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How to Print From Metro Apps in Windows 8


Printing has become an application aware feature in Metro applications. This makes the outcome of a print job different from application to application, but the question remains, how do you print?

Using the Keyboard

Not all apps support printing in Windows 8, a good example of one that does is Mail. So fire up the default Mail app select an email you want to print.


When you are ready, go ahead and press the ctrl + P keyboard combination. This will bring up a list of available print devices on the right-hand side, you can use the up and down arrows to select a printer.


You will get most of the options you are use to when printing, so once you have set up your preferences go ahead and hit the print button.


Using the Mouse

If you would rather use your mouse, move it to the bottom right hand corner of your screen, which will bring up the Charms bar, from here you will need to click on the devices charm.


Using this will list your printers as well as other devices, so make sure you select a printer.


That’s all there is to it.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 08/28/12

Comments (7)

  1. John

    It’s not ‘Metro’ anymore.

  2. Bru

    Oh right…it’s now “Modern UI”….”Metro” was too simple and easy to say…

  3. Taylor Gibb

    @John we are aware of that, but most people know them as “Metro” so thats what we have decided to call them for now.

  4. r

    It’s not ‘Metro’ anymore? …they changed the name to ‘Modern UI’?
    no way?…that sucks even more.

  5. Fantasm

    The way Windows 8 seems to be going, this will all be useless information in 6 months….
    Same as knowing how to program “Gadgets” has become…

  6. dima

    Microsoft changed it because they were getting sued by some German appliances company named “Metro”

  7. r

    He-he..getting sued by a German appliances co., eh ! I can see where people may get confused.
    ‘Modern UI’ still sucks though,…and they continue to pay people to come up with these bad ideas.

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