Snipping Tool

With certain versions of Microsoft Windows there is a free tool called Snipping Tool. This tool can capture screenshots.

Where to find Snipping Tool in Windows:

Snipping tool is only included with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. 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 as Snipping Tool. The download link is (Make sure you click the download link at the bottom of the page to get the free version.)

To start the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

  1. Click on “Start”,
  2. Enter “Snipp”
  3. Click on the Snipping Tool icon.

Where to find Snipping Tool

To start Snipping Tool in Windows 8:

  1. With a mouse: Open the charm bar by putting the mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. With a touchscreen: Swipe from the right side to the left.
  3. Select “Search”.
  4. Make sure you have “Apps” selected.
  5. Type in “Snipp”.
  6. Start the Snipping Tool by clicking the icon.
  7. 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 not print with the Microsoft Windows Snipping Tool. You can either open the snip first in MS Paint or you can use the tool

How can I start Snipping Tool automatically?

There is no default option. You can 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 Print Screen.

How can I make a screenshot from a menu with Snipping Tool?

Use the ESC trick from above and then Print Screen key.

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