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.

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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