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Windows Snipping Tool

Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 come with a built in screen capture utility called the snipping tool. You can use the snipping tool to capture a screen shot of anything on your computer. Once the image has been captured (copied) you can edit the image, save it, email it, convert it to a PDF file or paste it into another program.

Open The Snipping Tool
Click the start button > all programs > accessories > snipping tool. Or click the start button, in the search programs and files search box type snip or snipping. In the results window click snipping tool. The snipping tool will open.

File Menu
New snip: Opens the new snip window.
Save as: Opens the save as dialog. In the save in drop down choose a location to save the image. In the file name field type a name to identify your file.
Send to: After capturing a snip you can send the image to an email recipient as an image in the body of the message or as a file attachment.
Exit: Closes the program.

Edit Menu
Copy: Copies the image to the Windows clipboard. Once the image has been copied to the clipboard you can paste the image into another program.

Tools Menu
Pen: Changes the cursor to a pen tool. You can choose different pen colors. Using the pen you can write or draw on the image. Click customize to change the pen options.
Highlighter: Changes the cursor to a highlighter. Drag to highlight areas of the image.
Eraser: Changes the cursor to an eraser. Use the eraser to erase pen marks or highlights on the image.

Options Menu
Click the options menu icon on the toolbar. The options menu will open. To enable an option check the box next to that option.

Application Options
Hide instructional text: Instructional text in the main window will not be displayed.
Always copy snips to clipboard: All snips will be copied to the Windows clipboard. When text or images are copied to the clipboard you can paste the contents of the clipboard into another program.
Include URL below snips (HTML only): If you save a snip as an HTML or MHT file and the snip was taken from a browser window it will show the URL of the web page that you took the snip from.
Prompt to save snips before exiting: When you close the snipping tool program you will be prompted to save any snips you have taken.
Display icon in the quick launch toolbar: An icon for the snipping tool will be added to the quick launch toolbar.
Show screen overlay when snipping tool is active: When you capture the snip the snipping tool window will disappear.
Selection options: Ink color, specifies the color of the border around a snip.
Show selection ink after snips are captured: The selection border will be shown using the color selected in the ink color menu.

Help Menu
Help: Opens the help topics window.
About: Opens the software information window.

Toolbar
The toolbar icons give you the same choices as the menu options listed above.
New: Opens the new snip window.
Save snip: Opens the save as window where you can choose a location to save the image and give the image a file name.
Copy: Copies the image to the Windows clipboard. Once the image is on the clipboard you can paste the image into another program.
Email: Allows you to email the image by placing the image in the body of the message or inserting it as an attachment.
Pen: Changes the cursor to a pen tool. You can choose from different pen colors. Using the pen you can write or draw on the image. Click customize to change the pen options.
Highlighter: Changes the cursor to a highlighter. Drag to highlight areas of the image.
Eraser: Changes the cursor to an eraser. Using the eraser you can erase pen marks or highlights on the image.

Capture An Image
1) Click the arrow next to the new button on the toolbar. You will have four options.
Free-form snip: This method allows you to draw a shape around a selection on the screen.
Rectangular snip: This method will draw an exact line around an object on the screen.
Window snip: Will capture an entire window.
Full-screen snip: Will capture everything currently displayed on the screen.
2) Choose the type of snip you want to use. Your cursor will change to capture the snip. If you choose free-form snip your cursor will change to look like a pair of scissors. Hold your left mouse button down and drag to select the area you want to capture. Rectangular snip will change your cursor to a cross. Hold your left mouse button down and drag to select the area you want to capture. If you choose window snip your cursor will change to look like a hand. Click the window you want to capture. Full-screen snip will change your cursor to a dot. The entire screen will be captured.

Delay A Capture
You may find that you need to delay a capture, for example if you would like to capture a drop down menu.
1) Open the program or screen that you would like to capture.
2) Open the snipping tool. When the snipping tool opens it will be in new capture mode.
3) Click cancel on the snipping tool toolbar but don’t close the snipping tool.
4) Click the menu you would like to capture.
5) Press the ctrl key and the print screen key on your keyboard at the same time. The snipping tool will be reactivated. Use your mouse to select the menu you want to capture. It will be saved to the snipping tool window.

Saving An Image
Once an image has been captured you can save the image.
1) Click the file menu > save as or click the save button on the toolbar. The save as window will open.
2) In the drop down choose a location on your computer to save the file.
3) In the file name field type a name for the file.
4) Click the save button.
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