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How to get sceenshot of Windows 8.1 Metro Tiles

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    How to get sceenshot of Windows 8.1 Metro Tiles

    Greetings from Colorado; I'm a newbie here but have looked around the forums a bit. I have been using the program Screen Hunter for screen shots before but have just gotten a new 8.1 desktop and when I run S.H., from the Metro Tile, it jumps me to the Windows 7 style desktop and doesn't seem to allow me to go back to the Tiles to take a screen shot there. I've got a PrtScr key on my keyboard but that doesn't seem to do anything. Has anyone been successful in capturing a good screen shot of all their Tiles?

    Regards, Patric

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    Patric, on my Toshiba laptop running Windows 8.1., I use FN+PRTSC to get a screenshot. I just checked to see if it worked on the tile screen and it did. If that doesn't work for you, type Snipping Tool at the Start screen and hit Enter. That tool in Windows is even better to use for screenshots than what I mentioned.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,288
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    I found this at

    How to capture the Start Menu By aroms on

    Start Menu captured!

    We discovered a handy little tip for the snipping tool over at Microsoft.If you have ever wanted to ‘snip’ the Start Menu or capture a drop down item list then just follow these simple steps
    1) Start the Snipping Tool
    2) Press ‘Esc’ or click the Cancel button in the tool to cancel the current snip or capture
    3) Open the Start Menu or the drop down list you wish to capture
    4) Now the important step, press the CTRL + Prnt Scrn keys simultaneously
    5) You will notice that your screen goes into ‘snip’ mode i.e. it greys out, yet the menu or drop down still appears
    6) Now you can snip away capturing your image as normal
    It may seem counter-intuitive to use the CTRL + Prnt Scrn keys as this action will normally copy a screen shot to the clipboard but of course you will still have to crop/edit that image in an image processing tool.
    This method allows you to crop the image straight away and then of course have all of the edit functionality of the Snipping Tool itself.
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  4. #4

    That worked out great. Would be nice if there was a printing option after the screen shot but I was able to save it to my pictures folder then go there and print from there. Also I had to take two screen shots because I wasn't able to scroll over to get the complete shot, but I think that is also the case for any screen shot software.

    Thanks very much for your help,
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