and pasting the screen shot into a graphics program to add markup and
With Windows Vista, Microsoft has included a utility called
the Snipping Tool to make capturing screen shots easier.
Of course, there are many free screen capture tools for all versions of Windows if you have not upgraded to Windows Vista yet.
Note: The Sniping tool is not available in Windows Vista Home Basic
Edition. It comes with Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or
- Click on the Start Menu and start typing "snipping" into the search box.
- Snipping Tool should show up in the Programs list above the search box, and you can click on it to start it.
Snipping Tool window will appear on your screen. You may move it to an
edge of the screen so it's not in your way, but it will also disappear
when you start dragging a selection area.
- The Snipping
Tool assumes you want to create a new clipping as soon as you open it.
Your screen will dim, and you can click and drag your cursor to select
an area to copy. As you drag, the selected area will be darker, and
surrounded by a red border if you've never changed the Snipping Tool
- When you release the mouse button, the captured
area will open in the Snipping Tool window. If you're not happy with
the selection and need to try again, click the "New" button.
you are happy with your clipping, press the second button to save the
screen shot as an image file. See the tips below for file format
- If your screen
shot contains a limited number of colors and you want to retain crisp
lines and keep the file size small, save as a GIF file. If your screen
shot contains many colors and you want to retain crisp lines and full
quality, save as a PNG file. If your screen shot contains many colors
and you want to make the file size small, save as a JPEG file.
saving your screen shot, you can use the Pen and Highlighter tools in
the Snipping Tool toolbar to add markup to your screen shot. The eraser
tool will remove marks made with the Pen and Highlighter Tools.
- You may email a screen shot without saving it by using the "Send To" button on the Snipping Tool toolbar.
to Tools > Options to change the way the Snipping Tool operates. For
instance, you can change the color of the selection outline by
selecting a new ink color, or turn the outline off entirely by
unchecking the box for "Show selection ink after snips are captured."
- Enable the option "Display icon in the Quick Launch toolbar" if you want to keep the Snipping Tool handy for quick access.