Windows 11 is Ditching an Almost 20-Year-Old Feature and Users Aren’t Happy About It

Microsoft’s Windows is ditching a classic feature of PC keyboards that dates back around two decades, and users aren't happy about it. Print Screen is a button on PC keyboards that takes a screenshot and automatically copies it so users can paste it into another application. Now, an upcoming update for Windows 11 will change it so the Print Screen button opens up Microsoft’s Snipping Tool instead, resulting in extra time-consuming hurdles for Windows users. Instead, they will have to manually take a screenshot in Snipping Tool before copying and pasting it. There is, however, a little good news. You can roll back your keyboard to the “classic” Print Screen function by heading to Settings, clicking on Accessibility, followed by Keyboard, and then toggle off the option “Use the Print Screen key to open Snipping Tool.” Print Screen first started appearing on PC keyboards in the 1980s and is often labeled as PrtSc or PrtScn.