As I’ve been starting to work with Windows 8, taking screen captures is always helpful. For what is called the Desktop part of Windows 8, there is no difference from Windows 7 in how I get my captures. I can use the Snipping Tool or any other Windows-based capture tool just as I have in the past. However, that only works for the Desktop. The new Windows 8 style of apps requires a different approach. I found the following technique to work.

Find and Launch the Snipping Tool.

This is the capture tool that comes installed with Windows.

  • To find it from the Start screen, start typing “snipping”. The Search panel appears along with a tile for the Snipping Tool.
  • If you would like to have this utility easily available, right-click the Search result and choose Pin to Start from the app bar at the bottom of the screen. This will add the tile to the Start screen.

Snipping Tool


  1. Click the tile to launch the Snipping Tool. It appears in the Desktop.
  2. From the Snipping Tool menu bar, click New.
  3. Press the Esc key. The only thing you will see happen is the Cancel button to dim.
  4. Press the Win key. The Start screen returns.
  5. Launch the Windows 8 app that you want to capture. Arrange the app to look the way you want it to look.
  6. Press Ctrl+Fn+Prt sc. The Fn + Prt sc combination may vary for different keyboards. The Snipping Tool menu appears. Select the type of capture from the new menu.

As in the Desktop, the Full-screen snip will be taken automatically and immediately. The Rectangular Snip requires you to drag the target area. I haven’t been able to get two apps together on the screen with the computer I am using for Windows 8. So, I don’t know if the Windows Snip will work.

The Snipping Tool interface appears in Desktop mode with the captured image. Save it to the desired location.

One or more utility vendors will eventually make a fully compatible version for Windows 8. I hope.