How to use Alt+Print Screen with VMWare or VirtualBox on Mac OSX

If you’ve ever had a Windows process or application you were trying to document using screenshots, chances are that you’ve used the Alt+Print Screen shortcut to capture a single window to the clipboard. If you have Windows running on a virtual environment like VMWare or VirtualBox under Mac OSX, you can still use the print screen key. Here’s how:

  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Click on Keyboard
  3. Check the “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” box on the Keyboard tab.
  4. Use the F13 key as your Print Screen key, and the option key (alt) for your alt.  For example Alt+Print Screen would translate to option+F13

4 thoughts on “How to use Alt+Print Screen with VMWare or VirtualBox on Mac OSX

  1. This would be great except on a MacBook Pro, the keyboard F keys only go up to F12. Any ideas?

  2. Hey Michele,

    Try creating a custom key mapping:
    VMWare Fusion->Preferences->Keyboard & Mouse->Key Mappings->(+)

    Choose the combo you want to map in the From section.
    Then, choose “Print Scrn” from the dropdown list in the To section.

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