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
These options allow the user to tailor the Snipping Tool to suit their needs. Let’s work through each of these to see what effect they have on the application
- Hide Instruction Text
By default, this option is turned off. Selecting this option will remove help text in various areas of the Snipping Tool application. An example of this is in the initial Snipping Tool window, which displays help text below the main menu choices. Selecting this option will remove this text as seen in these two images.
2. Always copy snips to the Clipboard
Pretty much self-explanatory, by default when snipping, the application will store any snip to the clipboard automatically. Deselecting this option will turn this (handy) feature off.
3. Include URL below snips (HTML only)
According to Windows online support when a snip is saved as an HTML file from a browser window, the URL will appear below the snip if this option is set. Turning off the option will prevent the URL appearing below the snip. We tested this option and were never able to see the URL displayed.
4. Prompt to save snips before exiting
Again pretty much self-explanatory, setting this option will prevent you from losing a snip you haven’t yet saved if you close the Snipping Tool application. When this option is set then the dialog below is displayed if the current snip has not been saved.
5. Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool is active
When selected this option ensures an overlay is displayed outside the selected area during the snipping process. Deselecting this option will prevent the overlay from appearing.
Underneath the five Application options are another couple of Selection options. The first of these options is the Ink Color of the pen that can be used to draw on the snip image. The user is offered sixteen colour options, which are somewhat bizarrely the same colours as defined in the HTML 4.0 definition.
The final option, ‘Show selection ink after snips are captured’, determines whether a border is displayed around the snip during any editing. This border is the same colour as the ink colour selected for the pen.