1. coip's Avatar
    In desktop mode of Windows 8 you can use the snipping tool (love that little guy) or Sent to One Note screen capture tool to grab a snapshot of any part of your computer screen. However, neither of these applications work in "Metro" mode. How can I snag a small screen capture in modern UI mode of Windows 8 on my PC? I know on my Surface I can take full screen captures using the Start Button+Volume Down key, but how about on a PC and how about something smaller than the entire screen?
    10-24-2013 01:33 AM
  2. Vikram Dinesh's Avatar
    On a PC it is really easy to take a screen shot. Just press the "Prt Scr" button on your keyboard. Then open Paint (or any other image editing software) and press "Ctrl+V". The screen shot will get pasted into the app. And if you want something smaller than the entire screen then just select the portion you want and crop the image.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-24-2013 01:40 AM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    10-24-2013 01:50 AM
  4. anon5351951's Avatar
    I've been wondering the same thing... I know the PrtScr button from Win7, but what happens when you're using a Surface? With no Prt Scr button
    10-24-2013 02:07 AM
  5. Vikram Dinesh's Avatar
    The method described in the link above did not work on my PC. I pressed Prt Scr but there was no screenshot folder in my pictures album.
    10-24-2013 02:56 AM
  6. gedzum's Avatar
    It should be the Windows key + Prt Scr. It should then save it to your screenshots folder. That's how it works for me at least
    10-24-2013 03:00 AM
  7. coip's Avatar
    On a PC it is really easy to take a screen shot. Just press the "Prt Scr" button on your keyboard. Then open Paint (or any other image editing software) and press "Ctrl+V". The screen shot will get pasted into the app. And if you want something smaller than the entire screen then just select the portion you want and crop the image.
    I would hardly call that easy. Easy is double clicking on "snipping tool" and then promptly getting a snippet screen capture that I can quickly copy and paste into a document. I cannot comprehend why Microsoft would confine the snipping tool to the desktop only.
    10-24-2013 04:05 AM
  8. coip's Avatar
    I've been wondering the same thing... I know the PrtScr button from Win7, but what happens when you're using a Surface? With no Prt Scr button
    You can take a screen capture on Surface similar to how you do it on Windows Phone: Simultaneously press and hold the capacitive Windows key on the lower front facade and the volume down button on the upper left side. You'll hear a camera shutter sound and the screen capture will be saved in your Photos app.

    That said, editing screen captures in Paint, especially on a Surface using touch controls, is not an intuitive process. Microsoft needs to make Snipping Tool compatible with Modern apps.
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    10-24-2013 04:08 AM
  9. Vikram Dinesh's Avatar
    It should be the Windows key + Prt Scr. It should then save it to your screenshots folder. That's how it works for me at least
    This works. Thanks.
    10-24-2013 05:48 AM
  10. Sonny Dickson's Avatar
    Normally a print scrn button is available in every keyboard, but if you are not able to use it then use this tool: Five Best Screen Capture Tools or if you want to record your Windows screen in a video or making a video of your Windows screen then use this tool: Screen recording software - BB FlashBack Express, great value screen recorder software
    04-22-2014 06:30 AM
  11. kennethz3's Avatar
    In desktop mode of Windows 8 you can use the snipping tool (love that little guy) or Sent to One Note screen capture tool to grab a snapshot of any part of your computer screen. However, neither of these applications work in "Metro" mode. How can I snag a small screen capture in modern UI mode of Windows 8 on my PC? I know on my Surface I can take full screen captures using the Start Button+Volume Down key, but how about on a PC and how about something smaller than the entire screen?
    I've found the Snipping Tool to be the most adequate choice to clip a part of a Modern app. It's built in Windows 8.1 and works quite well. I usually snap the desktop and the modern app side by side and click the New button. Then I go to Edit -> Copy and paste the image to OneNote. It is not as seamless as taking a OneNote screen clipping but very effective nonetheless.
    10-12-2014 12:20 PM
  12. Leo1111's Avatar
    Another way to use the Snipping Tool that allows capture of Metro/Modern app screens is to start the Snipping Tool (it takes you to desktop but just leave it on there), then go to the App screen you want to capture and hit Ctrl+PrtScn to activate the Snipping Tool there. This also works without a physical keyboard by first starting the Win8 OnScreen Keyboard (OSK).
    Last edited by Leo1111; 04-09-2015 at 11:25 AM.
    04-09-2015 11:15 AM

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