Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 8

With Windows 8, Microsoft have introduced a completely new interface, the Start screen. This consists of a number of tiles which represent different sets of your data, whether it’s your photos or the latest news on your favourite sports team. This is all fine and dandy but what about the Snipping Tool, where has that little fella disappeared to?

Windows 8 Start screen

Windows 8 Start screen

Well, first up there’s no Start button on the Start screen. To access the Snipping Tool as well as the usual collection of Windows accessories, simply right click on the background of the Start screen. This displays an ‘App’ bar across the bottom of the display and then simply click on the ‘All Apps’ option. Then, as well a list of Apps, a list of Windows Accessories are displayed including the good old Snipping Tool. In fact all your usual Windows programs can be found in this area, like the Control Panel, Remote Desktop, etc.

If you start the Snipping Tool from here, you will be taken to the Windows desktop to use it.

If you use the Snipping Tool a lot it may be worth your while right clicking on the Icon and pinning it to ‘Start’ or the taskbar. The first option places it with the other apps which are initially displayed when you get to the Start screen. A bit like icons on your desktop, these can be shuffled around to place them in more handy locations for your use.

The second option, as it suggests, places a shortcut to the Snipping Tool on the Windows desktop taskbar. Again these icons can be shuffled to suit your needs.

The Snipping Tool in Windows 7

With the look and feel of Windows 7 not changing drastically from Vista, it’s nice to know that the Snipping Tool is still located in its usual spot in the Accessories menu. For those of you not too ‘au fait’ with Vista or Win 7, here’s a step by step guide to get you using the Snipping Tool.


  • Click on the Start button at the left end of your taskbar.
  • Click (or hover) on All Programs to reveal a full list of applications and application folders you can access
  • There should be a folder called ‘Accessories’, click on this
  • The Snipping Tool should be listed in this application folder (pictured)

For those of you who use the Snipping Tool a lot there are a couple of options available to you in Windows 7 to make starting it a little quicker and easier. Right click on the Snipping Tool rather than start it, and select either ‘Pin to Taskbar’ or ‘Pin to Start Menu’.

‘Pin to Taskbar’ will permanently locate a Snipping Tool icon on your Taskbar for one click start-up of the application. The Start Menu option will locate an icon permanently in the list of applications available on the Start Menu providing a two click start up for the Snipping Tool.

Both these options can be undone by simply right-clicking on the Snipping Tool icon and selecting Unpin.

So there you have it, a brief overview of where the Snipping Tool is in Windows 7.

Use IfranView as a Snipping Tool

When is a snipping tool not a snipping tool, well when it’s a graphics viewer, like IrfanView. Combine the ‘Print Screen’ button on most Windows PCs and a graphics or image viewer’s crop function and you have a snipping tool albeit ‘old skool’.

So, instead of using a specific snipping tool, why not use an image viewer? Well generally they can be quite large programs, taking a long time to load and we don’t want to wait that long just to grab a piece of the screen. Also the cropping functionality may be cumbersome with multiple keystrokes or mouse clicks to find and use.

But that’s where IrfanView is different, it’s small and cropping with IrfanView is easy, almost as easy as using a snipping tool :-)

Well let’s do a comparison, how many keypresses or mouse clicks does it take to take a screen capture using PrintScreen and IrfanView.

1) Capture Screen – ‘Alt + PrintScreen’ (2 keypresses)
2) Start IrfanView (4 mouse clicks)
3) Paste Image – ‘Ctrl + V’ (2 keypresses)
4) Select area for cropping – Mouse down, drag, mouse up – (Mouse click and drag)
5) Crop image – ‘Ctrl + Y’ or Edit/Crop Selection – (2 keypresses or 2 mouse clicks)
6) Save image – Save Icon, Save button – (2 mouse clicks)

Not what we would call speedy but let’s see how it stacks up against the Windows Snipping Tool in Windows 7

1) Start Snipping Tool – (4 mouse clicks)
2) Select area for cropping – Mouse down, drag, mouse up – (Mouse click and drag)
3) Save image – Save Icon, Save button – (2 mouse clicks)

Well quite a difference as you can see. With the snipping tool there are three less steps which consist of up to 6 keypresses, so overall you’d have to favour the Windows snipping tool, but of course this ‘experiment’ is hardly scientific. What if IrfanView is already open? Shortcut use to make it access quicker? As always it’s really down to the individual user to see what works for them and whilst IrfanView is a neat graphics viewer it’s probably not a great replacement for the Windows snipping tool.

