How to Crop a Screen Shot

By Kevin Lee

When you take a screen shot by pressing your keyboard's "Print Screen" key, you capture an image that may contain more visual information than you need. Perhaps you only want to show a friend a headline from a news page or an error message from an application. If you use a commercial screen-capture program to snap a screen shot, you can use the program's crop tool to extract the section of the image that you need. There's no need for a commercial tool, though; you can use Microsoft Paint, included with all versions of Windows, to crop your screen shots.

Step 1

Press "Print Screen" to capture a screen shot.

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" menu to open it. Type "Paint."

Step 3

Locate "Paint" in the list of search results and click it to open Microsoft Paint.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl-V" to paste the captured image into the work area.

Step 5

Click the "Select" tool at the top of the toolbar to activate that tool.

Step 6

Click and hold your left mouse button while you draw a rectangle around the area of the image that you want to keep.

Step 7

Click the "Image" button at the top of the screen and select "Crop" from the drop-down menu.

Step 8

Click "File" and select "Save." The "Save As" window will open and prompt you to save the file. Type a name in the text box provided.

Step 9

Click the drop-down arrow in the "Save as type" box to view a list of file types. In the list you will see JPEG, GIF, PNG and other supported image file types.

Step 10

Select a file type and click "Save" to save the cropped screen shot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hover your mouse over the tool buttons in the toolbar to view the names of the various tools.