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Sometimes the easiest way to make a copy of something is to take a snapshot of your screen – this is what Snipping Tool does. Use it to send screenshot, image or anything that you wanted to capture on your PC.

Open Snipping Tool

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Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Capture all or part of your PC screen, add notes, save the snip, or email it from the Snipping Tool window. You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form snip – draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular snip – drag 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.
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Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
  2. Press Ctrl + PrtScn keys. This captures the entire screen, including the open menu.
  3. Select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of the screen capture you want.

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.

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Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, select the Save Snip button.
  2. In the Save As box, type a file name, location, and type, then select Save.
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Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from appearing:

  1. In the Snipping Tool, click the Options button on Tools tab.
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  1. Untick the the Include URL below snips (HTML only) box, then click OK.
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Share a snip

After you capture a snip, select the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

Keyboard shortcuts to use in Snipping Tool

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