How to do a Screen Capture in Windows 7

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Make a screen capture in Windows 7. Use the snipping tool to capture your screen or any part of it. No need to download any special software or enter a product key code. The Snipping Tool is free to use for as many screen captures as you need.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button and select "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Snipping Tool." Or type in "snipping tool" in the Start menu's "Search programs and files" text box.


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Step 2

Click on "New. Draw a square around the part of the screen you want to capture. Once you're done, the captured image will appear in a snipping tool window. From here you can save the image.

Step 3

Access other options by clicking the arrow next to "New" and choose how you want to select what you will capture. The choices are free-form, which allows you to capture any shape; rectangular, which lets you draw a box around what you want to capture; window capture, which captures a window; and full screen, which captures your full screen.