One complaint I have is the lack of a Print Screen key function. As an ingrained user of SnagIt (I know you can’t install programs on the Surface) I find the lack of a decent screen capturing a body blow.

I know you can use Snipping Tool but this is a poor substitute for SnagIt. On a regular PC running Windows 8 you can use Win + PrtScn to capture a screen. This is then saved in the Pictures Folder as a numbered screenshot.

There is a way around this! It involves using OneNote.

1. Create a new workbook.

2. Open OneNote.

3. Name it.

4. Minimize OneNote.

5. Use this shortcut combination, Win Key + S, drag over the picture or text to be copied.

6. Maximixe OneNote.

7. Select Copy to Clipboard.

8. Paste the copy into your document.

Note: One problem with this method is you have only one copied image at a time whereas in the regular Windows 8 each time you use Win + PrtScn a copy is stored in the a sub-folder called Screenshots in My Pictures folder.

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  • Ahmad Wahid

    You can take screenshots on Surface with the ‘Windows button + Volume down’ button combination. No need to use third party apps to take screenshots.

  • Luke

    Just hold volume down and hit start button to capture screen. That is easier.

  • NazmusLabs

    You can’t take screenshots of Metro-Style apps using this method. But as others mentioned, press the Windows Key plus Volume down to take a screenshot and save it to the “screenshot” folder.

  • John Campbell

    Thanks folks for the tip! Seems I’ve got a way to go to get the full hang of Surface!

  • John Campbell

    I was a bit premature in thanking the good folks for the tip. I’ve tired it as per the three replies and the damned keystrokes suggested don’t work. What a pain!!!!!

  • Kyle Geib

    It’s quite ridiculous to explain this by using a large piece of software that could cost a lot of money (I love OneNote all the same). Windows has had a very simple tool called “Snipping Tool” since at least Windows 7, perhaps even earlier. It’s installed by default, just search for it. Using a Surface Pro you can even draw onto the image with a colored pen.
    Thanks to the others for the volume button trick. Be careful, though. I believe that start+up vol turns on voice navigation/narration for the vision impaired. It can be turned off with some searching through the control panel.