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Snipping Tool

created by Scotty Tadlock

Snipping Tool


Snipping Tool is a screen shoot utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. Snips can then be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file) or an HTML file, or e-mailed.




You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip.  Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen

After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Clipboard. This allows for easy accessibility to copy-paste. 



After making your selection from one of the methods of snipping simply highlight or draw around what you want to snip. Once you do this a window will pop up with your snip in it there will be some tools above your snip this is what you can do with those tools. 

After you successfully finish your snip and have done what you want with it then you can congratulate yourself you now know how to use the "Snipping Tool" This tool is useful for a number of things so continue to find new uses for it. 




The "Snipping Tool" is not just used on PC's it can also be used on tablets and other devices. This allows for the use of stylists pen and other devices aside from a mouse to be used to make snips.