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Are you a windows user? Capture your screen or parts of it with the snipping tool! Are you still using the old Print Screen button from your Windows keyboard when you do your screenshots? It’s still a good thing to use especially when you’re trying to capture your screen’s entire real estate. But what if you just want to capture just a part of your screen? Aha! I have the perfect solution!
Last week, I talked about Jing and how it can help you in capturing your screen and even do up a video – if you haven’t read that yet, check out the blog I wrote about it here. But if you’re not a fan of downloading a third-party software and you’re more comfortable just using the options that are already available for you, then today is your lucky day!
I’ve been using this Windows tool for years now and it is super convenient and doesn’t require a lot of learning curve. What am I talking about? It’s the Snipping Tool! If you aren’t aware of this program yet, it comes pre-installed on your Windows computer and it’s straightforward to use.
So how do you launch it? If you’re a Windows 10 user, click on the Windows icon on your task bar and simply type in Snipping Tool. It’s the icon that has a pair of scissors – click on it and wait for it to launch. For all other Windows versions, check out the specific instructions here. There are a few options available for you, the most common one you will be using would be the New button. For you to capture a part of your screen, simply do the following:
1. Make sure the screen you desire to capture is the one showing up.
2. Open the Snipping Tool, click New and make the appropriate selection.
3. Once you’re done, the Snipping Tool will show up again on your screen and you should now see the image.
It doesn't end there just yet! You can add a highlight to a certain area on your image – you can either use a pen or a highlighter. Don’t worry about making errors with the highlight as well because you can always erase them as it also comes with an eraser tool. Once you’re happy, you have the option to save it – simply click on the purple floppy disk icon and choose its destination. Or you can simply do a Crtl + V to paste it on a new email you’re composing or an MS Office software that allows images such as Word or Paint.
Oh, and before I forget, just so you won’t have to keep searching for the tool when you need it, you can always add it to your taskbar so it’s always just a click away when you need it. Simply right click on the icon after searching for it and then click on Pin to taskbar.
If you’re interested in exploring other options available for you using this tool, check out this helpful support article from Microsoft here.