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One of the tools I've found invaluable in answering questions on SU is the snipping tool. I may on occasion need to take screenshots of part of the start screen or 'modern' apps. I may not want to take a complete screenshot, and while I can use PrtSc and switch back into desktop to paste it, this is clunky if I need to document a multi-step process.

Can I use the snipping tool on modern apps or the start screen? If not is there a configurable way to save a series of screenshots to a fixed folder, say when I press a combination of keys, so I can work, screenshot, then crop and annotate the folder of images?

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  • What do you mean by snipping tool?
    – soandos
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:22
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    @soandos it's a screenshot utility that started shipping with Windows 7 (or Vista?). Oct 22, 2012 at 10:26
  • @soandos - Under Windows 7, Click start > Accessories > Snipping tool. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipping_Tool for more info. Louis - Windows Vista.
    – tombull89
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:26

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Answering the last part of your question, as per this question pressing Windows + PrtSc will save screenshots to your Pictures folder.

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  • What if you have a mac and you don't have a PrintScreen button? Mar 23, 2015 at 18:04
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No, you cannot. I have even tried putting Windows 8 UI apps on a second extended monitor, but the tool just can't see the apps.

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The best way to do take a screen shot is using the Steps Recorder App. It opens on the Desktop, after which you could start "recording" - Open the start screen and any app you wish to take a screen shot off. Simply right click (you can see a red dot near your mouse pointer confirming the screenshot).

After you are done you could stop recording and go back to the desktop mode. You will see a sequence of screenshots and you could select which ever you want.

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