Sometimes the easiest way to make a copy of something is to take a snapshot of your screen— this is what Snipping Tool does. Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of a webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window.
To Open Snipping Tool:
Click in the Start Menu, type Snipping Tool in the search box, then select Snipping Tool.
You can pin the tool to your Taskbar to make accessing it quicker by right clicking on Snipping Tool in the Start menu and select “Pin to Taskbar.”
How to capture a snip:
After opening the Snipping Tool, click the arrow next to the “New” button to choose the kind of snip you want:
- Free-form snip: draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.
- Rectangular snip: drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
- Window snip: choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.
- Full-screen snip: capture the entire screen.
Then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window. You can add notes to a snip by writing or drawing on or around the snip.
Capture a snip of a menu:
- After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
- Press Ctrl+PrtScn.
- Click the arrow next to the “New” button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.
Save a snip:
- After you capture a snip, click the “Save Snip” button.
- In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then click Save.
Remove the URL:
- When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:
- Click Tools and then click Options.
- In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the “Include URL below snips” (HTML only) check box, and then click OK.
Share a snip:
After you capture a snip, click the arrow next to the “Send Snip” button, and then choose whether you would like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.
To insert directly from Office products:
In all Microsoft Office 2013 products (Word, Outlook, etc.) you can insert directly from the Snipping Tool.
- Open whatever you want a screenshot of.
- In the Office product, go to the “Insert” tab and select “Screenshot.”
- You can select your screenshot from a drop down box.