Our today’s Tip is about, taking a screenshot with “Snipping Tool” in Windows 7. Generally, you can take a screenshot of entire screen with “Print Screen” button Available on your keyboard. But it’s been difficult like having a screenshot of a particular area of your screen with the print screen, If you want to freely select the screen area that you want to capture, then you can use Snipping Tool.
Snipping Tool was first introduced in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional & Ultimate editions, and continues to support in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
How to Access snipping tool :
To access Snipping Tool, click on Start button, and type Snipping Tool in the search box, and then click on Snipping Tool.
If you click the drop-down arrow alongside the “New” button, you can choose the area selection method. The default method is “Rectangular Snip”. Click the “New” button, when you are ready to take a new snapshot.
Features of Snipping tool :
As our selection type is “Rectangular”, we will select the area by drawing a rectangle around it. As soon as you will release the mouse button, Windows will take a snapshot, and will open a new window from where you can save or edit your snapshot. Click the “Save” button to save your snapshot as a picture. You can also save the snapshot using the Control+S keyboard shortcut, or through file menu, Save As command. While saving the snip, you can see the same file types, which were also available in Paint Brush. I will recommend you to use JPEG format, to save the file.
Now, you have saved your snip as a picture file, you can then insert it into any application you like. It is not necessary to save all the snapshots as a picture, and later insert them into applications. You can also copy the snapshot by clicking on “Copy” command from Edit menu, and then click the Paste button inside your documents. After pasting the contents, if you close the Snipping Tools, then it will ask you to save the changes. So, the choice is yours either you also want to save the snip in a separate file or not. If you want to take another snapshot, then you can click on “New” button. The background will then again get fade out, and you can select the desired area.
Create KeyBoard ShortCut for Snipping tool :
If you frequently take Snapshots of the screen, then you can Pin Snipping Tool to Taskbar, or Start Menu, or you can define a keyboard shortcut key in the shortcut Properties window, so you may easily access Snipping Tool while working in other applications.
Snipping tool Video Demostration :
Additional Features :
You can also use “Free-form Snip” to draw a freehand outline with your mouse, or tablet pen, or if you have a PC with a touchscreen. To capture a particular window, you can use Window Snip” option from the drop-down menu. This feature works like ALT+Print Screen option.
So, this was all about using “Snipping Tool”, which makes it easy for you to capture your favorite screenshots