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Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

snip-tool-win-10Update: As pointed out by our readers, Microsoft have moved the Snipping Tool in its final release version of Windows 10. It now lives in a location where we are probably more used to accessing it from. So, to start the Snipping Tool, click on the Start icon and then the All Apps option. This brings up an alphabetical list of programs and folders.

Scroll down to the ‘W’ section and click on the Windows Accessories folder. The Snipping Tool should be listed in this folder.

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If you’re going to use the Snipping Tool frequently, then you may want to take advantage of one of two options in the right-click context menu on the Snipping Tool, namely ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Pin to Taskbar’.

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Pinning the Snipping Tool to Start, creates a ’tile’ for the software, in the group of tiles to the right of the Start menu. Pinning the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar, creates a permanent icon on the Windows Taskbar.

You could also use the Search option to the right of the Start icon and enter ‘sn’. The Snipping Tool will be the only option in the search result list.

Hope that helps everyone find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10.

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Whilst Windows 10 won’t be released until after April 2015, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the OS given the Technical Preview available to check out what’s changed for Snipping Tool users.

The good news is that on this review version of Win 10, the Snipping Tool is most definitely front and center! There’s a shortcut to it available on the main Start Menu no less!

CaptureWhich of course makes it a breeze to start up your favourite snipping tool in the latest OS from Microsoft. There’s also the usual Pin/Unpin from Start and Pin/Unpin from taskbar option.

However things got a bit confusing with the Pin/Unpin from Start option. Pinning it to Start means it appears as a tile option in the area to the right of the Start Menu and unpinning it moved it back to the Start menu.

The only way to remove it from the Start Menu/Area was to use the ‘Remove from this list’ option, which demoted it to the All Apps area under Windows Accessories – its usual home!

So the only real changes to where to find the Snipping Tool in Win 10 are more a reflection of a change in the OS itself with the merging of the two interfaces available in Win 8.

In our next post we’ll take a closer look at the Win 10 version of the Snipping Tool to see what has changed in its functionality.

Updated: Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t find any differences in functionality between a Win 7 snipping tool app and the Win 10 version!

Updated: Actually yes we did! Check out the new features in the Snipping Tool in Windows 10!

 

Snipping Tool Application Options

Having taken a look at the ‘Snip’ options available in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, we thought we’d take a quick look at the application options as well. Clicking on the Options cog in the initial Snipping Tool window opens up the ‘Snipping Tool Options’ dialog

Screen grab of the Windows Snipping Tool options dialog window

Snipping Tool Options Dialog

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Snipping Tool ‘Snip’ Options

Most of us probably just make ‘rectangular’ snips when using the Windows Snipping Tool. But there are a few other options available when using the Snipping Tool.

These alternative snips are available in a drop down from the ‘New’ option in the Snipping Tool.

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Multiple Monitors and PrntScrn in Windows 10

The PrntScrn or ‘Print Screen’ keyboard function has been around a long time, coming into existence well before multiple monitor setups were all the rage. Now that multiple monitor setups are much more common we thought we’d take a quick look at how the PrntScrn key operates with multiple screens in Windows 10.

1) PrntScrn

A straight PrntScrn command captures a full ‘screen dump’ incorporating all the monitors, no single/window capture here. Of note is that it also captures dropdowns plus the Start Window as seen on the image below which displays the Firefox options menu highlighted in the centre monitor screen.

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Set a Keyboard HotKey or Shortcut Key for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

It’s very easy in Windows 10 to set up a keyboard shortcut to start up the Snipping Tool or any other application for that matter. Just follow these steps

1. Right click on the Snipping Tool in the App menu (or its tile if you have one setup) and select ‘Open File Location’

2. This opens the Windows Accessories folder in Windows Explorer

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Snipping Tool no longer opens with a new Snip automatically

We came across a recent post on Ten Forums where the user was wondering why the Snipping Tool, in Windows 10, no longer opens automatically in ‘Capture’ mode as it did in Windows 7 (and Vista apparently).

The post digresses into how many clicks it takes to open the Snipping Tool, but it was the disappearance of this automatic ‘Capture’ mode the user was really missing.

So we dug a bit deeper and found a video on MSDN’s Channel9 where Gov Maharaj and Larry Larsen discuss users queries on Windows 8. At 13:50 in the video, they discuss the Snipping Tool’s automatic ‘Capture’ mode and the bad news is ….

[The removal of the automatic ‘Capture’ mode] was due to customer feedback, there was [sic] certain workflows that people were using the snipping tool for, where having it automatically start was actually causing some issues, so, we decided, well, here’s actual feedback that says we’d like it a different way, so we set it to be a different way, and just clicking on ‘New’ is actually pretty reasonable …’

They add that there is no switch which can set this mode, so, unfortunately, it has gone for good, well at least for the moment.

Here’s the video, starting from the relevant point

Found via EightForums