There is no better way to make your screen shots than the use of the snipping tool if you want to do it under the Windows 7 operating system. Other than the fact that it is simple, the snipping tool lets you take a screen in record short time. I have personally estimated and proven claims that you can do it in plain three seconds, and it’s true!

Use of the Snipping Tool

For me, Windows 7 inbuilt snipping tool is one great addition to the series of Operating Systems from Microsoft. I have been using Windows 7 and I must admit I have seen some new and interesting stuff and the snipping tool is definitely one of them. Even it is by far the smallest tool in Windows 7; its working is the stuff fun is made of. Like I said, I would rather you used it to capture the screenshots of your screen. There is no limit to the kind of screenshots you can make using the snipping tool, could be a photo, your PC’s desktop, a document, an error message with your machine amongst a host of other functions.

The procedure

To begin making you screenshot, you have to open the snipping tool from the start Menu. It is simple, just click on your start menu and access all programs. From here, maneuver to accessories and you will find the snipping tool. Simply open it and you are ready to begin. Better yet, you can as well find the snipping tool by carrying out a simple search in your PC’s search bar, it will search programs and files for your snipping tool.

Once here, simply click on the “New” tab and immediately, your PC’s screen will be grayed out. This is where it gets simple, just draw  a square circling the area of your PC’s screen you want to capture and your captured image will show up in a snipping tool window. You are as good as done, simply save the image or better yet you can edit it using the pen tools, the choice is all yours. Remember, I said its fun too because the snipping tool, as I found out has lots of ways you can set it to capture images in different and interesting modes. If you want to have more options as you capture your image, simply click the arrow located next to the “New” tab before you begin the capture process.

Options in Taking Screenshot

With the choices available being free form, you can capture the images in any shape you want regardless, be it rectangular, triangular or window capture. The rectangular shape, as the name suggests lets you draw a rectangle around the image you want to capture whereas the triangular lets you draw a rectangle around the picture you want captured.

On the other hand, the window capture lets you take a capture of a window shape and the full screenshot allows you to capture a full screen. However, I found myself using the rectangular capture more often.