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How do you use the snipping tool in Metro?

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    How do you use the snipping tool in Metro?


    I am using a browser that starts up automatically in Metro. When I want to get a copy of the screen I end up going back to the Metro screen to start up the snipping tool and it opens in the Desktop, but I need it in the Metro area to get a copy of my screen in the browser. I have had to resort to the old fashioned way of getting a print screen and pasting it into Paint then saving it.
    Any hints on this?

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    Welcome to EightForums, phxheat13.

    Good question. Yes, the snipping tool is a Win32 desktop program, so I believe it won't work on the Modern/Metro side. There may be an app in the Store. I'm on my 7 side currently, but when I'm in 8 I'll check it out.

    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.
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    Yes, It will work on anything.

    Run snipping tool first and make sure it's not in Capture mode by pressing <ESC> Key then go to metro screen/Pop Up Menu or whatever you want to capture, hold down <CTRL> key and press PrintScreen, the screen becomes greyed out (capture mode), just click and drag to capture. Press <ESC> if you want to cancel or start over again.

    So the key is: CTRL+PrintScreen to enter capture mode (Screen greyed out) and ESC to get out of capture mode

    Hope this helps !!!
    Last edited by topgundcp; 25 Apr 2013 at 20:04.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Yes, It will work on anything.

    Run snipping tool first and make sure it's not in Capture mode by pressing <ESC> Key then go to metro screen/Pop Up Menu or whatever you want to capture, hold down <CTRL> key and press PrintScreen, the screen becomes greyed out, just click and drag to capture. Press <ESC> if you want to cancel or start over again.

    So the key is: CTRL+PrintScreen to enter capture mode (Screen greyed out) and ESC to get out of capture mode

    Hope this helps !!!


    Note   Note
    The above post from Topgundcp makes my post below unnecessary. As I am so used to this third party tool I am telling about I notice now I have not searched enough for how to do it with Snipping Tool. Anyway, as the FS Capture has and can so much more than the Snipping Tool, I leave my post here.


    Hi Phxheat13, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    I have searched an answer for this, found nothing. I use a third party solution Fast Stone Capture for this. It costs about $20 but up to version 5.3 it was and is free.

    FS Capture official site: FastStone Screen Capture - The Best Screen Capture Software
    Free FS Capture v. 5.3: Old Version of FastStone Capture 5.3 Download - OldApps.com

    Even with FS Capture there's an undocumented trick to get screenshots from Start Screen or Windows App screen, I found it out accidentally:
    When on Start Screen or on a Windows App, click the appropriate keyboard shortcut to launch FS Capture
    Now bring pointer to the upper left corner where you normally would get the list of open but suspended apps and click the mouse button:

    Click image for larger version

    If you selected Capture Rectangle Region (keyboard shortcut CTRL + PRINT SCR) you will now see the FS Capture crosshair and can capture selected rectangle region:

    Click image for larger version

    If you selected Capture Window (keyboard shortcut ALT + PRINT SCR) you will now see the red window selection borders surrounding your Start Screen or Windows App screen. Pressing the mouse button now captures the Start Screen or App window and brings you to editor where you can modify and save your screenshot:

    Click image for larger version

    Easy and fast. If you go for the free version 5.3, it need to be run in compatibility mode otherwise the editor will not be able to save your modifications. Set compatibility to Windows XP:

    Click image for larger version

    Hopefully this helps you at least a bit.

    Kari
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    Very cool, topgundcp. Thank you.

    LOL! It's in the help file. When all else fails.........

    I learned something new today.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Very cool, topgundcp. Thank you.

    LOL! It's in the help file. When all else fails.........

    I learned something new today.
    Same here. I have searched the web, never even peaked the help file.
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    @HippsiesGypsies,
    You are welcome. We all learn new things everyday so you're not alone.

    @Kari,
    Even though Snipping Tool can do most of the basic captures such as Windows, Fullscreen, Freehand, popup/dropdown menu. However, Same as you, I don't use it but I use Snagit instead because it got tons more features.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 26 Apr 2013 at 19:15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    @HippsiesGypsies,
    You are welcome. We all learn new things everyday so you're not alone.

    @Kari,
    Even though Snipping Tool can do most of the basic captures such as Windows, Fullscreen, Freehand. However, Same as you, I don't use it but I use Snagit instead because it got tons more features.
    Snagit or Jing are excellent options. And then there is always the god old Prt Scrn.
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    I hant found a direct way to use snagit, for partial (rectangle) captures? But, you may know, if SnagIt is running, and you "prnt screen", whilst using a metro app, and then hit the Windows key, you are returned to the snagit editor, on the desktop, where you can complete the cut out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I hant found a direct way to use snagit, for partial (rectangle) captures? But, you may know, if SnagIt is running, and you "prnt screen", whilst using a metro app, and then hit the Windows key, you are returned to the snagit editor, on the desktop, where you can complete the cut out.
    Just set Capture Type to All-In-One

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