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Using the Snipping Tool

Published on June 5, 2014 in Windows 8.1

Taking the Snip

  1. Click New.
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  2. Drag the crosshairs around any portion of the screen to take a screenshot.
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  3. The Snipping Tool will now display the captured area.
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Saving the Snip

Click the Save (disk) button to choose where you want the program to save your screenshot. You choose to save your image as a GIF, JPEG, or PNG picture file.
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Copying the Snip

Clicking the Copy (two pieces of paper) button will copy your screenshot to the clipboard. You can then paste it in the program of your choice, such as MS Word or Paint.
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Manipulating the Snip

The Snipping Tool gives you options for drawing directly on the screenshot.

  • The Pen tool lets you draw circles, arrows, and a variety of other shapes.
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  • The Highlighter lets you highlight text and other objects.
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  • If you make a mistake, you can undo it by activating the Eraser tool and click on the stray pen/highlighter marks.

Mailing the Snip

The Snipping Tool allows you to mail a screenshot as an email attachment. Click on the Send Snip (envelope) tool to attach the screenshot in an email message.
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