Do you ever want to take a screenshot of your screen to include in a post or send to someone in an email?
There is a way to do this in windows, you press Ctrl and PrntScr at the same time and you get a copy of your entire screen. But, sometimes I want to share a portion of my screen and don’t need to include other windows I have open or other tabs I have open in my internet browser. So, then I’d have to paste the screenshot into a picture editing program, crop out the pieces I don’t want and save it somewhere as a file.
BUT, there’s a simpler way!Microsoft built a tool for taking a screenshot of a PORTION of your screen and included it in Windows (but hid it so nobody knows about it). Well, now you will know about it and it will become one of your favorite tools. Remember, I’m all about making life easier and more efficient! 🙂
This nifty little tool is called the ‘Snipping Tool’ and comes with Windows!
I pinned this tool to my taskbar so I don’t have to look for it when I need it. To do this click on the start button on your desktop (if you’re using Windows 8 make sure to read my post on how to add a start menu back to Windows 8) and in the search box type “snipping tool”. In the search results under programs you will see Windows’ Snipping Tool!
Next, right click where it says Snipping Tool under programs and then select “Pin to Taskbar”. Now it will stay on your taskbar and any time you need it you can just click the icon.
To open the snipping tool you just click on your new icon on your taskbar. You’ll get a small window on your screen with three buttons: New, Cancel and Options. To take a screenshot you click new and draw a rectangle around the area you want to capture by clicking with the mouse and holding down while dragging to form a rectangle. When everything you want is in the screen you let go of your mouse and the image is captured. The image will show up in a new window where you’ll have the option to copy it (for pasting into another program), save it as a picture file or email it as a picture file.
It’s as simple as that! No more taking an entire print screen and messing around with cropping out portions you don’t want displayed. I’ve also used this to take a picture of a portion of a report instead of creating a pdf of it to email it off to someone. It definitely saves a few steps just taking a quick screenshot and pasting it into an email.
Snipping Tool’s Features
I tend to use the basics of this little program but there are several added features I should mention. When taking your screenshot instead of using the rectangle tool there is a dropdown menu on the New button which also offers you to take a screenshot of a freehand selection, of just one window or of your entire screen. Then, once your screenshot opens in the second window there are options for marking it up with a pen or highlighter before saving or sending.
I hope you find this little tool useful. The uses are really limitless. I’d love to hear how it saves you time, leave a comment below!
References: Microsoft’s Website