Windows Snipping Tool

In Windows there is a great little tool that can be used to take a snapshot of all or part of your screen.

Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen).

Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool

How to use Windows Snipping Tool

In Windows 7, just press the Windows button to pull up your start menu, and type, “Snipping Tool” You can use this nifty little program to do exactly what you are saying, as well as just save the snip on the spot.

If nothing displays when you type in “Snipping Tool” in the Windows 7 menu, you can browse directly to the file.

The file is located here:


Create a keyboard shortcut for Snipping Tool

If you frequently need to snip things, you could benefit from creating a keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool.

  • Step 1: Go to Start, Accessories, right-click on Snipping Tool and select Properties.
  • Step 2: Move to the Shortcut tab.
  • Step 3: Select the Shortcut key box, and then press any desired keyboard key as your shortcut to the program.
  • Step 4: Windows will define the new shortcut to the Snipping Tool and will also embed Ctrl + Alt as the prefix to the shortcut. If you have assigned ā€œSā€ key to Snipping Tool then you need to press Ctrl + Alt + S to launch, for instance.
  • Step 5: Click Apply and remember your new keyboard shortcut!


Alternatively , Alt+Print Screen will take a screenshot of just the active window. You can then paste the result into your preferred image editing software.