Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshots

Take Screenshots in Windows 10 & Windows 7

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What is Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a screenshot utility included in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista. It can take screenshot of an window, the entire screen, rectangular areas, or free-form areas.

Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshots

  • Free-form Snip. Draw any shape with your mouse and take a screenshot
  • Rectangular Snip. Draw a rectangle with your mouse
  • Window Snip. Open a window and click it to take a screenshot
  • Full-screen Snip. Take a screenshot of the entire screen

See more: 5 Easy Ways to Take a Screenshot in Windows

How to Open Snipping Tool

Press Windows + R, type snippingtool and Press Enter

Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshots in Windows

For Windows 10

Type snipping tool into the search box next to the Start Menu, and press Enter

Or you can find this tool in Start > All Programs > Windows Accessories > Snipping Tool.

Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshots in Windows 10 and Windows 7

For Windows 7 / Vista

Click start button and type snipping tool into the search box,  press Enter or click it.

Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshots in Windows 10 and Windows 7

For Windows 8.1

Enter snipping tool in Start Menu search box.

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How to Use Snipping Tool

Open Snipping Tool, click Mode, select the kind of snip you want, click New and select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Press Esc key if you want to cancel ,or click Cancel.

Press Ctrl+S or click save icon to save the screenshot.

Use Snipping Tool to Take Screenshotsopen snipping tool in windows 7

Delay: in Windows 10, you can take a delayed screenshot (0-5 seconds ), after you click New to take a screenshot, you have seconds to do things.

For example, take a screenshot of Start Menu.

how to use snipping tool in Windows 10

Annotate a snip: After you capture a snip, you can edit it by Pen or Highlighter. Select Eraser to remove the lines you’ve drawn.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Snipping Tool

 Alt + M  Choose a snipping mode
 Alt + N  Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one
 Shift + arrow keys  Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area
 Alt + D  Delay capture by 1-5 seconds
 Ctrl + C  Copy the snip to clipboard
 Ctrl +  Save the snip

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