How to use the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 and Windows 7

In this article, lean how to use the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 and Windows 7

The Windows Snipping Tool is a utility software that comes with newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 10 and Windows 7. Many people regard Microsoft’s Snipping Tool to be an easy and effective tool for taking screenshots on Windows because of its familiarity. From the moment you click the Snipping Tool shortcut to saving your image, this guide explains to you how to utilize the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 and Windows 7. Let’s get this party started:

Quick Steps: 

In Windows 10, where is the Snipping Tool?

  1. Type “snipping tool” into the taskbar’s search area by clicking or tapping on it.
  2. Select the right result by clicking or tapping it. You can also use the right-hand side of the search flyout to click or tap on Open.

Where is the Snipping Tool in Windows 10?

The Snipping Tool app in Windows 10 can be used in a variety of ways, but the quickest option is to use search. Click or tap the search field on the taskbar, type in snipping tool, and then select the suitable result. You can also use the right-hand side of the flyout to click or tap on Open.

Open the Start Menu and navigate to the Windows Accessories folder if you prefer a more traditional method. To open the software, click or press the Windows 10 Snipping Tool shortcut inside.

The Run command window is another option for launching the Snipping Tool in Windows 10. To open Run fast, hit the Windows + R keyboard shortcut, type snippingtool in the Open area, and then click/tap the OK button or press the Enter key.

You can also pin a shortcut for Snipping Tool to Start or the Windows 10 taskbar, which you may use to quickly access the tool.

How to open the Snipping Tool for Windows 7

The techniques for accessing the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 are similar to those in Windows 10. In the Start Menu search box, type “snip” and then select the Snipping Tool result.

Another option is to access the Accessories folder from the Windows 7 Start Menu, then select the Snipping Tool shortcut.

Alternatively, you can run the app from the Run window by following the instructions outlined in the last chapter.

TIP: By following the methods in this post, you can create a Snipping Tool keyboard shortcut on both Windows 10 and Windows 7. The Snipping Tool hotkey can then be used to start the software.

Understanding the Windows Snipping Tool interface

The Windows 7 Snipping Tool‘s user interface is simple, with only three buttons available.

The user interface for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 differs slightly from that of Windows 7. The Windows 10 Snipping Tool features the Mode and Delay buttons, which are not available in the Windows 7 Snipping Tool.

NOTE: Another difference is the message at the bottom, which encourages you to try Snip & Sketch, a Windows 10 program that may soon replace the Snipping Tool.

The following are the functions of each of the main buttons:

  • New – It takes a screenshot in the selected mode and is available on both operating systems.
  • Mode – This option is only available in the Snipping Tool for Windows 10, and it allows you to select the type of screenshot you want to take, as detailed in the next chapter. If you’re using Windows 7, you may get the same options by clicking the downward arrow next to New.
  • Delay – This button is only available in Windows 10, and it allows you to delay the screen capture for up to 5 seconds. To establish a delay for your screenshot, select one of the available settings from the dropdown menu.
  • Cancel – You can cancel by taking a screenshot by using the Cancel button. To achieve the same outcome, press Esc on your keyboard.
  • Options – enable you to personalize several parts of the software.

How to use the Snipping Tool on Windows to take screenshots

The Microsoft Snipping Tool program allows you to take four different types of screen captures. By clicking or tapping on the Mode button or the downward arrow next to it in Windows 10, you may choose which one you want to use.

Click the arrow next to New on Windows 7 to bring up a dropdown menu with the same options.

Each option allows you to snap a different kind of screenshot:

  • Free-form Snip – utilize it if you wish to use your mouse to draw an irregular shape anywhere on the screen, capturing the targeted region.
  • Rectangular Snip –  is the default option, and it allows you to take a screenshot of a rectangular area.
  • Window Snip – is a program that allows you to capture a screenshot of an open window or menu on your screen. Moving the cursor around reveals various elements that can be captured by clicking or touching on them.
  • Full-screen Snip – works similarly to the old Print Screen key in that it captures the entire screen.

After selecting a screenshot Mode, select New and specify what you want to capture. If you’ve chosen one of the first two options, click and drag the region that interests you, or use your finger if you’re using a touchscreen. The selected region is surrounded by a red border as you drag if you’re using the default settings.

When you’re done with your selection, remove the mouse button or raise your finger, and the screenshot is instantly opened in an editing window where you may comment, save, or share it.

How to edit and save your screenshots with the Snipping Tool app

The Snipping Tool editing window includes tools for tweaking screenshots as soon as they’re taken. If you don’t like your image, you can always make a new one by pressing the New button. You can draw and write on your snapshot with the Pen and Highlighter tools before saving it, and the Eraser tool will erase any modifications you make. The graphic below depicts the various possibilities available.

Press the Save button to save the screenshot. Select the image location, type a Filename, then choose a file format: PNG, GIF, JPEG, or HTML in the pop-up. Then press the Save button.

TIP: The Snipping Tool program saves screenshots to the Pictures folder by default. We produced a guide to assist you to figure out where Windows 10 screenshots are saved and change their default location for additional information.

Bonus: How to customize the Snipping Tool on Windows 10 and Windows 7

When you open the Snipping Tool, regardless of your Windows version, click or tap the Options button to specify your preferences for how the software should work.

In the editing mode of the software, you may also access Options from the Tools menu.

Application and Selection are the two parts that display the various options. You can utilize the checkboxes in the Application section to make the following changes:

  • Hide Instruction Text – this option hides the instructions in the Snipping Tool’s primary window.
  • Always copy snips to the Clipboard – save all screenshots to the Windows clipboard so you may paste them into other programs quickly (e.g., word processors or image editors).
  • Include a URL below your snips (HTML only) – save your snips as Single File HTML or MHT documents, and include the URL of the webpage in the snapshot.
  • Prompt to save snips before exiting – provides you a heads up if you have any unsaved captures and try to exit the program.
  • Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool – When you disable Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool, the Snipping Tool translucent overlay is no longer visible on the screen when you are taking a screenshot.

The color palette settings can be changed in the Selection pane at the bottom:

  • Ink Color – When you create a snip, the Ink Color option alters the color of the selected border.
  • Show selection ink after snips are captured – when this option is enabled, the selection boundary surrounding the screenshot is displayed in the color indicated above.

Are you using the Windows 10 or Windows 7 Snipping Tool?

You can snap amazing screenshots regardless of your operating system now that you know how to utilize the Snipping Tool on Windows. Please let us know which version of the app you’re using before closing this guide. If you’re utilizing the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, we’d like to know why. Have you tried any of the other Windows 10 options? Please let us know in the comments section.

In this video, we are gonna show you how to use the Snipping Tool for Windows 10:

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