Unless, of course, you’re running Windows XP ;-)

PicPick Screen Capture Tool

Whilst PicPick sports a more than suitable screen capture tool, it contains much more than that. Along with a screen capture tool, it features an image editor, colour picker, palette, an always useful pixel ruler, protractor and a whiteboard. A great array of handy tools, something for everybody.

But of course it is its usefulness as an alternative to the standard Windows tool that we are interested in. PicPick’s screen capture tool has some great features including dual monitor support, sharing to Facebook, Twitter and email. It also repeats the last capture, handy for those repetitive screen capturing tasks. There’s no video capture but then again neither has the Windows snipping tool. So it’s not a massive step-up from the snipping tool in terms of screen capture but the fact that it has a handy set of features thrown in too, there’s bound to something in there that the user will find useful.

PicPick runs nicely on all versions of Windows (apparently) and doesn’t talk to the registry or system folder, making it a portable piece of software. More than 28 languages are supported.

A home version of PicPick is available from the developer’s website.

Jing Image and Video Capture Software

Jing is a great piece of free software from the guys at TechSmith and is a definite alternative to the standard Windows snipping tool. Jing is especially handy for those of us into social networking as video captured using the software can be easily shared on your twitter or Facebook account. Other great features include

* easily adding notes to your captured images
* share images instantly with flickr
* add narration to your video (microphone required)
* easily embed captured video into your blog

Unfortunately Jing video capture is limited to 5 minute chunks but its sibling software Snagit will allow you to grab those longer video tutorials.

But as free image and video capture software it’s hard to look past Jing. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and 7 plus there’s a Mac OS X version available running on 10.5.8 or later.

Visit TechSmith’s Jing download page to give this great piece of image capture software a trail run.

Microsoft Snipping Tool in Vista

Microsoft introduced the Snipping Tool application for desktops with the release of Vista. The application allows the user to take sceenshots of any rectangular area displayed on their PC monitor. The Vista snipping tool allows the user to manipulate the screenshot by using the various tools available. These tools include a highlighter, colour pens and an eraser.

The screenshot can also be saved as a jpeg, gif or png file and then further manipulated by the various image editing software. The Snipping tool can also directly create an email with the screen shot as an attachment. The application will detect the default email client on the users PC.

How To Run The Snipping Tool in Vista

The snipping tool in Vista can be started by clicking on the Windows icon, entering ‘snip’ in the Search box and clicking on the Snipping Tool icon in the results. It can also be found under All Programs/Accessories.

Screenshot of Iphone: How to take Iphone Screenshot

People often ask me how to take Iphone Screenshot. basically, like everything else from Apple doing complicated things can be made easy. With the Iphone you can take  screenshot without using any other app. To take a screenshot of the content of the Iphone you will need to follow this simple steps.

1.  First, navigate to the screen you want to take a short of. For the sake of this article let’s take the Weather apps.

2. When you have the screen open on the iphone press the “Home” Button and hold it.

3.  While holding the home button press once the power button to take the screenshot. You will see the screen flash once. That’s it. The result will look like below.

Screenshot of Iphone

Screenshot of Iphone


4, The image will be saved to the end of the Camera Roll.

Easier you cannot have it.

3 Free Screen Capture Software as replacement to Windows 7 Snipping tool

Why spend money when you can get something for free? You might have the same thought when it comes to getting screen capture software. Although, Microsoft Windows 7 Screen capture software is free, it does have some limitations. Below you will find 3 great screen capture software you might consider as addition to your windows 7 Snipping tool.

