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Published: Saturday, 3/16/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Technology questions, answers on Windows 8, Facebook notifications and a bonus tip

NEW YORK TIMES

Q: In Windows 8, nothing happens when I press the Print Screen button; no Screenshots folder shows up in the Pictures library. Can you help?

A: Windows 8 offers a few ways to save an image of what is currently on your computer screen. To automatically take a picture of your computer's screen and save it as a file to your drive, press both the Windows key and the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. After you press the keys (or press the Windows logo and volume down buttons on a touch-screen device), the screen should dim momentarily to indicate the shot was taken. The resulting file appears in the Screenshots folder in your Pictures library folder.

To capture a shot of the screen without saving it as a file to your drive, press just the Print Screen button. From here, you can open an image-editing program like Paint or a word-processing application and paste the captured image into a new file. Pressing the Alt key and the Print Screen key takes a shot of the active window on the screen.

If you are using those keys without success, try pressing the computer's Function (Fn) key as well and see if the shot appears in the folder. Because they generally have room for fewer keys, laptops in particular may remap certain key functions and require a different shortcut combination than the default set used by Windows 8. Check your computer's manual to see if the screen shot function has been moved to different keys.

Microsoft has more information about taking screen shots on its site at bit.ly/Z2L0zc. As with some previous versions of Windows, the Snipping Tool is also available to capture screen shots; instructions for using it in Windows 8 are at bit.ly/ZjgFeh.

Q: I have been hearing mysterious little “boop” sounds coming from the computer and I think it's Facebook making the noise. What is it doing?

A: In addition to visually notifying you of updates and messages from your friends with small red numbers on the icons at top of the screen, Facebook can also provide an audible notification of your friends’ online activity. If you want to make it stop, click the gear-shaped Settings icon in the top-right corner of a Facebook page and select Account Settings.

On the left side of the Account Settings screen, click Notifications. In the middle of the page, under “How You Get Notifications,” go to “On Facebook” and click View. Next, turn off the checkbox next to “Play a sound when each new notification is received.” This setting applies only to the desktop version of Facebook.

In this same settings area, you can also change how frequently Facebook sends you notification updates by email or text message. When you are finished adjusting your notifications settings, click the Save Changes button.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Entering your contact information into Web forms is just as tedious on tablets and smartphones as it is on a regular computer, but the smaller screen sizes on the mobile devices can make data entry more awkward. For Android users — who also use Google's Chrome browser on the computer — the new mobile version of the Chrome browser might save time and typing frustration.

If you are logged into Chrome on all your devices, you can tap into the same saved passwords and autofill entries you previously stored in the desktop version of Chrome. As Google explains on its Chrome blog, you need to be running the beta (testing) versions of the browser on both the desktop and on your mobile devices. You can find more information and links to the software at bit.ly/WNpwuc.



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