjust.

    1. Thanks for commenting Brad … I would have liked to have dedicated keys for screen brightness too, but the ‘hidden’ keyboard shortcuts or the charms bar work well enough 🙂

  2. Gosh – how quickly we get out of touch… Thought the Surface Pro 3 would be the answer to my prayers when my clunky Win 7 laptop started to play up. But that just ushered in the beginning of the nightmare that is Win 8.1!! Thanks for your tips- they make me realise that change doesn’t always have to be bad.

    Good karma to you and yours!

    1. Glad you found the tips helpful Andy! It took me a little while to get used to the changes in Windows 8. Before we know it Windows 10 will be here! 🙂

  3. This was extremely helpful! I’m back in school and bought a Surface for taking notes in the classroom, etc. Your tips and tricks really help in navigating the cover keyboard so that I can still easily find and use all the shortcuts that are available on the standard keyboard!

  4. Thanks for the tips. On my Windows 8 Laptop, if I hit the PRT-SCR button I got a chance to grab a portion of the screen and choose whether to save or simply copy the image from the screenshot. That’s not the case with my Surface Pro 3.

    How can I do the snippet? (I don’t want to use the clunky snipping tool…it’s horrible. Unless it has been upgraded from Win 7.) With my Win 8 laptop it was a snap.


  5. Using FN+WINDOWS+SPACE stores it into PICTURES\SCREENSHOTS but in PNG format.
    How do you translate it into a format printable in WORD?

    1. Do .png images show up in Print Preview? You might need to update your printer drivers? What version of Word are you using?

  6. You could just screenshot your image and use the CROP functionality in Word to narrow down your selection – works a treat 🙂

  7. Thanks for the Fn + Space idea to take a full screen shot to the Windows clipboard!

    Contributing back to the thread, Alt + Fn + Space takes a screen shot of the current application only which can be pasted into mspaint, Word, or Gmail.

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