How do I use the Windows Snipping Tool to create screenshots?

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.

  1. Open the Snipping Tool. Click Start>All Programs>Accessories. The Snipping Tool window will open and a white overlay appears over the screen.
  2. Select the type of snip. Click on the arrow next to the New button and  choose from the options.
  3. Capture the snip. Use the mouse or tablet stylus to drag around or select an area or program for snipping.
  4. Save, annotate and share the image. The snip will be automatically copied to the mark-up window. The tool-bar hosts options for saving, creating, copying, e-mailing and editing the snip.

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.

To save a snip, press the Save Snip button. In the dialogue box enter a name for the file and choose a format if need be.

Annotations in the Snipping Tool include the ability to draw/write with a customizable pen, use a highlighter and clear selections with the eraser. These are simple to use tools for minor edits.

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