Thursday, February 21, 2013

Windows 7: Take a partial screenshot with Snipping Tool

Windows 7 Printscreen tips:

You can take a screenshot of your screen with the key "Print Scrn" and then paste it in the Paint application (to be able to save the image), or paste is somewhere else.
For taking a screenshot of the active window, you can use the "Alt + Print Scrn" key combination.
But, Windows 7 brings us the Snipping Tool*, to take a partial screenshot of the window (select the area to capture, just like in Mac OS X), and then save it without the need to use Paint for that.

The Snipping Tool can be found at the %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe
There is no command to open the snipping tool, so you can define a shortcut (Properties->Shortcut) for this. (Eg. "Ctrl + Shift + 4", like in Mac OS X)

Under the "new" menu you have the following options:
  • Free-form snip
  • Rectangular snip
  • Window snip
  • Full-screen snip

After you snip, you can annotate it with a pen (you can choose among various colors, thicknesses, or tips) or highlight items.

*Not included with Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic.

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