Use the Snipping Tool to Capture Images

by | Sep 18, 2015

Snipping Tool is part of your Windows Operating System

The Snipping Tool first appeared with Windows 7. This capturing tool is so much easier and more convenient than using Paint and the print screen option.  Say you want to grab something off your screen or the whole screen for that matter. An error message box is a good example. Say you need to make copy of an error message or popup to send to a technician.

5 Tiny Steps

  1.  Using Windows 8.1; start takes you to app screen, just start typing snipping tool. The search box will appear as below.
  2.  Select the Snipping
  3.  Click on New. The screen turns whitish.
  4.  Now with your mouse draw a rectangle by clicking and dragging the mouse. Your image will appear in real time color.  Once you have your snip, it automatically copied to your clipboard so it’s ready to paste into a document or e-mail.
  5.  To save, click on the save icon or to e-mail click the envelope. You can also save a snip as an HTML, PNG, GIF, or JPEG file.You can also save a snip as an HTML, PNG, GIF, or JPEG file.  You can also save a snip as an HTML, PNG, GIF, or JPEG file.

The drop down box under “New” gives you other drawing options such as free form. Play around with these to find what best meets your need. Personally the rectangle (default) meets most of my needs.

This tool is so quick and simple to use. Try it! Let me know if you have a question.

Sherri McBride Certified Network Technician

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