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Using Windows Vista Snipping Tool

One great new feature of Windows Vista is the Snipping Tool. For anyone familiar with using the print screen function for capturing screen shots will truly appreciate the new tool which is a beefed up version of the print screen function.

The Snipping Tool allows you to easily capture “snips” or screen shots of your screen in different sizes and shapes which can be saved, modified and annotated. There are several different methods for snipping parts of the screen all of which are described below.

Types of Snips
When creating a new snip there are several type of snips that can taken. These include free-form, rectangle, window and full screen. Listed below is a description of each type of snip.
  1. Free-Form Snip
    The free-form snip allows you draw a free-form shape around the area of the screen that you want to capture.

  2. Rectangle Snip
    The rectangle snip option you selects a rectangle area of the screen to be captured.

  3. Window Snip
    With the window snip option you can capture an active windows such a dialog box or email.

  4. Full Screen Snip
    The full screen snip option will capture the entire active screen when selected.
How to Capture a Snip
  1. Click Start

  2. Select All Programs

  3. Click Accessories

  4. Click Snipping Tool
  5. Select Yes or No when prompted whether or not to install the Snipping Tool on the QuickLaunch Bar. By installing the Snipping Tool on the QuickLaunch bar it will be readily available anytime you need to use it.

  6. Click on arrow next to New and select the snip type (the shape and type of screenshot you want to capture with the snipping tool) and then use mouse to select the area to be snipped.
Saving, Annotating and Sharing Snips
Once a snip is created then it can be saved, annotated, emailed or pasted into a document. Listed below are the options available.

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