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How to capture the screen in Windows CE


Applies To

  • Windows CE 1.0, 1.01
  • Windows CE 2.0, 2.0 SP1
  • Windows CE 2.11, 2.12 (H/PC Professional)
  • Windows CE 3.0 (H/PC 2000)


Windows CE does not have native support for an equivalent of the PC "Print Screen" key. This article provides an overview of one such utility designed to provide similar functionality.


  • FAQ
  • How-to Guide


Listed below are some common questions and answers to user questions regarding Windows CE Screen Capture

A. How do I capture an image of the screen
        You will require a CE Screen Capture utility. Please see the download section

How-to Guide:

Any one who has used the Internet to find resources on Windows CE, will have noticed the images present displaying the contents of the screen. 

This is a simple enough task on any desktop PC. Just press the Print Screen (Print Scrn) button, open your favourite graphics application and select paste from the 'Edit' menu, but how do you do this on a H/PC's keyboard.

The answer is to use a Screen Capture application. These programs are small and simple tools that create an image of what is currently displayed on the screen, and then saves it into storage memory. 


This Guide will cover some of the obvious, and perhaps not so obvious solutions for prolonging your experience

You will require approximately 100kb of storage space per image if saved as a .bmp file.


Install and make sure that the screen capture application is running


Launch the program that you wish to take a screen shot of


In the taskbar single Tap the 'Screen Capture icon' that was started when you first ran the image capture program


Connect your device to the desktop computer.

In ActiveSync select 'Explore' and browse to the root menu of your device

Download the Screen Capture image file to the desktop computer