Tuesday Tip: Screenshot with the Snipping Tool

By Blaine Williams


The snipping tool is a native Windows app that allows you to easily capture/screenshot any information on your computer screen. I was under the impression that the majority of people who used a Windows PC were aware of this application’s existence. That being said, I’ve recently discovered an increasing number of individuals who didn’t know about this handy app, even with it being built into Windows year after year (starting in 2002).

For those of you who were none the wiser about the snipping tool, here’s how to access it to quickly screenshot information on your PC.

Navigate to the Start menu on your PC, and type “snipping tool” to locate/run the app.


Once you run the app, you’ll see the following window populate.

The explanation of snipping options are as follows:

  • Free-form Snip – draw with your mouse around the area you wish to share
  • Rectangular Snip – select a rectangular area
  • Window Snip – a single click captures the entire area
  • Full-screen Snip – a single click captures the screen


Blaine Williams: As Support Operations Manager at Network 1, Blaine uses his drive and passion to serve others and engage, empower, and develop the future leaders of Network 1. He started with the company in the role of Desktop Engineer and worked his way up to his current role by being dedicated to providing uncompromising client and peer service.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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