System hacks: Adding a sound for Windows PrtSc screenshots

When we press the PrtSc key in Windows 10, a complete screenshot goes to the system’s clipboard (Figure 1). Although this is a simple operation, there is no prompt from the system and we don’t know if we actually pressed the key and took the picture, so if we can add a sound to the action of pressing the PrtSc key, when we hear the sound that the screenshot is completed, it will be more secure in our mind. It is not difficult to get this effect, just use the registry editor with the system sound settings to add a personalized sound to the PrtSc key.


1. Add the relevant items with the registry editor

Right-click on the Start button and select Run, type REGEDIT in the Run box and enter to start the Registry Editor. Locate “HKEY_CURRENT_USERAppEventsSchemesApps.Default”, then right-click on “.Default” to create a new “Item” and name it “SnapShot” (Figure 2). Close the Registry Editor.


2. Add a sound alert in the system sound settings

Search for “Change system sound” in the taskbar search box and launch the searched component. In the Sound Settings window that opens next, scroll through the “Program Events” list, find the newly added SnapShot option and click on it, then pick a sound file you are happy with from the “Sound” drop-down list (Figure 3). If you want to set up a custom sound file, convert your sound file to WAV format and load it via the “Browse” button.


When you have done so, click the Apply button. After that, when the PrtSc key is pressed, a sound will play, meaning that the screenshot has been taken and saved to the desired location.

Extended reading.

Not only can we dub PrtSc screenshot actions, but we can also use this method to add sound alerts for other aspects, such as system logout, login, unlock, etc. In the registry, locate “HKEY_CURRENT_USERAppEventsEventLabels”, find the WindowsLogon branch, then find ExcludeFromCPL in its right pane, double click on it and change its value from Double-click it and change the value from 1 to 0 to display the “Windows Logon” option in the “Sound” window, and then specify a sound file for it in the “Sound” settings to enable the system logon Then, specify a sound file for it in the “Sound” settings to enable the system login prompt. Similarly, find WindowsLogoff, WindowsUnlock and other branch items for corresponding operations, you can add logout, unlock and other items, and then add a sound file to turn on the sound prompt (Figure 4).


In addition, if you want to turn on or off the audible alerts for the Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Shift and Alt controls, you can do so using the options in the “Easy to use → Narrator” settings (Figure 5).


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