Snipping Tool and the future of Windows

Microsoft have released a new version of Windows every two to three years, Windows 10 in 2015, 8 in 2012, 7 in 2009, Vista back in 2007 [source]. So about now we’d all be looking forward to a new version either this year or next, but Microsoft have changed the way they deliver their Windows OS to its users. They have moved it to a ‘software as a service’ release model where users will receive twice yearly updates (around March and September) to the OS – read more here. So does this mean no more major changes to the OS or its standard application suite including the Snipping Tool?

Snipping Tool IconWe don’t know for certain, but we get the feeling Microsoft are happy with the underlying architecture of Windows 10 plus the feedback they have received from users. We certainly have not noticed much negativity about Windows 10 especially when compared to the reaction to Windows 8 on release.

As regards the Snipping Tool, we feel Microsoft will probably leave this pretty much as is, albeit with an occasional cosmetic change as seen in the recent Creators Update. What may move forward in terms of development changes could be the ‘Garage’ Snip app offered as an alternative screen capture tool by Microsoft although this App is already pretty full of cool features.

Whatever happens, we will keep you up to date with any changes to the Windows Snipping Tool.

New Snipping Tool features in Windows 10

The main new feature in the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 is the addition of the Delay option on the main menu bar

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This option allows you to select a delay in seconds that will occur between when you press New and when the Snipping Tool grays out the screen for selection. This feature allows you to click on menus etc before making a selection. These menus or options may have been ones that disappear when the New button is clicked i.e. when the Snipping Tool regains focus in Windows. With the delay option you can now set focus to other applications even Windows itself before selecting your ‘snip’. For example, this will allow you to take snips of fly-out drop down menus, the Windows start menu etc. A delay between 0 (normal snipping mode) and 5 seconds can be set. Here’s how to use this new feature

  1. Start the Snipping Tool
  2. Set the Delay option to the desired snipping delay
  3. Click New and the Snipping Tool will momentarily disappear
  4. Now open/close the menus you require to snip
  5. After the delay has expired, your screen will go opaque and you will be able to snip menus etc that would normally close when clicking New on the Snipping Tool

The first minor change we found was the removal of the Display icon in the Quick Launch toolbar from the Snipping Tool Options dialog.

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Another small change was the addition of a Print option once you had captured a snip.

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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!

 

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.

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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.