The Snipping Tool is a free and handy screenshot capture tool given with Windows Vista for your use. Thus, you don’t have to download third-party freeware or paid screenshot utility anymore. And, you don’t have to use Prt Scr key anymore, which involved the messy process of pasting it in ‘Paint’ or other photo-editing software after the screen capture.

The Snipping Tool comes with three basic functions:

:: New – has options of capture areas (Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Windows Snip and Full-screen Snip).

:: Cancel – enabled once you start capturing.

:: Options.

Enabling the Snipping Tool

To start the Snipping Tool, click on Start button, then go to All Programs -> Accessories, and click on Snipping Tool shortcut. Furthermore, if you want easy access to it, then click on Options in Snipping Tool, and select Display icon in the Quick Launch toolbar setting. This will put a Snipping Tool shortcut o the Quick Launch toolbar.

Using the Snipping Tool

It is simple and easy to use this tool:

  1. First, start the program – it will automatically start in snipping mode. To capture a screenshot, click on New button on Snipping Tool toolbar or select File -> New Snip.
  2. Next, you have to drag the cursor, draw a line or select the window that you want to capture – the tool will automatically do a full screen capture.
  3. After you have captured your image, you are shown an edit window that lets you edit the screenshot (Save as Type, Copy Snip to Clipboard, Send Snip by Email, use a Pen type to draw on the image, etc.).

Lastly, one of the best advantages of the Snipping Tool over previous screenshot options is that you can capture a section of the screen of your choice.

Word of caution: There’s one problem, people have constantly complained about and that is the snipping tool puts a red/cyan/black border around the images snipped using it. Check this post to learn, how to remove the color borders from snipped images using snipping tool in Vista.

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