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Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

From: Windows 7 Essential Training

Video: Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

On the occasion where you need to take a snapshot picture of your computer screen, whether it be to send to someone else or to save it as an image for example, there is a built-in tool here in Windows 7 that will allow you to do just that. It's called the Snipping tool. We're going to explore it right now. I'm going to use this file that you see here in the 04_04 subfolder of the Chap04 folder of my Exercise Files, but you can use any file you like. Let's say we want to share this with a Homegroup, and we've never done this before. Well, we would select the file, and then we go up to Share with and we would choose Homegroup, and want it to be a read-only file.

Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool

On the occasion where you need to take a snapshot picture of your computer screen, whether it be to send to someone else or to save it as an image for example, there is a built-in tool here in Windows 7 that will allow you to do just that. It's called the Snipping tool. We're going to explore it right now. I'm going to use this file that you see here in the 04_04 subfolder of the Chap04 folder of my Exercise Files, but you can use any file you like. Let's say we want to share this with a Homegroup, and we've never done this before. Well, we would select the file, and then we go up to Share with and we would choose Homegroup, and want it to be a read-only file.

So we'll choose Homegroup (Read). Now if you've never setup a homegroup, this is the message that you're going to see. This is the window that opens up. Well, I'm not sure what to do at this point. So here is a typical scenario for the Snipping tool. I call up tech support and say I don't know what to do. Here is the screen that's popping up in front of me. They might ask me to describe it, but a better option might be to take a picture of it, and just send it off to them. So we're going to do that now with our Snipping tool. We go down to the Windows Orb, and instead of navigating through All Programs, Accessories, etcetera, I like the type in the word snip, and you can see right at the top under Programs, there's my Snipping tool.

So I'm going to click that to launch the Snipping tool. I'm ready to start capturing parts of my screen, but before we do that, in the Snipping tool window you'll notice the New button is depressed, I am ready to create a new snip. I can cancel this whole operation, and change our Options. Let's go to Options first, so you know exactly what's about to happen. This instruction text is going to disappear, hide the instruction text, if I click this checkbox right now. So I'm not seeing the instruction text in my capture.

Now that doesn't include the entire window. It disappears temporarily while we capture a screen anyway, but we'll also include the instruction text. Always copy snips text to the Clipboard. That's going to happen when we select an area of our screen. It will be copied to our memory in computer, so we can paste it in other applications, or an e-mail for example. That's a good one to leave on. If we are capturing parts of a webpage, we are going to include the URL below the snip. That's a nice feature. People know exactly where we got the picture from.

It prompts us to save snips, if we try to exit without saving, we'll be prompted, if you like that leave it turned on, and Show screen overlay when Snipping tool is active. You'll see that in a moment what that looks like. You can also change the Ink color when you're actually highlighting an area of your snipped screen, and you can change the color, and let's go to Red. You might have red if you've ever used this before, but you can choose any color you like. You can even show that selection after the snips are captured, or you can choose to leave this unchecked in the area that you selected that ink will disappear.

So I am going to do that and click OK. Now I've got my Options set, I'm ready to create a new snip. There is different types of snips though. We can click the dropdown to see them. A Free-form Snip, when you select it, changes your mouse pointer into scissors. So you can actually select a free-form shape if you wanted to. I'm not going to do that one. For this particular example, a Rectangular Snip might be better. It will draw a box around the area we want to take a picture off. You can include a whole Window, or the entire screen.

Let's go do Rectangular Snip. Notice my mouse pointer changes to crosshairs, and this is the area here that I want to include. So I'm going to start in the top left corner just above this little icon representing Homegroups. When I click and start dragging, notice the color. It's red and my little window disappeared and when I let go, there it is. There is my capture. It appears in the Snipping tool window, and this is exactly what I'm about to save or send off to somebody else.

Here are my options on the toolbar to create another New Snip, to save this one and I can choose the location. It's already been copied to the clipboard automatically, so Copy doesn't matter at this instance, but look at this, I've got Send Snip as well. I can click the dropdown to send it to an E-mail Recipient. The image will appear in the e-mail, or if I prefer that image to be attached to the e-mail, I can choose this second option. If you were to do that, your default mail application will launch and the image that you see in front of you right now will be attached to that e-mail.

We're not going to do that. Notice we'll also have a Pen, so if we want to highlight a specific area we can use the Pen tool, and we can choose a color. I'm going to choose Red, and maybe the part that's confusing me is right here. So I'm going to just click-and-drag around it, and that becomes part of my image that I've saved. We also have a Highlighter, so if we want to highlight that as well maybe, just like you would using a Highlighter, click-and-drag over the text. And you can erase any of those things that you've added to the screen using the Eraser.

I've got a little spot up here maybe I don't want that, so I click-and-drag over it and it's gone. So if I try to close this right now, we know it's automatically going to ask me to save it. I'm going to click Save and down below it's going to be called Capture by default, and I'm going say that this is a HomeGroup Pic, and I can choose the type. Notice the different file types or graphic types I can save to. PNG set by default. I'm going to save this a GIF. That's a nice small file.

I'm going to be sending it by e-mail. JPEG's a little bit bigger, but better detail, and it could be saved as an HTML files, so a natural web graphic. I'm going to choose JPEG. Now I'm going to choose the location right here in Pictures in my Pictures library. When I click Save, I've now got that that image. So many options for taking a screen capture, and then saving or sending it off to other people, all thanks to the Snipping tool.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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