Useful Snipping Tool Shortcuts for Screenshots in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Did you know With Snipping Tool you can capture text, graphics, and any associated annotations and then save them to your desired format? Here in this post, we discuss What is Snipping tool? Where is located on Windows computer and How To capture screen with Snipping tool with some Useful Snipping Tool Shortcuts Applicable for taking Screenshots in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

What is the Snipping Tool?

The Snipping Tool A Screen capture Feature Introduced on Windows 7, Also available on Windows 8 and Windows 10. This allows you to Capture all or part of your PC screen, add notes, save the snip, or email it from the Snipping Tool window.

Snipping Tool Useful Features

Snipping tool has quite interesting features which make it very useful for windows users Such as :

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  • You can capture the whole screen or some part of the screen of your PC.
  • You can add notes to the captured snip using the snipping tool.
  • Directly send the snip to any email address.
  • Copy the snip and paste it anywhere you want.
  • Add art using the Pen included in the snipping toolbox.
  • Erase option is also available in the tool.
  • You can capture the delay snip, in other words, you can set the time up to 5 seconds for capturing the snip on your PC screen.
  • Capture an open window on your PC Screen.
  • Also, you can capture the full screen of your PC using the snipping tool.

How To open Snipping Tool

Microsoft didn’t provide any shortcut to open the Snipping tool on Windows computers. You can open the snipping tool.

Windows 10 Select the Start button, type the snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
Windows 7 Select the Start button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

Or you can press Windows + R key on the Run type snipping tool and hit the enter key to open Snipping Tool.

Snipping Tool Modes

When you open the Snipping tool you find the first option now click on it to take a new screenshot. Before click on it first understand other Tools Such as Mode click it, There are four different modes

snipping Tool modes

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Free-form snip: It lets you draw any random shape on the screen and captures the screen in the same shape.

Rectangular Snip: This allows you to take a rectangular snip, created around by dragging the mouse over any area.

Windows Snip: This option lets you take a full screenshot of any object you have opened like any browser, dialog box, any file explorer windows, etc.

Full-Screen Snip: Upon selecting this option, as soon as you click New, it’ll take a screenshot of the whole screen and present it to you for further editing.

Delay: From delay options, you can set the Delay time. This means for ex you set delay time 5 sec and click on new. The snipping tool allows you to take a screenshot after 5 sec.

Options: And from the options, you can change the various settings such as Hide instructions text, enable the option always copy snips to the clipboard, prompt to save snips before close the Snipping tool, etc.

snipping tool options

How To Take Screen Shot using Snipping Tool

To Take a screenshot using Snipping tool first open it, Set the preferred mode and click on new. This will blower the entire screen and allow you to select the Area you want to capture as shown below the image.

take screenshot using snipping tool

Annotate a snip: After you capture a snip, you can write or draw on or around it by selecting the Pen or Highlighter buttons. Select Eraser to remove the lines you’ve drawn.

Save a snip: After you capture a snip, and make the changes select the Save Snip button.
In the Save As box, type a file name, location, and type, and then select Save.

Share a snip: After you capture a snip, Also you can share the snip by select the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

share snapshot using the snipping tool

Snipping Tool keyboard shortcuts

Also, you can use below Snipping Tool Shortcuts to make quick work of your screenshots:

You can use Keyboard shortcut Alt + M Choose a snipping mode.

Press keyboard shortcut Alt + N to Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one.

Use keyboard shortcut Shift + arrow keys to move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area. (If you move across then down, for example, once you stop moving the cursor, the Snipping Tool will take the screenshot)

You can Delay capture by 1-5 seconds by press the keyboard shortcut  Alt + D (Use the arrow keys and enter to make your selection)

Copy the snip to the clipboard: Ctrl + C

Save the snip: Ctrl + S

Print the snip: Ctrl + P

Create a new snip: Ctrl + N

Cancel the snip: Esc

That’s all about the windows snipping tool, a Free screen capture tool. I hope Reading this posts you very well about the Snipping tool, How it works on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. Also, The useful Snipping Tool Shortcuts help to make quick work of your screenshots.

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