Taking a screen shot in Windows has always been a pain. The only option for copying your screen was to use the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard and paste that image into paint. Editing after that was extremely painful.
However, Windows Vista and Windows 7 come with a little known tool called the “Snipping Tool”. Here’s how it works:
- Click the Windows icon on the bottom left of your screen and search “Snipping Tool”.
- Once you find the program click to open it up.
- Click “New” in the small dialog box and you’ll see your screen lighten a little bit and your cursor will turn into a crosshairs symbol.
- Click where you want to start your capture and drag to make the capture box however large you want. If you don’t want to be constrained to capturing a rectangle, click the triangle next to “New” and you’ll see options that allow you to capture any shape, a window, or the entire screen.
- Let go of your mouse and the finished screen capture will show up in a small pop up box.
- Click the purple save icon at the top and save the file wherever you’d like.
That’s it. You can now add the image to a document or email it to a friend.
Have you ever used the Snipping Tool? Are there any other free programs you’d recommend to do a screen capture? Let us know in the comments.