Can I use the snipping tool to take a screenshot of the windows 8 start screen or modern apps?

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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?

How to solve :

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Method 1

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

Method 2

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.

Method 3

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.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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