Windows 8 Metro apps

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Metro apps look like this...

 

MetroApps

 

They're also known as Modern UI apps and Windows Store apps.

 

In Windows 8 and 8.1, these programs run outside the Desktop, but the tricks below will capture them.

 

In Windows 10, all these problems disappear :-)

 

Keyboard method

1 Open the Metro app you want to capture.

2 Press F10, twice if needed, this is the tricky part!

3 Select the area to capture and an output, just like normal.

 

CaptureWiz must be running on the Desktop for this to work.

 

If there's an error, you'll need to go to the Desktop to see the error message.

 

After starting Windows, wait a minute before capturing to give Windows time to start CaptureWiz on the Desktop.

 

If you need many captures, create a hot key macro with Input = Last Program and Output = Temp Folder.

 

Touch method

1 Swipe in from the right edge.

2 Tap the Start charm.

3 Tap the Desktop tile.

4 Tap the Capture bar.

5 Tap the Metro button.

6 Wait a second for CaptureWiz to capture the app.

7 Return to the desktop to retrieve your screenshot.

 

CaptureWiz must be running on the Desktop for this to work.

 

To capture the Start screen, a keyboard is required.

 

Video recording

1 Open the Metro app you want to record.

2 Press F10, twice if needed.

3 Select the area you want to record.

4 On the output toolbar, click Video.

5 Return to Metro, if not done automatically.

6 Recoding starts immediately, but there will be no indication.

7 When done, press F10.

 

It may take a few tries to get the procedure down because, in Metro, there's no way to provide feedback.

 

Alternatively, start the recorder the normal way, from the desktop, do whatever with Metro, then return to the desktop to stop recording. Everything, including Metro, will be recorded.

 

Scroll capture

1 Open the Metro app you want to scroll capture.

2 Press F10, twice if needed.

3 Select the area you want to capture.

4 On the output toolbar, click Scroll.

5 Return to Metro, if not done automatically.

6 The red outline disappears, because Metro doesn't allow one app over another.

7 Scroll the Metro app up, down, left or right, in any order.

8 When done, press F10. This is the tricky part!

 

Pasting screenshots into Windows 8 Metro Mail

Configure the paste function to deliver bitmaps only.

1 On the capture bar, click Settings / Options.

2 On the options window, click the Output tab.

3 In the Copy to clipboard section, checkmark Bitmap.

4 Also in the Copy to clipboard section, Uncheck Linked file.

 

Alternatively, save the screen capture to the Libraries / Documents folder, then attach the file to the email.

 

Sorry, the CaptureWiz Email function can not send screenshots to Metro mail because it is not MAPI compatible.

 

Why do we still call it Metro?

Because Windows Store App is too long and confusing. The store carries both desktop and Metro apps!