How To Use Snipping Tool in Microsoft Windows Tutorial


Do you often find yourself in need of capturing what’s on your computer screen? Whether it’s a specific window, a portion of the screen, or the entire desktop, Microsoft Windows provides a handy tool called the Snipping Tool to make this task effortless. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through using the Snipping Tool step by step.

Section 1: Capturing Your Screen with the Print Screen Button

The Print Screen button, often abbreviated as “PrtScn,” on your keyboard is a quick way to capture your screen. You can use it to take a snapshot of either the entire screen or just the active window. Let’s explore how to do this:

  1. Capturing the Entire Screen
  • Press the “PrtScn” key once. This action captures your entire screen and stores the image in your clipboard. ![Screenshot Placeholder 1]
  • Open a word processing application (e.g., Microsoft Word, WordPad).
  • Paste the captured image using the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut or right-clicking and selecting “Paste.” ![Screenshot Placeholder 2]
  • You can now edit or format the screenshot within your document.
  1. Capturing a Specific Window
  • To capture only the active window, press “Alt + PrtScn.”
  • Open a word processing application.
  • Paste the screenshot as explained earlier. ![Screenshot Placeholder 3]
  • You have successfully captured the active window.

Section 2: Introducing the Snipping Tool

While the Print Screen button is handy, it has limitations when you need more precise control over what you capture. This is where the Snipping Tool comes in. It allows you to capture various screen regions and offers editing options. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Opening the Snipping Tool
  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.
  • You can also pin it to the taskbar or Start menu for quick access. ![Screenshot Placeholder 4]
  1. Snipping Basics
  • When you open the Snipping Tool, your screen will dim, indicating it’s ready to capture. ![Screenshot Placeholder 5]
  • Select your preferred snipping mode (e.g., rectangular, freeform, window, full-screen) from the dropdown menu or click the “New” button. ![Screenshot Placeholder 6]
  1. Rectangular Snip
  • Choose “Rectangular Snip” from the dropdown menu or by clicking “New.”
  • Click and drag your mouse to create a rectangular selection around the area you want to capture.
  • Release the mouse button to capture the selected region. ![Screenshot Placeholder 7]
  1. Saving Your Snip
  • After capturing, the Snipping Tool will open a window where you can annotate or edit your snip.
  • Click the “File” menu and choose “Save As” to save your snip as an image file (e.g., JPG). ![Screenshot Placeholder 8]
  • Select the desired file format and save location. ![Screenshot Placeholder 9]
  1. Copying and Pasting
  • You can also copy your snip to the clipboard using the “Edit” menu or the “Ctrl + C” keyboard shortcut.
  • Paste it into documents or applications. ![Screenshot Placeholder 10]

Section 3: Advanced Snipping Techniques

The Snipping Tool offers more than just basic screen capture. Here are some advanced techniques:

  1. Freeform Snip
  • Use the “Freeform Snip” option to draw a freehand outline around the area you want to capture. ![Screenshot Placeholder 11]
  1. Window Snip
  • Choose “Window Snip” to capture a specific window, similar to “Alt + PrtScn.” ![Screenshot Placeholder 12]
  1. Full-Screen Snip
  • “Full-Screen Snip” captures your entire screen. ![Screenshot Placeholder 13]
  1. Capturing Menus
  • To capture menus, open the Snipping Tool, press “Esc” to cancel, then press “Ctrl + PrtScn.” ![Screenshot Placeholder 14]

Section 4: Annotating Snips

The Snipping Tool provides basic annotation tools like pens, highlighters, and erasers for enhancing your captured snips. Use these tools to add notes or emphasize specific areas.

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Mastering the Snipping Tool in Microsoft Windows opens up a world of possibilities for capturing and sharing screen content. Whether it’s for documentation, tutorials, or creative projects, you now have the tools to do it effortlessly.

In our next tutorials, we’ll explore more exciting features of Windows 10. Until then, keep practicing, and don’t forget to subscribe for more helpful tutorials!

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