Windows 8 Snipping Tool: Where and How to Use It

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Windows 8′s Snipping Tool improves the Print Screen function and makes it much more useful
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All of us have used the Print Screen button at some point. Maybe you wanted to show somebody a fragment of a conversation or an extract from a book or the drawing. In previous version of Windows, however this process used to be a bit of a drag. You had to Paste the image in Pain and then save it as an image. Only then could you have shared it with somebody else.

The Snipping Tool has been launched in Windows 7 and now users are wondering if the tool is also present in Windows 8.

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Snipping Tool for Windows 8

But within Windows 8 we can say that things have been simplified quite a lot, thanks to the Snipping Tool that has become available. To locate it, users need to over the charm bar and when it appears click on the search button or the magnifying glass icon. Type “Snipping Tool” as a search query. The program should appear right away.

To immediately open the application immediately left click on it. However if you right click on it a menu will pop up at the button of the screen and you’ll be faced with a few options.

  1. You can pin the application to  the tile menu so you can have it there at all times by clicking “Pin to Start” or
  2. You can pin the application to the task bar by clicking “Pin to Taskbar”.

The Snipping Tool looks like a little window that feature three buttons: New, Cancel and Options. If you click New the cursor will be changed in a set of cross hairs like in Yahoo Messenger. You are then free to drag/draw the portion of the screen you need for your snapshot. When you are done just release the mouse.

The image can be saved then in JPEG, PNG or GIF format. If you don’t want to use your free hand to draw the portion of the screen which needs to be snapshot you have a few other options:

  1. Rectangular Snip
  2. Window Snip
  3. Full-screen Snip

If you have made a screenshot of a particular web page you might want to remove the URL before you send it to somebody. To do that it’s very easy. Just click on Options in the Snipping Tool application and uncheck the Include below snips (HTML only).

  • Sin

    Does it put viruses and thing’s on your laptop?