How to Screenshot in Windows Using a Built-in Screen Capture Tool

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We’re all pretty familiar on how to screenshot using Printscreen inWindows already so that’s not what we’re going to be discussing in this post. What we will be talking about is how to screenshot using a screenshot capture tool that most Windows users don’t know about. It’s called the Snipping Tool. While it may be extremely old news to some, it’s still not well-known to others because it’s usually hidden until you intentionally search for it.

How to Screenshot Using The Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a screen capture tool that comes pre-installed in all versions of Windows. No installations necessary! You can access it by hitting the Windows Key on your keyboard, and typing in “Snipping Tool.” It’ll look something like this:

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From here, you can click “New” to select a section of your screen. This screen will pop up now:


how to screenshot snipping tool - screen capture toolhow to screenshot snipping tool - screen capture toolThe Snipping Tool gives you few basic tools on this screens such as a highlighter, pen, and an eraser for editing.

The highlighter tool will allow you to highlight anything within the screenshot with a transparent, yellow paintbrush.

The pen tool lets you draw on your screenshot. You can adjust the color and thickness of the pen tool depending on what you want to use it for.

The eraser is for erasing any mistakes you made with the highlighter or pen tools. While using the eraser, simply click on the highlighter or pen marks you want to get rid of.

When you’re done with any edits, you can hit the “save” button to keep a copy on your hard drive. You’re given the choice to save your file in one of these formats: GIF, PNG, JPEG or HTML.

Simple right? It’s very handy! I have the Snipping Tool pinned to my taskbar because I use it so often. You can use it to capture anything on your screen. It’s actually what I use to take screen captures for this blog.

Which screen capture tool do you use? Let us know what you think of the Snipping Tool in the comments.

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Hey! I'm Stephen (aka Steebo) and my life revolves around Tech. I'll be providing tips, reviews, and other updates on this blog.

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