Ask Dave Taylor: Easy Way to Take Screen Captures


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By Dave Taylor

The Question:

A while back you wrote about how to use the PrtScrn and MS Paint to capture or grab screen images in Microsoft Windows, but there’s an easier way, Dave, a utility included in Windows 7 called Snippet Tool. You should definitely check it out and share it with everyone!

Dave’s Answer:

You’re absolutely right and thanks for bringing that to my attention. It’s hard to keep up on what’s new when you’re stuck in a rut. The Snippet Tool is definitely easier, but it’s still not quite accomplishing what I seek which is to have a tool that with no more than one or two keystrokes takes a screen shot and saves it to disk for later editing or modification. Yes, there are third party tools, but at $50 or more, they’re all rather astonishingly expensive, particularly when compared to the built-in screen capture capability of Mac OS X.

Anyway, I’m not going to whinge about the differences between Mac and Windows. There’s not much value to that and more likely than not, if you’re reading this blog entry it’s because you already have a Windows system and don’t want to hear yet another Mac fanboy extoll the virtues of “that other OS”. I get it. 🙂

So let me show you how to work with Snippet Tool to facilitate taking screen grabs the next time you find yourself needing a capture or two.

First step is to launch the utility. Easiest way is to type “snipping” into the search box in the Windows 7 Start menu, then press Enter or Return:

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