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Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

One of my favorite accessories of all time in any version of Windows is the Snipping tool. We're going to take a look at it now in Windows 8.1, even though it still only runs in the old desktop environment. It can be very useful for capturing things on your screen, if you want to use the mouse where, say, in a document, for example. Let's start by going to the Desktop and getting something up on our screen, we'll double click the Exercise Files folder to open it up. And we'll open up one of you graphic files here in the old desktop environment. Let's right click veggies.

Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

One of my favorite accessories of all time in any version of Windows is the Snipping tool. We're going to take a look at it now in Windows 8.1, even though it still only runs in the old desktop environment. It can be very useful for capturing things on your screen, if you want to use the mouse where, say, in a document, for example. Let's start by going to the Desktop and getting something up on our screen, we'll double click the Exercise Files folder to open it up. And we'll open up one of you graphic files here in the old desktop environment. Let's right click veggies.

From here go down to Open with and we don't want to open it with Photos, because that will take us to our new environment in Windows 8.1. Let's open it us with the Window's Photo Viewer, which opens it up right here in our desktop environment. Now if we want to capture any part of the image or even the window itself, we can access the Snipping tool. Let's press the Windows key on the keyboard to go back to the Start screen and simply start to type in, snipe. Soon as you do, you'll see the only option here is Snipping Tool. We'll select it.

Again, it takes us back to our old desktop environment with this little window here, which we can move around. And it will not be captured or included in whatever we choose to capture. But here's where we go to Create a New Snip. Click the drop down to see that we can do a rectangular snip. So click and drag over the area we want to capture. A freeform, which is freehand. We could capture an entire window or the full screen. Everything we see on screen here, let's use rectangular snip, the default. As soon as we do, you can see everything is going to faded in the background.

And our most pointers turn into a cross hair. Let's say we want to select the top portion of this window and all the way across to the bottom of the image itself. I just want to be able to see those tools on the Menu bar and my image. And when I let go, there it is. The Snipping tool opens up with a Screen Capture in the background. And as you can see, this is an actual image I can save. I could copy it. It'll be in my Clip board so I can paste it elsewhere.

I can send this. When I send it off to somebody via email or as an attachment. I can do it directly from here. Before I do that, I might want to highlight certain areas. There's a highlighter. Anybody want to highlight the cabbage? Notice as I click and drag over it, I get that yellow tint. And maybe I want to highlight the Menu bar. I could also use a pen here, click the drop down to see that we have red, blue, black and custom pens. I'm going to go with a red pen and I'm going to draw an arrow.

This is all part of the snip now. And again I can save this by clicking Save. I can choose where it's going to go to. Pictures being the default. If I want to bring it to my Desktop I can do that. It's called Capture by Default. I'm going to click in there to highlight the word capture. So I can type right over it and give it my own file name. Image Viewer, notice the Save As type by default PNG but I could go to JIF, JPEG, even HTML format. If this is going to be used, say on a website, I'm going to go to JPEG and click Save.

It's now has been saved. Thanks to the Snipping tool. Let's close it up. And we'll close up our viewer. Let's say we want to capture something here. Well, we can access the Snipping tool if we know where to find it here, in the old desktop environment. Or, what I like to do is simply hit the Windows key so I can start typing snip. And go back to the Snipping tool, it'll launch. There's that little window. Let's say I want to do a freeform this time. Freeform snip means I'm going to be clicking and dragging my mouse which is a scissors icon now and let's say I just want to capture this corner.

Let go and you can see what I get in the background. All of those tools reappear. Maybe I don't like what I have. Create a new snip and start over. I'm just going to copy this so I can paste it where I need it. If you do draw anything or highlight anything on your screen, and you don't like it, there is an eraser as well. It allows you to erase the entire stroke by clicking and dragging. Let's close this up without saving. If there's ever anything on your screen. Maybe it's a file. Maybe it's a website.

Maybe it's a logo you've found. You can capture it with that snipping tool easily accessible from the Start screen but runs here in the old desk top environment, in Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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