Don’t get snippy with me!

There are times when you need to capture the information on your screen.  The print screen function is nice, but sometimes you only want to capture a portion of the screen or you want to point out a specific part of the screen once you capture it.

Andrew Clarke

These functions can be performed with print screen … and one or more other products.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a single program to help you get the job done at an economical price (free)?

Well, you’re in luck!  That program exists, and it’s built into your windows operating system (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1).  It’s called the snipping tool.

To find it in Windows 8, you will need to use the search feature.  If you move your mouse to the lower-right corner of the screen some icons will appear.  You can then move your mouse up to Search and click.  Type Snipping Tool in the search box then click Snipping Tool.  Once you do, the following program will appear on your screen:


 The snipping tool allows you to capture:

  • Free-form Snip – Draw any shape around an object using your finger, mouse or tablet pen.
  • Rectangular Snip – Drag the cursor around a rectangular portion of the screen.
  • Window Snip – Choose a window and click.  By default, the screen about to be captured will stand out.
  • Full-screen Snip – Capture the entire screen.

Once you complete a capture, the snipping tool will show what you captured on the screen.  You can then add notes or mark areas that need to be emphasized, highlight portions of your capture, save or email the results, and more.  Additional instructions on using the snipping tool can be obtained from Microsoft at:

Make sure you use the dropdown arrow on the right to select your Windows version to ensure you get the proper instructions.  Have fun, and feel free to share the results of your captures.

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