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Windows 7: Snipping tool can capture the active Start Menu

15 Jun 2009   #1
Orbital Shark

Snipping tool can capture the active Start Menu

As small as this sounds.....i've just found a way to get 'Snipping Tool' to capture the Start Menu.

There are many reasons that users would want to use the Snipping Tool, the main reason is to capture small 'Snippets' of the desktop in it's current user state.

If you right-click the 'Snipping Tool' shortcut on the Start Menu and select Open then the Start Menu actually stays active, allowing for capture of any part of the Start Menu.

Hope this is usefull for some people

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Or you could open the snipping tool, click New so it unfreezes the screen, click on the start menu or any other context menu/menu to show it and press Ctrl+Prt Scrn.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

ahh!, Nice find!

Snipping tool can capture the active Start Menu-startmenu.png

My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jun 2009   #4

XP, Seven, 2008R2

It works. :)

There's another tool you might like called Cropper. It can do this too, with alt+printscrn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2009   #5
Orbital Shark


LOL Aaron, very true......And i thought i found it with pure hard detective work
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 64-bit

MS OneNote (Office 2007) does this with a key press!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2016   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

My snipping tool is not working for some reason. I've tried everything suggested here.

I can take a normal screenshot, but not a menu.

After I click the ESC, then open the menu I want and click Ctrl+PrtScreen -- nothing hsppens. I triped right click/open and that didn't work either.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2016   #8


are you trying to get it like post#3
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Snipping tool can capture the active Start Menu

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