Windows 8.1 Snipping Tool: Taking Snip of Pulldown Menu that Does not Stay on Screen

Hey, all.

I need to take screenshot of a pulldown menu on a web page. Problem is that the pulldown menu stays on the screen only when I hover my mouse over another (higher-level) menu choice. Accordingly, when I try to switch focus to the snipping tool, the menu I need to capture vanishes.

I know that I can pretend I'm on XP, take an old-fashioned screen shot, paste it into Paint, etc., but I'd rather leverage the snipping tool if I can.  Is what I need even possible?

Thanks,
Steve
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
From here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-snipping-tool-capture-screen-shots#1TC=windows-8

Capture a snip of a menu

After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.

Press Ctrl+PrtScn.

Tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
OK.  Going through the directions step-by-step.


1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
OK that worked.

2. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.
OK that worked.

3. Tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want
Problem is that when I click NEW, the menu disappears, so I can't choose the area of the screen to capture..... Thanks.

4.  and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Well, then.
Get Greenshot, press PrtScr and you'll be able to capture anything you want on the screen. Including menus that need focus.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, will keep in mind, but I'm hoping to find a way within WIndows itself to do what I need.
Does anyone else if this can be done?

Thanks,
Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
I suppose this is what you mean by "an old-fashioned screen shot", but I simply hit the PrintScreen key when the menu is exposed and that will capture everything. I then paste it into my photo imaging software of choice (usually IrfanView or PaperPort, depending on what needs to be done) and crop it, delete or redact areas, add arrows, highlights, circles, etc. It's a lot easier to do that in a top quality photo imaging product than in the Snipping Tool — the results are well worth it if you're going to use the screenshot in a document/publication. Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe, thanks. That's more or less what I tried while waiting for a response, and would have done something similar before the Snipping Tool existed. And, yes, the screenshot is for a document...an short instruction set per using a web application.

Steve
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If you're going to use something outside Windows anyway, Greenshot has built-in the crop function. Basically when you press PrtScr some arrows appear which allow you to select exactly what you want, then save it as a JPG, PNG, GIF or TIFF.

Very handy for quick screen grabs here in E-E.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Our messages crossed. If you really want to do it with the Snipping Tool, here's how:

Run Snipping Tool
Click Cancel
Click the New drop-down and select Rectangular Snip
Pull down the menu you want to capture
Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen

The Snipping tool will gray-out the desktop and you'll get a cross-hair — drag it on your dropped down menu

That's it! Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe,
OK, I'll try it in a bit. Thanks.
Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Steve,
Our messages crossed again. Since you're using the screenshots for a document that provides instructions for a web app, I really think you want more than the Snipping Tool has to offer — if nothing else, arrows, circles, and text to guide your reader. Just my humble, of course. :)  Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Run Snipping Tool
Click Cancel
Click the New drop-down and select Rectangular Snip
*** Joe, right here the web page gets grayed out so I can't pull down this menu....
Pull down the menu you want to capture
Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen

Btw, point taken about maybe not using the Snipping Tool for what I'm doing, but I've devoted enough time to this riddle that I'd like to find out for sure how to do it. That said, if I'm told that it's not supported, that's fine, too. :)

Thanks.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Sorry — one more step is needed — click Cancel again after selecting Rectangular Snip. I guarantee that will do it! To recap:

Run Snipping Tool
Click Cancel
Click the New drop-down and select Rectangular Snip
Click Cancel
Pull down the menu you want to capture
Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen
Drag cross-hair on dropped down menu
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe, that worked!

Can I ask a favor, i want to credit you with the points, but would prefer the entire procedure be in one answer. Would you be able to cut/paste the below into a new response? Thanks!

Run Snipping Tool
Click Cancel
Click the New drop-down and select Rectangular Snip
Click Cancel
Pull down the menu you want to capture
Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen

The Snipping tool will gray-out the desktop and you'll get a cross-hair — drag it on your dropped down menu
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Here's the procedure:

Run the Snipping Tool (ST)

The desktop will gray-out — click Cancel in ST to remove the gray-out

Click the New drop-down in ST and select Rectangular Snip

The desktop will gray-out again — click Cancel in ST to remove the gray-out

Pull down the menu you want to capture

Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen

The desktop will gray-out again, but this time, drag the cross-hair that ST gives you on your dropped-down menu, such as from upper left to lower right

When you release the mouse dragging the cross-hair, it will capture the dragged area into the ST window — in this case, your dropped-down menu

Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks again. In the middle of another project now, but will assign you points, etc tomorrow. Have a good evening.
Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
No rush for the points, Steve — whenever it's convenient for you. You have a nice evening, too. Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe,
Per your first instruction, when I "ran the snipping tool (ST)", the desktop did not gray out. Perhaps this is b/c in order to run the ST, I had to go to my applications screen. Once I invoked it, Windows took me to back to the web page. So, perhaps, the first step should say:

If the desktop grays-out — click Cancel in ST to remove the gray-out

Sorry to be picky, but as a Tech Writer, I tend to impose such standards on myself. :)

If you agree, would you able to repost one more time with my correction?

Thanks
Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Perhaps this is b/c in order to run the ST, I had to go to my applications screen.

I don't know what you mean by "my applications screen". If you run ST via Start>All Programs>Accessories>Snipping Tool or by a shortcut you create elsewhere (such as the desktop) or by a hotkey (defined in the shortcut), ST will gray-out the desktop and give you the cross-hair. Unless ST is already running (having been started and then hitting Cancel), ST will always gray-out the desktop and give you the cross-hair. So if the gray-out is not occurring, it means that ST was already running (and running it again simply changed focus to it) — I'm not aware of any other way that a non-gray-out can happen, although I'm curious to understand what you mean by "my applications screen". Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
OK...blame my being on a learning curve per 8.1. I meant the Start Menu! :)
Thanks.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Oops, sorry again, I reverted back to my W7 mentality. :)  I just tried it in W8 (although it's a W8 system with Classic Shell on it) and you are correct — when running ST from the Metro screen, it comes up on the desktop without graying it out. I don't know if it will always do that in W8, but I think your lead-in caveat (If the desktop grays-out...) is a good idea. So here's the full procedure:

Run the Snipping Tool (ST)

If the desktop grays-out, click Cancel in ST to remove the gray-out

Click the New drop-down in ST and select Rectangular Snip

The desktop will gray-out — click Cancel in ST to remove the gray-out

Pull down the menu you want to capture

Hit Ctrl-PrintScreen

The desktop will gray-out again, but this time, drag the cross-hair that ST gives you on your dropped-down menu, such as from upper left to lower right

When you release the mouse dragging the cross-hair, it will capture the dragged area into the ST window — in this case, your dropped-down menu
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe,

Thank you for patiently working with me to resolve. Have a great afternoon!

Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Steve. You have a great afternoon, too. Regards, Joe
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