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How to take screenshots with the Snipping Tool in Windows 7

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM by Jenny Kosek


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All of us have done our fair share of working with images. Windows 7 offers an easy to use tool for taking more complex screenshots, called the Snipping Tool. Let’s get started with it:

What is the Snipping Tool?

The Snipping Tool is a Windows app that lets you create and edit screenshots. It’s developed by Microsoft and it’s available in all modern Windows operating systems, including Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 7

Windows 7 offers numerous ways to get to the Snipping Tool. One of them is to type the word “snip” in the Start Menu search box and then click on the Snipping Tool shortcut. While it’s on the Start menu, you might also consider right-clicking it and choose “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to Start menu” for easier access in the future.
A second way is to go to the Start Menu, choose Accessories and then click on Snipping Tool.
You can also launch Snipping Tool by using the Run window. Open Run (simultaneously press the Windows R keys), type snippingtool in the Open field and then click on OK.
Alternatively, you can run the executable called SnippingTool.exe found in the “C:\Windows\System32” folder.
This is what the Snipping Tool looks like in Windows 7:

How to Use the Snipping Tool

Open the image, document, or webpage you want to take a Snip of. Next, open the Snipping Tool.

Once the program is opened we want to select the Rectangular Snip type by clicking on the down arrow next to the New button and selecting Rectangular Snip. This is shown in the image below.

Once the Rectangular Snip option is selected, we click on the picture and drag a rectangular selection around the boys' faces by clicking somewhere on the picture, and while holding the left mouse button, dragging a rectangular box around the area we want to create. This selection is shown below.
Once the selection is made, we release the left mouse button and the rectangular region will now be sent to the snipping tool. When a snip is created, the Snipping Tool will show the snip in a small window where you can save it as an image, write some text on it using your mouse or stylus, highlight areas of the snip. The snip we just took is shown in the Snipping Tool below.

Now that the snip is created, if you want to draw on the picture with your mouse or stylus you can click on the Tools menu and then select the Pen you would like to draw with. If you want to highlight certain parts of the picture you can click on the Tools menu and select Highlighter. Last, but not least, if you want to remove anything that you drew with the pen or highlighted, you can click on the Tools menu and select the Eraser to do so.

Finally, when you are happy with how the snip will appear you can:

Send it in an email as an embedded image or an attachment by clicking on the mail icon () or by clicking on the File menu and then selecting Send To.

Save the snip as a file on your computer by clicking on the File menu and then selecting Save As. The options you have when saving the snip are as a JPG, GIF, PNG, or Single File HTML (MHT). For pictures I suggest you always use save your snip as a JPG.

You have now finished making your first snip!


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