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How do you use the snipping tool in Metro?

  1. #11

    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    You can do it the OLD fashioned way FOR FREE / NO 3rd party stuff required if you have say Ms Word / Wordpad on your system. Wordpad is there in Windows by default.

    1) in the Metro app hit Prt screen which will save to clipboard.
    2) Now start Ms Word / Wordpad (this will start in Desktop mode), If you don't have Word - WORDPAD works just fine too (installed by default)
    3) Hit CTRL V (or paste) Your screen image will appear in Ms Word / Wordpad
    4) Re-size in Ms word / wordpad at will
    5) Now use the Snipping tool as you would on the desktop - select the bit you want and save say as .png

    The advantage of doing this is that things like popup screens / menus etc are captured as well . Normally when using the snipping tool a popup screen, right mouse click menu etc disappear.

    FREE simple easy.

    Sample screenshot enc from the Metro Financial application. Part of the screen selected using method shown and Wordpad.

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  2. #12

    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Normally when using the snipping tool a popup screen, right mouse click menu etc disappear.
    Not true at all !!! snipping tool can do all.

    1. Run Snipping tool, select Capture type (Full screen, Windows, Region, Freehand), Press ESC if screen greyed out
    2. Display the captured target (Context menu in the screen shot example)
    3. CTRL+PrintScreen (Screen greyed out => Capture Mode), then Capture

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    Last edited by topgundcp; 27 Apr 2013 at 12:12.
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  3. #13

    Ah. Topgun.
    I think I have an older version than you (9.1)

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    The options in SnagIt are great, far in excess of the snipping tool or prntscreen, but, in answer to Jimbo, neither have any distinct advantage over a simple prtscreen to paint, or whatever, and edit. One thing that can be done, though, is very easy adding of notes or pointers, with the help of the auto snagit editor window.

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  4. #14

    San Jose - California
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    Hi DaveHC,
    That would explain it, I have the latest 11.2. However, you can use snipping tool in this case.
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  5. #15

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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6

    I've been using Printkey2000 for the past 7 years. Ypu can also set it to run in the background automatically on startup. So everytime you need to capture the entire screen, by window or by object, you just hit prntscrn key and an option window (see photo) will popup. You can print it out directly (on paper or pdf) or save in any format you want.

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  6. #16

    Spartan Lite Clipboard (500 cells & 2 macros for archiving) & Spartan Clipboard (10460 cells & 140 macros) work great also.

    Spartan Lite Clipboard can also save the last 25 deleted clips & 25 Windows clipboard history (when you turn Spartan Lite Capturing off and may still need a clip or more for multi-pasting later)
    Spartan Clipboard
    can also save the last 523 deleted clips & 523 Windows clipboard history (when you turn Spartan Capturing off and may still need a clip or more for multi-pasting later)
    They are not a screen capturing program but pressing Print Scrn captures full image. Pressing Alt+Print Scrn captures active window.
    Right click+copy saves a picture. Highlighting text, right click+copy saves text.

    After 25 saves you need to clear yellow cells by deleting or saving to an open white cell.
    If you have many graphic images on a page you can view all at once by clicking the Pictures tab & Browse Picture Clips on this Sheet.
    When you edit an image in your clipboard, you have option to also save a copy somewhere else on your computer.

    The biggest advantage to this not being a screen capturing program is its editor. It has all kinds of fancy tricks like FastStone Capture
    BUT, as long as you leave your original on the clipboard you will always be able to re-edit the image. Even after you save the changes.
    Text boxes stay alive so will be able move them, change their contents etc.

    It has Bulk Paste, Bulk Paste to Cells Across & Bulk Paste to Cells Down.

    Detailed Descriptions
    Click herefor video demos
    Click here for more screen shots
    Click here for a tour of features
    Click here to browse the Spartan Help Files
    Click here to compare editions.

    Standard Hard Disk Edition Runs on all versions of Windows from 98 to Windows 8

    Portable Edition for USB Drives Runs from any USB drive (USB drive menu available here)

    U3 Edition for U3 Drives Runs from U3 Smart Drives

    The Microsoft Office (And most other) multi clipboards simply retain the last few clips so that you can copy more than once before pasting. That functionality doesn't even scratch the surface of what Spartan can do!
    You can save clips permanently. You can take (and edit ) screen shots. You can create clips which automatically include the system date and time. You can encrypt sensitive clips like your passwords and credit card details. You can paste any digital photo or graphic file on your PC simply by browsing to it and clicking a button - and you have the option to paste it in the format accepted by Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail which other clipboards do not offer.
    As well as a multi clipboard, you get a year planner, a graphics editor and a picture browser thrown in. Clips which are Web addresses work as bookmarks. Clips which are phone numbers will dial via your modem. Clips which are files on your PC work as shortcuts to them. It will remove email indentation chevrons from text. It will word wrap fixed line length text (Including the repair of hyphenated words) It even pastes text into old DOS programs! The list of uses for this software just goes on and on.
    Have you ever needed information on one computer that you know you have on another?
    Forget transferring files. Spartan portable editions run entirely from plug in flash drives.
    Plug into one PC and copy. Plug into another and paste.
    It's that easy!

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  7. #17

    Madrid, Spain
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    Windows 8.1 x64

    PickPic is the best one. You can set it in many ways, but just clicking on print screen alone or in other key will capture the desired region.

    It's free. PicPick :: All-in-one Design Tool, Screen Capture, Image editor, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler and More
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  8. #18

    You can use WinKey/PrintScreen combo that will take a screenshot and place it in a folder named the same for you to edit in an editing program or app.
    Das ist wirklich gut !

    Before I used to do "PrnScr", start an app, paste, edit and save. But now a single click does the job !

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