Taking screen grabs on your computer is now such an important part of personal computer use. In today’s modern technology, you can do almost everything with your computer and this simple Illustrative guide will show you on how to capture a screenshot and photos on your device using the snipping tools for Windows operating system, copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen.

In most of these Windows versions, having the image snipping tool, include the built-in tool, the shots are called “snips.” With a snipping tool for Windows, you can grab the whole PC screen or a certain area of your screen using the selection tool found in most snipping tools for PC and grab a certain area.

Windows Snipping Tools Shortcut Keys

Press these keys To do this
 Alt + MIf You Want To Choose a snipping mode.
 Alt + NCreating a new snip in the same mode as the last one.
 Shift + arrow keysMoving the cursor to select from different types of snips.
 Alt + DTo Delay capture by 1-5 seconds
 Ctrl + CCopy the snip to clipboard
 Ctrl + Finally To Save the snip

As mentioned above a snipping tool is a great easy way to capture and share your screen photos. Here is a summary of the important things you can do with a screen grabbing tool for windows.

Use Snipping Tool to make changes or notes, then save, and share. Its a good thing that Microsoft is certain to provide a good alternative.

What You Can Do With The Snipping Tool

Form snipIt Allows You To Draw a free-form shape around an object.
Rectangular snipYou Can Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
Window snipOption To Select a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.
Screen CaptureCapture the entire screen Of Your Computer.
  1. Capture all parts of your PC screen
  2. You Can Add notes after capturing the screen
  3. Save the snip in different formats
  4. Send Email using the snipping tool window
  5. You Can Share it on social media
  6. Collaborate with your co-workers

There are more than 100 screen capture programs of various sorts, and there isn’t one that’s best for everyone, apart from the Snipping tools for Windows. You may need to try a few to find one that meets your needs. If you can not find the windows snipping tool, you can alternatively download the tool HERE. Note: Snipping tools for Windows is only included with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Opening Windows Snipping Tool

Windows 10Select Start  button -> Type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar -> Then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
Windows 8.1 Wipe in from the right edge of the screen -> tap Search, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up -> then select Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
Windows 7 Select the Start  button -> then type snipping tool in the search box, and -> select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

Using Snipping Tool To Capture A Screenshot

To capture images using the snipping tools for Windows

For Windows 10

STEP 1 Go to Snipping Tool, select Mode. In earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. 

STEP 2: When you choose the kind of snip you want, you’ll see the whole screen change slightly to gray.

STEP 3: Then, choosing from anything currently displayed on the screen, select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

STEP 4: On the left top corner, look for a file section. Select file and serve as,then choose the location to save your file.

For Windows 8

STEP 1: Go to start Snipping Tool in Windows 8:

STEP 2: With a mouse open the charm bar by putting the mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the screen. Make sure you have “Apps” selected.

STEP 3: Type in “Snipp”. Start the Snipping Tool by clicking the icon. Windows will switch to the desktop mode. If you are on a touchscreen: Swipe from the right side to the left. Select “Search”.

Alternatively on Windows you can capture a screenshot without having to use the snipping tool. Watch this related video for more on how to capture screenshot in Windows 10 for free. Or simply, you can use these methods above:

Capture Screenshot in Windows 10 Without Snipping Tool

This can be done with the key combination ALT + PrintScreen

  1. Hold and Press the key combination ALT and the PrintScreen key at the same time. This will capture the currently active window. To take a screenshot of the whole desktop, just press PrintScreen.
  2. Then open a Word document and use the key combination ALT + V for inserting the screenshot. Because the screenshot is invisible but it is in the Windows clipboard. This is where everything is stored for cut and paste.
  3. Paste the screenshot first into Microsoft paint, to edit it. You can look for “Paint” in the windows search bar to start this application.