Multiple Monitors and PrntScrn in Windows 10

The PrntScrn or ‘Print Screen’ keyboard function has been around a long time, coming into existence well before multiple monitor setups were all the rage. Now that multiple monitor setups are much more common we thought we’d take a quick look at how the PrntScrn key operates with multiple screens in Windows 10.

1) PrntScrn

A straight PrntScrn command captures a full ‘screen dump’ incorporating all the monitors, no single/window capture here. Of note is that it also captures dropdowns plus the Start Window as seen on the image below which displays the Firefox options menu highlighted in the centre monitor screen.

Snipping Tool no longer opens with a new Snip automatically

We came across a recent post on Ten Forums where the user was wondering why the Snipping Tool, in Windows 10, no longer opens automatically in ‘Capture’ mode as it did in Windows 7 (and Vista apparently).

The post digresses into how many clicks it takes to open the Snipping Tool, but it was the disappearance of this automatic ‘Capture’ mode the user was really missing.

So we dug a bit deeper and found a video on MSDN’s Channel9 where Gov Maharaj and Larry Larsen discuss users queries on Windows 8. At 13:50 in the video, they discuss the Snipping Tool’s automatic ‘Capture’ mode and the bad news is ….

[The removal of the automatic ‘Capture’ mode] was due to customer feedback, there was [sic] certain workflows that people were using the snipping tool for, where having it automatically start was actually causing some issues, so, we decided, well, here’s actual feedback that says we’d like it a different way, so we set it to be a different way, and just clicking on ‘New’ is actually pretty reasonable …’

They add that there is no switch which can set this mode, so, unfortunately, it has gone for good, well at least for the moment.

Here’s the video, starting from the relevant point

Found via EightForums

How to Add the Snipping Tool to Toolbar

We are quite often asked ‘How can I add the Snipping Tool to the Toolbar?’. The simple answer is you can’t. Technically speaking the ‘Toolbar’ in Windows is a seldom-used option accessed by right-clicking on the Taskbar and selecting the Toolbars option. There is a custom toolbar option but this is generally used for allowing quick access to a folder rather than a specific application.

We tend to find that most users confuse the Taskbar with the Toolbar and they are in fact asking ‘How do I add the Snipping Tool to my Taskbar?’. Now this is a relatively straightforward question. Just follow the steps below or watch the video on the right to pin the Snipping Tool to your Windows Taskbar.

  1. Click on your Start icon
  2. Click on the Programs icon
  3. Scroll down to the ‘W’ section
  4. Click on the ‘Windows Accessories’ folder to expand it
  5. Right click on the Snipping Tool icon
  6. Click the ‘Pin to Taskbar’ option
  7. The Snipping Tool icon should now be displayed on the Taskbar

Microsoft Snip App

Microsoft has a new development area entitled Microsoft Garage, which is an outlet for experimental projects. One of those experimental projects is a snipping tool app called ‘Snip’. Snip extends the functionality of the standard Windows snipping tool and has been given a more modern ‘app’ feel to its user interface.

How do I get ‘Snip’?

You can download Snip (and read more about it) from the Snip web page on the Microsoft Office Mix website. The download file is approximately 2MB and installation of Snip is pretty quick – no reboot required.

How do I use ‘Snip’?

Snip creates it’s own folder in your Start Menu containing a shortcut for the app. Simply click on the shortcut to start the app.


Once started, the app is displayed at the top of the screen as a discreet thin black rectangle. To view Snip’s options simply hover over the rectangle


The first image is the Capture option and clicking on this changes the mouse cursor to a crosshair-style icon with a viewfinder. To cancel your snip simply press the escape key. Moving the crosshair around the screen, the underlying image will be expanded in the viewfinder to allow very accurate snipping. During a snip, the app appears to split the screen into two distinct areas, the main window and taskbar. Also a quick click on the mouse, without dragging, will capture the current area the mouse is in, i.e. a full screen shot without the taskbar or just the taskbar depending on which of the two areas the mouse is in. Quite handy if you just want a simple screen shot.

By default, Snip starts out docked to the top of your main monitor, but it can be dragged to anywhere on your display. It will automatically dock to the edge of a display (and hide itself) or can be left, fully open, in the middle of a display and will remain ‘Always-on-top’ as you switch between windows.

If you are running multiple monitors, then the Snip app highlights the current screen by slightly greying out the other monitors as you move the mouse around, yet you can snip across multiple displays.

To start your snip, simply click and hold, then drag and release to the highlight your desired snip image. On releasing the cross-hair icon disappears and the Snip Editor window is opened. In the editor you can, highlight areas of the image, draw on the image, even create a video with audio whilst drawing on the image, great for tutorials etc.


We’ll look at the Snip Editor tools in more detail in another post as there are quite a few. Needless to say, the usual options are available, including ‘Save’ with multiple file type options – png, jpg, gif and bmp. The default filename has been amended from ‘CAPTURE’ to a datetime-stamped format of ‘snip_YYYYMMDDhhmmss’. Quite handy if you need to rattle off a number of snips.

We like the new Snipping Tool or should that be Snipping App from Microsoft. We’re guessing that it will eventually replace the old Snipping tool as the standard Windows snipping tool which won’t be a bad thing. The new version certainly has lots of extra features that we have been wanting for ages on our old Windows snipping tool. And, it will probably merge into the Office toolset as well.

If you are using the new Microsoft ‘Snip’ app, please let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.



New Snipping Tool features in Windows 10

The main new feature in the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 is the addition of the Delay option on the main menu bar


This option allows you to select a delay in seconds that will occur between when you press New and when the Snipping Tool grays out the screen for selection. This feature allows you to click on menus etc before making a selection. These menus or options may have been ones that disappear when the New button is clicked i.e. when the Snipping Tool regains focus in Windows. With the delay option you can now set focus to other applications even Windows itself before selecting your ‘snip’. For example, this will allow you to take snips of fly-out drop down menus, the Windows start menu etc. A delay between 0 (normal snipping mode) and 5 seconds can be set. Here’s how to use this new feature

  1. Start the Snipping Tool
  2. Set the Delay option to the desired snipping delay
  3. Click New and the Snipping Tool will momentarily disappear
  4. Now open/close the menus you require to snip
  5. After the delay has expired, your screen will go opaque and you will be able to snip menus etc that would normally close when clicking New on the Snipping Tool

The first minor change we found was the removal of the Display icon in the Quick Launch toolbar from the Snipping Tool Options dialog.


Another small change was the addition of a Print option once you had captured a snip.