Registry Setting to Disable and Enable Print Screen Key

Updated: Feb 13

Article No :: KB00008



The print screen key is a physical keyboard key found on most computer keyboards. When we pressed the print screen key, the key sends the current screen image to the computer clipboard. You can find the key with abbreviation as Prscr, PRTSC, PrtScrn, Prt Scrn, or Ps/SR. It is generally located at the top-right of the keyboard.


As, Print Screen key has ability to take the screenshot of the computer screen, some organisation wants this function to be disable to stop the critical data leakage. We have mentioned the registry key method to disable the print screen key button.



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Step to Disable the Print Screen Keyboard Key


1) Go to Run >> Type REGEDIT >> Press Enter (This will open the Registry Editor)


2) Once Registry Editor open, navigate to the below key and create the DWORD "Scancode Map"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,2a,e0,37,e0,00,00,37,e0,\

00,00,54,00,00,00,00,00


Step to Re-Enable the Print Screen Keyboard Key


1) Go to Run >> Type REGEDIT >> Press Enter (This will open the Registry Editor)


2) Once Registry Editor open, navigate to the below key and delete the DWORD "Scancode Map"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

"Scancode Map"=-




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