What is the snipping tool?
The snipping tool is a programme that allows you to select a part of your screen or whatever page you are on and then capture that and save it.
In a previous blog I spoke about how to use printscreen, well the snipping tool is similar but instead of 1. saving your screen 2. selecting the part you want to save or use, the snipping tool is much quicker and skips step 1 and you just have to chose the part you want to save.
It may not seem like a big difference but it can make a huge difference over time if you are trying to copy lots of parts of pages or images or text that you are working on. If you were to have to snip 20 images or extracts it would be far quicker than using printscreen and then cutting out the part you want to use.
How do you use the snipping tool?
1.First click on start on the bottom right of your screen.
2. Then click on “All programs”.
3. Then scroll up to “Accessories” and click on that.
4. Then scroll down to the “Snipping tool” icon and click on that.
5. Then you will see the following image on the window and just click on “new”.
6. Then a short menu will appear and you have a variety of different choices on how you will snip the image or text you are working on. For the purpose of this exercise chose “Rectangle Snip” as shown below.
7. You would actually first chose the image or text you want to snip and then start the “Snipping tool”, so in the example below I have chosen one of my own personal pictures from my blog and want to snip it.
8. After you move the cursor around to cover the parts you want a “Snipping tool” window will automatically open up and show you the image you have got. Voila you have your first snipped image and can now do what you want with it. Please do not use this image (taken in Marseille) without stating that it is my picture. Thank you.
I hope you find this useful. Practise and have fun, if you get stuck, feel free to ask me questions! I’m more than happy to help!
Have a great day.