Snipping Tool: Perfect Way to Capture a Screenshot on your Desktop
Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop. You can then annotate, save or share the snips! This is the easiest way to save a copy of something by just taking a snapshot of the screen.
Tired of pressing PrintScreen on your keyboard, then copy and edit it again to Paint so you can save the image as JPEG? Tired of using your camera to capture a full image on your screen?
You have nothing to worry about it now because here comes our new best friend, the SNIPPING TOOL!
You can find this on the Accessories Folder: Start Menu -- All Programs -- Accessories.
Note: Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.
What is a Snipping Tool?
This is one of the Windows' accessory tools that capture a portion or whole screen on your desktop so you can save, annotate or share the image.
It does not only save the image as JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) but also in other file extension formats such as
- PNG (Portable Network Graphic)
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), and
- Single File HTML (MHT)
You can also send the captured file as email attachment. Even moving videos stopped so you can capture one magic moment right in just one click! It has also a COPY action on the menu bar that lets you copy the whole image and transfer it to Word, Paint, Powerpoint, Excel and even E-mails.
Not just that, you can also choose what snip type you would want to do on the screen:
- Free-form snip – this is the type of snip wherein you can freely draw an irregular line or shape such as wavy circle around an object.
- Rectangular snip – the captured image is in perfect rectangular shape. Drag the cursor around the area you want to capture.
- Window snip – you can use this to select the window you want to capture on screen.
- Full screen snip – it captures the entire screen when you select this type of snip.
I know many of us here know how to capture images using the Snipping Tool but for all those who just stumbled upon this one, I'll walk you through on how to capture and save an image using the different type of snips.
Different SnipsClick thumbnail to view full-size
FREE-HAND DRAWING USING SNIP PENS:
Yes, you can add text with your own free-style font! Just like paint, Snipping Tool has a variety of pen colors to choose from. The default colors are Red, Blue and Black. You can also customized your pen, having a wide range of colors to choose, round or chisel tip and fine to dark point pen.
And look, we also have HIGHLIGHTER! If you made a mistake don't worry, we still have the Eraser.
HOW TO SAVE YOUR SNIP / IMAGE:
Once you have already chosen your image, go to Menu Bar, located on the lower portion of the name "Snipping Tool" icon. Click FILE, and then SAVE AS. Another window will appear. You can then write your own filename.
JPEG is the default file format extension but if you want to choose other file formats, you can click the drop-down arrow on the"Save as Type"located under the "Filename".
This tool is the most convenient and the easiest way to capture what's in your screen and converts it automatically to the image format we always love, the JPEG. You have the option to capture an image of your entire desktop or just a portion of it. Like Paint, you can write and choose color options before saving the image.
It can really save time and editing hassles!
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