How To Use Microsoft Windows Snipping Tool - with Tutorial Video

One of the most useful and easiest to use tools of Microsoft Windows is the snipping tool. However, most people are not aware of this very valuable Microsoft Windows tool.

Windows Snipping Tool is a free application that comes with Windows Vista and Windows 7. For Windows XP, you have to download the snipping tool on a separate package.

The snipping tool is used to capture a screen shot, or snip (hence the name "snipping tool"), of the object on your screen. After you capture a snip, it is copied to a window, where you can add annotations to it, save it, copy it, or share it.

There are four types of snips:

  1. Free-form Snip - Captures a snip by drawing an irregular line around the object you want to capture.
  2. Rectangular Snip - Captures a snip with a straight line by dragging the cursor around the object you want to capture to form a rectangle or a square.
  3. Window Snip - Captures a snip of a window.
  4. Full-screen Snip - Captures a snip of the entire screen.


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In this tutorial, you will learn the following:

  1. Where to find the Snipping Tool
  2. How to find the Snipping Tool
  3. How to capture a Snip
  4. How to do a Free-form Snip
  5. How to do a Rectangular Snip
  6. How to do a Window Snip
  7. How to do a Full-screen Snip
  8. How to save a Snip
  9. How to copy a Snip
  10. How to share a Snip
  11. How to add Annotations on a Snip
  12. How to use Pen
  13. How to use Highlighter
  14. How to use Eraser

At this point, you can either continue reading or start watching the tutorial video I had created below.


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1. Where to Find the Snipping Tool

  • You can find the Microsoft Windows Snipping Tool in the Accessories.


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2. How to Find the Snipping Tool

  • Click Start button
  • Click All Programs
  • Select Accessories

or,

  • Click Start button
  • Type in the search programs and files window "snipping tool"



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3. How to capture a snip

  • Click Start button
  • Click All Programs
  • Click Accessories
  • Click Snipping Tool
  • On the Snipping Tool window, click on the arrow next to "New" to select the type of snip you want to use
  • Click selected type of snip


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4. How to do a Free-form Snip

  • Click Free-form Snip on the Snipping Tool window
  • Move the cursor to where you want to start your snip
  • Click at the point you want to start your snip
  • Hold down the mouse while drawing around the area of the screen you want to capture
  • As soon as you release the mouse, a free-form snip is created on Snipping Tool window.

Please watch the video tutorial below.


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5. How to do a Rectangular Snip

  • Click Rectangular Snip on the Snipping Tool window
  • Move the cursor to where you want to start your snip
  • Click at the starting point and drag the cursor downwards or sideways until it covers the area you want to capture
  • As soon as you release the mouse, a free-form snip is created on Snipping Tool window.

Please watch the video tutorial below.


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6. How to do a Window Snip

  • Click Window Snip on the Snipping Tool window
  • Click on the window you want to capture and an automatic copy of the window you want to capture is created on the Snipping Tool Window.

Please watch the video tutorial below.


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7. How to do a Full-screen Snip

  • Click Full-screen Snip on the Snipping Tool window
  • As soon as you Click Full-screen Snip, an automatic copy of the entire screen is created on the Snipping Tool Window.

Please watch the video tutorial below.


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8. How to Save a Snip

  • Click the Save Snip button on the Snipping Tool window. A Save As window will appear.
  • In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location where you want to save the snip in.
  • Click Save.

Click Save
Click Save


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9. How to Copy a Snip

  • Click the Copy button on the Snipping Tool window.
  • Select the place where you want to paste your snip.
  • Right click and click Paste.


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10. How to Share a Snip

  • Click the arrow on the Send Snip button on the Snipping Tool window.
  • Select either "Email Recipient" or "Email Recipient (as attachment)"

Click arrow on Sent Snip button
Click arrow on Sent Snip button


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11. How to Add Annotations on a Snip

  • Click Pen to write and draw on or around the snip in the mark-up window.

and/or,

  • Click Highlighter to highlight a word, a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or an area on the snip.


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12. How to use Pen

  • Click arrow on the Pen button on the Snipping Tool window.
  • Select color, thickness of line and tip you want to use, then click OK.
  • Start writing or drawing on your snip.



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13. How to use Highlighter

  • Click arrow on the Highlighter button on the Snipping Tool window.
  • Select area you want to highlight.
  • Start highlighting.


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14. How to use Eraser

If you want to delete any annotations you had made on a snip, simply use Eraser.

