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How to take a screenshot on a PC (Snipping Tool)

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The easy way to take a screenshot on a PC or desktop is by using Snipping Tool to capture screenshots.

The sniping tool works on all windows available. Starting with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7. The image created is called a snip.

This tool takes a snapshot to copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen. Use Snipping Tool to make changes or notes, then save and share.

Capture any of the following types of snips:

Free-form snipDraw a free-form shape around an object.
Rectangular snipDrag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
Window snipSelect a window you want to capture, such as a dialog box.
Full-screen snipCapture the entire screen.

When you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window, where you can edit, make changes, save, and share. 

How to Open Snipping Tool in windows to take a screenshots on a pc.

For Windows 10 same as Windows 11Select Start, enter the snipping tool, then select Snipping Tool from the results. Press the
Windows logo key Shift S.
For Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, select Search, enter the snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7Select Start, enter the snipping tool in the search box and choose Snipping Tool from the results list.

How to take a screenshot on a PC procedure.

With your Snipping Tool open, select one of the following to create and work with your screenshots.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, select Mode. Select the arrow next to the New button in earlier versions of Windows. Next, when you choose the kind of snip you want, you’ll see the whole screen change slightly to gray. Then, choosing from anything currently displayed on the screen, select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Snipping Tool mode options

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu you want to capture. For Windows 7, press the Esc key before opening the menu.
  2. Press Ctrl + PrtScn keys. The entire screen changes to gray, including the open menu.
  3. Select Mode, or in earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. Select the kind of snip you want, and then select the screen capture area you want to capture.

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.

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, and then select Save.

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