You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.

  • Rectangular Snip.  Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

  • Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.

After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the mark-up window, where you can annotate, save, or share the snip.

Animated illustration showing Snipping Tool capturing a free-form snip
Snipping Tool

Note

  • When Snipping Tool is open, a white overlay appears on your screen until you capture a snip. To turn off the overlay, open Snipping Tool, and then click Options. In the Snipping Tool Options dialog box, clear the Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool is active check box, and then click OK.

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To capture a snip

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Snipping Tool.

  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse or tablet pen to capture a snip.

To capture a snip of a menu

If you want to capture a snip of a menu, such as the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Snipping Tool.

  2. After you open Snipping Tool, press ESC, and then open the menu that you want to capture.

  3. Press CTRL+PRINT SCREEN.

  4. Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse or tablet pen to capture the menu.

To annotate a snip

  • Use a mouse or tablet pen to write on or around the snip.

To save a snip

  1. Click the Save Snip button.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location to save the snip in, and then click Save.

To share a snip

  • Click the arrow on the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the menu.