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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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