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Windows 7: Snipping tool not able to capture menus in win 7

31 May 2009   #1
itinva

win 7
 
 
Snipping tool not able to capture menus in win 7

When I open the Snipping Tool I am able to hit print screen on my Vista computer and capture drop down menus or the start menu without a problem. When I use the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 I'm not able to use the Print Screen button because I have to use the Fn Key to activate Print screen which is non-responsive on the Win 7 side. It works on the Vista side on the same laptop just not on the Win 7 side. Just as a side not I can capture using Win 7 just can't get the screen shots of menus because they go away when the capture because available.


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31 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello itinva, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use Paint that is included in Windows 7 to do so instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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31 May 2009   #3
itinva

win 7
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply. The problem is when using a laptop I am not able to capture the Start Menu or any menus in MS Office when they appear because they don't remain on the screen when the cross hair appears to capture the screen. It works on my PC keyboard using Vista just not on my laptops running Win 7. I can capture and maniplute images just fine, just menus like the Start menu or when you press the File to choose print screen. Keyboard works laptops can't capture hidden menus once they are revealed.
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31 May 2009   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi itinva,

This may sound like a silly question but have tried the conventional [Ctrl]+[Prt Sc] ?

Works every time on my Laptop running Windows 7
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31 May 2009   #5
itinva

win 7
 
 

Print Screen works for basic screen shots, but are you able to capture just the Start menu options that are seen when you press the Windows Key? I can make screen captures of the desktop, but can not get the Snipping tool to do a screen capture of the Start menu or show how to to go to Start --> Programs using the Snipping tool. Using my PC it will work just not on my two HP laptops.
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31 May 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

itinva,

You will not be able to take screenshots of menus with the Snipping Tool. You can use Paint to take a full screen screenshot with the menus included, then crop the image as needed to have only what you like out of it for the screenshot.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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31 May 2009   #7
itinva

win 7
 
 

Attached is what I can do with the Snipping Tool in Vista using a PC keyboard. I can not do this using a laptop. The Snipping Tool does have the ability to capture menus. Just not on laptops. I even changed the short cut for Print Screen to Ctrl + Alt + Insert, no luck.
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31 May 2009   #8
eVox

Win 7 (7100 x64); OS X 10.5.6
 
 

JUST USE PAINT.
Why are you ignoring Brink's help?
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31 May 2009   #9
The Cool Guy

Windows 8 x64
 
 

Itinva, right click on snipping tool icon in the start menu, click on properties then assign a keyboard shortcut for it; eg. Ctrl+F5 or something like that. Then open up any menu, then press Ctrl+F5 and it works.

Hope this helps,
C.Guy
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31 May 2009   #10
Orbital Shark

 
 

The Snipping tool will not allow for capture of menus (start/context) as they are application sensitive. The Ctrl+Prt Sc is the only way to capture any menu in action.

Start Menu & Context menu captured using 'Print Screen' then editing in Paint as Brink suggested.
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