If you have Windows 7, you can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.

What makes the Snipping Tool so attractive is that:

  1. It is free. There is no need to purchase a screen capture tool such as Snag It if you only need to capture screenshots.
  2. It is powerful.
  3. It allows you to take screen shots of only specific sections of your screen rather than the entire window or screen.


Starting the Snipping Tool

To start the Snipping Tool follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button from your taskbar and select All Programs.
  2. Select the Accessories folder and click on Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool

Note: If you are not going to take a snip, press the Cancel button to exit capture mode.


Different Types of Snipping Options

There are four different selection types that you can use to take a snip using the Snipping Tool.

Free-form Snip


Free-form Snip:This method allows you to draw a shape around your selection using a mouse or a stylus. In the example, notice how it is a circular snip because a circular selection was drawn.

Rectangular Snip


Rectangular Snip: This method simply allows you to create a rectangular selection around a portion of your screen and anything in that rectangle will be used to create the snip.

Window Snip


Window Snip: When you use this method, the Snipping Tool will capture the contents of the entire window that you select

Full Screen snip


Full-screen Snip: This method will capture the entire screen on your computer

Using Various Options in the Snipping Tool


  1. From the Snipping Tool screen, click the New drop-down list and select the desired option.
  2. To use the various tools with your screenshot click on the Tools menu from the Snipping Tool and select the desired options..


Sending and Saving Your Screenshots/Snips