Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window. Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.
The snipping tool is an essential tool designed to help you capture a copy of the content o
f your screen, there are some websites that prevent copy and save as the screen capture will help you keep a record or copy of the content.
Finding the Snipping Tool on your computer.
- The snipping tool can be found easily be doing a search on your system, for windows vista and windows 7.
- Click on start, type in the search box the term “snipping tool”, then press enter.
- On windows 8 and above, swipe to the right edge of your screen and search for snipping tool press enter to view.
To add snipping tool to your task bar
If you right click the icon it will open a menu on the bottom portion of the screen.
- To pin the application to your tile menu click “Pin to Start.”
- To pin the application to your task bar on your desktop click “Pin to Taskbar.”
To open Snipping Tool
Open Snipping Tool by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer up, and then clicking Search), entering Snipping Tool in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Snipping Tool.
Snipping tool Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
The snipping tool in windows 8 and windows 8.1 is quite similar to that of the windows 7, however locating it might require you doing a simple search on your windows device.
Snipping tool shortcut Windows 8.1
Previously known shortcut for snipping tool on windows 8 does not work on windows 8.1.
For windows 8 the short cut is ctr+alt+s
For windows 8.1 its is shift+win key +s
First time users should wait a bit and launch the app. Use the alt+tab key to check for open tabs.
You can capture the following types of snips:
Free-form Snip. Draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.
Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
Window Snip. Choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.
Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen.
Capture a snip
In Snipping Tool, tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window.
Capture a snip of a menu
After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
Tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.
Save a snip
After you capture a snip, tap or click the Save Snip button.
In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then tap or click Save.
Within any program or window you can use the following keyboard shortcut to save a screen capture of your entire screen
- Click and hold the following combinations of keys (Win +PrntScrn) until you see your screen flash, like taking a picture.
- Note: the “Fn” key may be needed to invoke the “Prnt Scrn” key on some keyboards.
- Note: the Windows key might not say “Win” but rather may be the logo of the Microsoft flag
Remove the URL
When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:
Tap or click Tools, and then tap or click Options.
In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, and then tap or click OK.
Share a snip
After you capture a snip, tap or click the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then choose whether you’d like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.
Download snipping tool
The snipping comes to most versions of windows vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 by default. Follow the instruction on how to find the snipping tool above.