Snipping Tool

Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows 7 Snipping Tool imageThe Snipping Tool is a feature introduced in Windows 7 and available in Windows 8 and Windows 10 that allows you to take all or part of a screenshot and save that image. For example, if you wanted to send a recipe to a friend, but didn't want to send the whole web page to him/her, you would use this tool to crop out just the recipe and send it to them. In the picture is an example of the Windows snipping tool. To use this tool, follow the instructions below.

Using the Windows Snipping Tool

Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. Click Start
  2. Type in snipping tool and press Enter.
  3. Click the Mode option and choose whether you would like to use Free-form Snip, Rectangle Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip.
  4. Click the New option to start a new snipping action.
  5. Press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the mouse to highlight the area on the screen that you want to snip.
  6. Once you have highlighted the Snip you want to save, additional options will appear on the toolbar. You can choose from Save Snip, Copy, or Send Snip. You can also write a custom message on the snip, highlight in the snip, erase the text or highlighting you added, or edit the snip in the Paint program.

Windows 7

Note: This feature is not available on Windows 7 Starter edition.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type in snipping tool and press Enter.
  3. Click the New option and choose whether you would like to use Free-form Snip, Rectangle Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip.
  4. Press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the mouse to highlight the area on the screen that you want to snip.
  5. Once you have highlighted the Snip you want to save, additional options will appear on the toolbar. You can choose from Save Snip, Copy, or Send Snip. You can also write a custom message on the snip, highlight in the snip, erase the text or highlighting you added, or edit the snip in the Paint program.

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