You’ve Been Taking Screenshots the Slow Way All This Time

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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 (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, 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, 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.

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!

Image Credit: Screen Capture by Vectors1 via Shutterstock

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