16.2–The “Snipping Tool”, a neat and useful little tool in Windows 7, 8 and 10.-2012-09-01 – UPDATED-2015-08-04

This may be familiar to many but it is not to all, mainly because it’s hidden in the Windows 7, 8 and 10 tool set. The” Snipping Tool” is a neat little tool that allows users to copy a portion or all that is displayed on the screen and paste it into a document. You can also “Save as” or “Send to” an email recipient or as an attachment to an email recipient. It allows some editing with “Pen”, “Highlighter” or “Eraser”.

Accessing the Snipping Tool in Windows 7

  1. On the start menu, click on “All Programs”.
  2. Scroll down to “Accessories”.
  3. Read down and you will see “Snipping Tool”.
  4. Right click and choose “Pin to the Taskbar”. The Snipping Tool should appear at the bottom of your screen, as a drum with scissors on top. From the Taskbar it is easily available whenever you need it.

Accessing the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

  1. On the start menu, click on “All apps”.
  2. Scroll down to “Windows Accessories”.
  3. Open it, scroll down and you will see “Snipping Tool”.
  4. Right click and choose “Pin to the Taskbar”. The Snipping Tool should appear at the bottom of your screen, as a drum with scissors on top. From the Taskbar it is easily available whenever you need it.

Using the Snipping Tool

Whenever you want to copy part of what is displayed on your monitor or the whole screen, you just:

  1. Click on the Snipping Tool, at the bottom of your screen, and the whole screen will become shaded with a set of crosshairs on top.
  2. With the mouse, just position the crosshair at the bottom left corner for example, Click and hold.
  3. Move the crosshairs to cover the area you want on the screen. Then let go the Click. The area chosen will now be displayed with a menu.
  4. At that point, the area has been copied and you can “paste” it on any document you want. I often paste to a blank Word document that I use to file it.
  5. Or, you can use the menu to edit the Snip with the “Tools”: “Pen”, “Highlighter” or “Eraser”.
  6. Then, you can either “Save as” or “Send to” in an email.

It only does that but it does it well!

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