Want to learn how to use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots quick and easy? Then you are in the right place. This simple tool will change the way you share contents right from your screen. Easy to work, simple to use, and exactly what you were looking for. Read this article below to learn how to get this tool, how to use it, and what you can do with it!
What is the Snipping Tool
The snipping tool, as its name suggests, is a convenient tool that allows you to take screen captures with a twist: It allows you to select the exact part of your screen you wish to capture, and in fun shapes too!
This tool can be used with Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Click the Start button and search for the Snipping Tool in your operating system. If you haven’t the tool installed, you can get it by doing a simple Internet search for it.
How to use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots
Once installed or located, open the Snipping Tool in your device. Again: click on the Start button, search for the tool in the search bar, and click over it to open it.
To capture a snip (a screen part you want to save or share), open the Mode Menu and choose the shape of snip you want to take from your screen.
- You can capture your whole screen (Full-screen Snip option)
- You can capture a specific Window (Window snip option), selecting the active window, a menu, or others.
- You can capture a specific part of your screen (Rectangular Snip option) by dragging your cursor ‘around’ the screen part you want to capture.
- You can capture a part of your screen with an exact shape (Free-Form Snip option).
Once captured, the image will be automatically copied to the Snipping Window. You can then edit it, crop it, save it in your preferred location and share it.
One fun option of this tool is you can take little notes over it. After getting your image, select the Pen tool or the Highlighter Tool in your Snipping Tool window. Write or draw over the image, and save it. You have an Eraser tool too, to make sure your edit is just right.
Hiding important data
When capturing web pages or bowser images and save them as HTML files, most people need to hide the URL from the image, displayed below. To do so, go to Options and make sure the ‘Include URL below snips (HTML only)’ is not activated. Then select OK.
How to copy a menu or dialog box
Capture a specific window or box without dragging your cursor. To do so, you need to open the window or menu, and then the keys CTRL (Control) and PRTSCN (Print Screen) simultaneously. Then choose the shape you want for the capture to crop the image of your full screen.
What to do with your snips
You can save them in your preferred location to send them via email, print the, or work with them. You can also share your snips using the Send Snip option from the Snipping Tool window, selecting the different options available. Learn the different keyboard shortcuts and more useful data clicking here.