How were the screenshots done in the past? Thus was born the eternal PrtScrn

It is one of those “eternal” keys on the keyboards of our computers.One that we do not pay much attention to, but has (or rather had) far more relevance than some might think. The PrtScrn key (or ImprPant, among other nomenclatures) to print the screen solved a few problems in the beginnings of computing.

Legendary keyboards like IBM Model F or Model M adopted this key, which simplified – as its name implies – the task of printing what we had on the screen to a printer. Screenshots have come a long way to the present day, and that makes it hard for many to remember that taking a simple picture of a screen was much more complicated a few years ago. Continue Reading