With certain versions of Microsoft Windows there is a free tool called Snipping Tool. This tool can capture screenshots for free.
Where to find Snipping Tool in Windows:
The screenshot tool is only included with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you can not find it, you can alternatively download the free tool Capture Screenshot lite which looks the same and works pretty much the same. The download link is http://www.gutmannsoft.com/en/screenshot/capture-screenshot-lite.php. (Make sure you click the download link at the bottom of the page to get the free version.)
To start the free Snipping Tool in Windows 10
Starting the screenshot tool in Windows 8
it is pretty much the same. (Note that you need one “p” more)
Video instructions: How to capture a Screenshot in Windows 10 using the Snipping Tool
1. Click on “Search” / “Magnifier Glass”,
2. Enter “Snip”
3. Click on the Snipping Tool software icon.
4. Click “New”
5. Choose the area to capture
6. Save the screenshot to your computer
Video instructions: How to find and start the Snipping Tool in Windows 8
To start Snipping Tool in Windows 8:
- With a mouse: Open the charm bar by putting the mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the screen.
- With a touchscreen: Swipe from the right side to the left.
- Select “Search”.
- Make sure you have “Apps” selected.
- Type in “Snipp”.
- Start the Snipping Tool by clicking the icon.
- Windows will switch to the desktop mode.
See how to start Snipping Tool in Windows 8 in this video:
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How can I print from Snipping Tool?
You can print directly in the snip tool software versions included from Windows 10. With older software version you can not print directly. You can either open the snip first in MS Paint or you can use the tool http://www.gutmannsoft.com/en/screenshot/capture-screenshot-lite.php
How can I start Snipping Tool automatically?
There is no default option that comes with the screenshot tool from Microsoft. For Windows 10 you could use these instructions. You can also add it to the Autostart group in Windows 7 and lower. For Windows 8, you need to go to Task manager and add a new Task in Startup. Capture Screenshot lite has a tickbox for that under options.
Can I use the Print-screen button with the Snipping Tool?
Yes. But you need to click new-snip first, then ESC on your keyboard, then the Print Screen key.
How can I make a screenshot from a menu with Snipping Tool?
Use the ESC trick from above and then Print Screen key.