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How to take a screenshot using "Snipping Tool" for PC on Windows 7 and above

This is a guide on how to capture the image on your screen or take a "Screenshot" using the Snipping Tool on your Windows PC.

This can come in handy when you need help or support with a problem you are experiencing and are having trouble explaining or think a visual aid will help, from tech issues to billing issues and beyond. Here is a simple "How to" guide to follow if you are unsure on how to do this.

How To Capture a Screen Shot with Windows Snipping Tool:

Go to the "Start Menu", type "Snipping Tool" into the Search Bar
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You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snippet, of any object on your screen, and then save, or share the image.

Once you have opened it, the snipping tool will pop up and the background will go opaque. From here select "New". (If you want to change the shape of the snip, you can select the little down arrow on the "new" button and you will be able to choose from Free-Form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip or Full Screen Snip)


The pointer icon for your mouse will change to a crosshair SNIP 4.JPGand you can then simply rightclick and drag around the area you want to snip. Eg:


After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Clipboard and from here (if you need to) you can use the snipping tools basic editing functions to write, highlight or erase any relevant information you are wanting to point out. The editing tool is pretty basic, so if you need to do precise work editing you will be better to copy to Microsoft Paint or your preferred editing program. 

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After you capture a snip and have finished editing your image, click the “Save Snip” (floppy disc icon) button in toolbar. You can also click “File > Save As”

Name you snip file accordingly, select the folder you want to save the image to then hit “Save”

From here you can then email this or DM this to your recipient as per the standard email attachment process. If you “Right click” your mouse on the image whilst still in the snipping tool, you can also “Copy” the image and then “Paste” in to an email or DM (direct message).

If you want to read up on some more features of the snipping tool, you can do so here on Microsoft’s support page:

Happy Snipping!

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Last update:
June 2017
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