Jul 4 2007

Use Vista’s Snipping Tool to Capture Screen Shots

Sorry For the huge pictures I’m trying some new blogging software called Windows Live Writer and I’m experimenting with picture sizes.

If you ever wanted to save a screen shot of something on your computer screen like a error message to send to someone for help or just a part of a window. Vista now includes a great little program called the Snipping Tool.

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You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:

Free-form Snip. Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.

Rectangular Snip. Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip


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Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Snipping Tool, or the fastest way, Click Start- type ?Snipping Tool? in the search box and it will popup as the first result. Then I drag it to my quick launch area for faster access.

When Snipping Tool is open, a white overlay appears on your screen until you capture a snip. To turn off the overlay, open Snipping Tool, and then click Options. In the Snipping Tool Options dialog box, clear the Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool is active check box, and then click OK.

To capture a snip

Click to open Snipping Tool.

Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse or tablet pen to capture a snip.

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Now you can annotate your snip.

Click the pen tool and choose a color, then you can write in your snip or ad an arrow.

Click the marker to highlight something. or click the eraser to remove an annotation.

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To save a snip

Click the Save Snip button.

If you want to capture a snip of a menu, such as the Start menu, that loose focus when you click somewhere else, follow these steps:

Click to open Snipping Tool.

After you open Snipping Tool, press ESC, and then open the menu that you want to capture.

Press CTRL+PRINT SCREEN.

Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse or tablet pen to capture the menu.

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