  • Click Eraser button on the Snipping Tool window.
  • Click beside the annotations you want to delete.
  • Swipe Eraser sideways or downwards over the annotations you want to erase.

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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I love this new Snipping tool from MS. It's so lightweight and simple to use. I'm a Linux PC person so I won't have it for long. Just came with the new computer I bought. It's the only thing I'd consider keeping of all the MS Windows tools and gadgets. The Snipping too works for anything and everything whether I snip from a Notepad file or a webpage. It really is perfect!


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Rosie2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks, Mary. I'm glad you found my snipping tool hub informative. Yes, a lot of people don't realize they have this very useful tool. Thanks for watching my video. It was my first vid and it was too long.

When HP announced the new layout in Technology, I didn't care because I thought I didn't write on technology. Thanks to you, I found out I did... this snipping tool thingy. lol

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Wow, Rosie! I am so impressed by your video and this Hub. I'm so sorry we longer have bookmarks for Hubs like this one. I have Windows 7 and did NOT know I had a snipping tool. Thanks for the great info. Now if I can find the "vote" on this new format, I will vote it UP.


Kevin Vanderkley 4 years ago

I am wanting to do a point to point snip, do you know of any other snippet tools that can do it? For instance i want to cut out a triangle shape. so i would left click at every angle and it would stop when i return to the first point.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Sidds, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my snipping tool tutorial. How's YouTube going for you? I've not done any new video for a while.. so time consuming. lol Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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sidds123450 5 years ago

It's a great tutorial, thanks Rosie..!!!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Susan, thanks for dropping by. I've not been receiving daily updates as well.. what's up with that? lol I'm glad you found my snipping tool helpful. I use it all the time... the snipping tool is really very easy to use and quite convenient... and it's free with your Windows 7. I'm glad my hub could help. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hi Rosie, Don't know why but I am not getting your new hubs in my daily newsletter. This is a fantastic hub. I just got Windows 7 and have not had the chance to figure out how to use the snipping tool and thanks to your hub I now know to. Thanks!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Jen, thanks for dropping by. I glad you found my snipping tool tutorial helpful. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

This was so helpful...I never knew the snipping tool even existed. This was so easy to use. Thanks!!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

@WillStarr - hahahaha.. thanks for making me laugh today. I'm glad you finally snipped! Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

@Angelique Newman - Hiya Angelique, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad I could be of some help with the snipping tool. Thanks for watching my video.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

@michael ely - Hiya Michael, long time no see. Thanks for dropping by and I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub on snipping tool.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I just used this to snip and retain an admission of a criminal act!

Thank you Rosie!


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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

I found this very interesting; I never knew my computer had a snipping tool! Great job on the tutorial. Thanks for sharing :)


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Good hub Rosie.

Thanks. Michael.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Vox, thanks for dropping by. I'm so glad you found my snipping tool tutorial useful and interesting. I had also searched on how to use the snipping tool and didn't find one that teaches from scratch, so I decided to do a tutorial myself. Thanks so much for the vote up, useful and awesome, as well as for bookmarking and sharing it. So cool!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Danette, thanks for dropping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed my snipping tool tutorial. Mac's screen shot sounds much better. I'd just discovered the snipping tool a couple of months ago and I found it very useful, so I decided to do my first video tutorial. Thank you so much for the vote up, useful and awesome... that's very sweet of you.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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vox vocis 5 years ago

This is a great tutorial and from now on, one of my favorite bookmarks. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. Shared as well :) I tried to use the snipping tool once, but the tutorials I had found on the net weren't clear enough and I gave up after some time. I'll definitely help myself with this one!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Rosie, I'm impressed! I liked the useful info here, very nicely laid out hub. I have a mac, so I wouldn't be able to use this, but with a mac, you can take a screen shot and then manipulate it.

Great video tutorial too, by the way. If it were up to me, this would be a 'hub of the day'. Voted up, useful and awesome.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Writer, thanks for dropping by. The snipping tool is great for doing research, specially if we don't have lots of time researching. I just use snip screen and copy them to Wordpad to be read when I have more time. One click captures the screen... it is so fast and easy to use. It is a free Windows application, try it.. you might like it.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hiya Will, thanks for dropping by and bookmarking my snipping tool tutorial. BTW, congratulations for being voted 2011 Hubpages' BEST FICTION WRITER!!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Question, Why would I want this snip tool?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks Rosie! I'm bookmarking this one!

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