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Screenshots are useful for a lot of things — I won’t ramble on about all of the possibilities here — but Windows doesn’t exactly make it easy to take them.

Print Screen is always an option The Ultimate Guide on How to Take a Screenshot The Ultimate Guide on How to Take a Screenshot Most people would think taking a screenshot was a simple and straightforward process, and that it would be much the same on every platform they encounter. Well, they'd be wrong. The process of taking screenshots... Read More (as is Alt + Print Screen), but then you have to open an image editor, paste from the clipboard, crop and resize the image, and then save/export in whatever format you want. You could always use a third-party tool 4 Best Tools For Creating Screenshots Compared 4 Best Tools For Creating Screenshots Compared CTRL + SHIFT + 4. Three keys - that's all you need for perfect screenshots. It doesn't need to be a hassle! Try these advanced screen capturing tools and you won't ever look back. Read More , but wouldn’t it be better not to?

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As it turns out, there’s a little-known utility called the Snipping Tool that you can launch just by opening the Start Menu (or Cortana) and searching for Snip. With it, you can snip in four convenient ways:

  • Freeform: Snip whatever shape you can draw.
  • Rectangular: Snip a custom box selection.
  • Window: Snip a particular window.
  • Full-Screen: Snip the entire screen.

Once you’ve snipped, an editor window pops up with the selection in it. Here you can draw, highlight, or erase. When you’re ready, you can quick save as a file, copy the image to clipboard, or share it by email directly. Way easier than Print Screen, isn’t it?

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Funny enough, the Snipping Tool has been around since Windows 7 How To Take Awesome Screenshots In Windows 7 How To Take Awesome Screenshots In Windows 7 In principle, taking a screenshot is very simple. With the right technique however, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle and greatly improve the look of your screenshots. In this article I... Read More , yet so many people still don’t know about it. Give it a try. It’s definitely the best way to take screenshots in Windows How to Take Screenshots in a Snip with these Windows Tools How to Take Screenshots in a Snip with these Windows Tools Windows offers many ways to capture your screen. Microsoft Snip takes the Snipping Tool to the next level, but many others compete for the top spot. We have summarized your options. Read More .

Is Print Screen enough for you? Or will you be switching to the Snipping Tool? Got any other screenshotting tricks? Share with us in the comments below!

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