How to Use a Snipping Tool

By Juderson Jean-Baptiste

A screen-capture application is a program that allows you to take pictures of your computer. Windows comes with its own screen-capture program known as the snipping tool. This program allows you take various types of screen shots of your computer. The tool allows you to take free-form, rectangular and full-screen screen shots. By using the snipping tool, you will be able to take screen shots of the important tasks you are performing on your computer.

Step 1

Click the “Start” button and click “All Programs.”

Step 2

Click the “Accessories” folder and select the “Snipping Tool.” This will open Windows’ snipping tool.

Step 3

Perform a free-form snip. A free-form snip lets you take screen shots in any shape you want. To take a free-form snip, click “New Snip” and select “Free-form Snip.”

Step 4

Take a rectangular snip. When you perform a rectangular a snip, you can take only rectangular screen shots. This is useful if you want to take precise screen shots. To take a rectangular snip, click “New Snip” and select “Rectangular Snip.”

Step 5

Perform a window snip. A window snip allows you to take screen shots of specific programs or windows that you have opened. To take a window snip, click “New Snip” and select “Window Snip.”

Step 6

Take a full-screen snip. A full-screen snip allows you to take screen shots of your entire screen. To take a full-screen snip, click “New Snip” and select “Full-screen Snip.”

Step 7

Edit the screen shots you have taken with the snipping tool. The tool provides three main editing tools: “Pen,” “Highlighter” and the “Eraser.” Click the “Pen” icon if you want do draw on the picture. Click the “Down” arrow to select a color for the “Pen.” Click the “Highlighter” icon to highlight or point out certain parts of the picture. Click the “Eraser” icon to erase certain parts of the picture.

Step 8

Save the screen shot to your computer. After you have taken a screen shot, click the “Save Snip” icon. Select a location you would like to save the picture and click “Save.”

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