Snipping Tool

The snipping tool is a great feature in Windows that unfortunately few people know about. It lets you “snip” portions of your screen and save them as pictures. While you may not immediately see the usefulness of this tool, let me give you one example. Suppose you are frustrated with an error message that pops up on your screen and you would like to get your building tech to fix the problem. The next time the error occurs, you “snip” the message and paste it into an email. Now the tech can clearly “see” the problem you are having.

Once you try the snipping tool, you will find many uses for this simple and powerful tool. I love it and use it almost daily to help clarify explanations in email or to enhance my documents. The tool allows you to capture any portion of your screen and then add quick annotations to the image. So when a picture is worth a 1,000 words, use this tool and save yourself all that typing.

Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

(the instructions below are from Microsoft)

You can use the Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.

Picture of the snipping tool

You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw a free-form shape around an object.

  • Rectangular Snip.  Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

  • Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the Clipboard and the mark-up window. From the mark-up window, you can annotate, save, or share the snip. The following procedures explain how to use Snipping Tool. (NOTE: for quick “snips” you don’t need to save the file, just paste (ctrl+v) into your email or doc)

To capture a snip

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.

  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snipfrom the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

 To capture a snip of a menu

If you want to capture a snip of a menu, such as the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.

  2. After you open Snipping Tool, press Esc, and then open the menu that you want to capture.

  3. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.

  4. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snipfrom the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

 To annotate a snip

  • After you capture a snip, you can write and draw on or around the snip in the mark-up window.

 To save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, click the Save Snip button in the mark-up window.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location where to save the snip, and then click Save.

 To share a snip

  • After you capture a snip, click the arrow on the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

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