Windows 7 Snipping tool Replacement 1: ScreenHunter 5 Free

ScreenHunter 5 Free is free screen capture software which runs under all versions of Windows and comes with both 32-bit and 64. This free version has some limitations as well because there is a pro version with better features that the developer would like you to buy. However, for most users the screen captures capabilities in the free version might just be enough.


Windows 7 Snipping tool Replacement 2: SnapaShot

This is a very small application but versatile. It can make screenshot of different sizes. The only thing you have to do is just open Snapa, resize it’s window to fit the area you want to save, and  press “Save” button, then you are done.



Windows 7 Snipping tool Replacement 3: Gadwin PrintScreen

Gadwim Printscreen is absolutely free and was created to be tiny and simple to use. You can use it either to capture a screenshot and save it or send it to the printer.  All you have to do is to hit a pre-defined key on your keyboard and you are done.



Why not try out these 3 screen capture software and see how they compare to the Windows 7 Snipping tool?

Snapshot of screen Office 2010

Take Snapshot of screen with Office 2010

When Microsoft Office 2010 was released, one of its newest and most talked about features was the snapshot of screen ability. Taking Screenshots of screen have always been problematic to attain on PCs, but now users can take a capture of their screen in one simple step within any of the Office 2010 programs.

When you have one of the Office 2010 programs open, all you have to do is click on “Insert” in the top navigation bar.

snapshot of screen

snapshot of screen

Look at the options that are displayed. One of the options should be the Snapshot of Screen option. Its icon includes a picture of a little camera. When you click on this button, the program will display a dropdown box. This box will show the active windows that you currently have open on your computer as individual miniature displays. You can click on one to take its snapshot.

Another option is to manually take a screenshot of any area of your current screen. You have the power to do so by clicking on the button labeled, “Screen Clipping,” at the bottom of the window. Now, select the area of your screen that you want to capture by clicking and dragging the mouse to make a box around the desired area.

snapshot of screen

snapshot of screen

This snapshot of screen feature is easy-to-use and allows you to take a screenshot that is automatically inserted into your document like clipart. Once it is in your document, you can also save the image to your computer by right clicking on it and then selecting, “Save as Picture.” Take advantage of this tool for your reports and presentations.

See how to take snapshot of screen with windows snipping tool

Microsoft Snipping Tool

Introducing the Microsoft Snipping Tool

Very few people check out every accessory that is offered on Windows Vista and most people are not even aware of the Microsoft Snipping tool. Everyday across America, people are still using the print screen key, saving the screen shot in a program with cropping tools and finally saving the cropped section. This cumbersome task has all changed due to this new tool.
To use the Microsoft Snipping tool do the following:
  1. Pull up the Windows Start menu,
  2. Click on All Programs
  3. Scroll down to the “Accessories” folder- There on the list of accessories, you will find the Snipping tool.
  4. Once you have chosen the area you want to snip, it automatically appears in another screen and you can use the pen, highlighter, email or save it. You can snip the entire page or just one small section.

Microsoft Snipping Tool Usage

Microsoft Snipping Tool is a great applications for business as well as personal applications. For those that develop PowerPoint presentations this is a dream come true. You can copy screenshots, images or anything else that shows on the computer screen with just a snip. Then simply add it to your presentation. This tool makes it fast and easy. For example, you receive an email from a co-worker that contains information that you would like to send to another associate, but he or she included some personal information, you can just snip what you need!

On a more personal level, this is a tool that you can have a great deal of fun using. Many times, you will come across information you may want to share with family or friends. Usually you send them the page address through email. With the Microsoft Snipping tool, you can just snip the area that you want and send it. You can add a comment if you have a digital pen or highlight an area for emphasis. You can also snip people out of photos or draw on photos that you have snipped!

The Microsoft Snipping tool is catching on as more people become aware of it. It is a very useful tool that will save you a great deal of time especially in a fast-paced business environment. As far as personal uses, you will just have a great deal of fun with this tool. It is very simple to use and if you have a digital pen for your computer, you will really love this tool. This has made screen capture as easy as possible.
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