is not only about the Windows Snipping Tool, but alternative snipping tools available for Windows users, as well as snipping tools on Android and iOS.

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

How to Add the Snipping Tool to Toolbar

We are quite often asked ‘How can I add the Snipping Tool to the Toolbar?’. The simple answer is you can’t. Technically speaking the ‘Toolbar’ in Windows is a seldom-used option accessed by right-clicking on the Taskbar and selecting the Toolbars option. There is a custom toolbar option but this is generally used for allowing quick access to a folder rather than a specific application.

We tend to find that most users confuse the Taskbar with the Toolbar and they are in fact asking ‘How do I add the Snipping Tool to my Taskbar?’. Now this is a relatively straightforward question. Just follow the steps below or watch the video on the right to pin the Snipping Tool to your Windows Taskbar.

  1. Click on your Start icon
  2. Click on the Programs icon
  3. Scroll down to the ‘W’ section
  4. Click on the ‘Windows Accessories’ folder to expand it
  5. Right click on the Snipping Tool icon
  6. Click the ‘Pin to Taskbar’ option
  7. The Snipping Tool icon should now be displayed on the Taskbar