Windows 7 Snipping Tool

Kent, Deborah -


The Windows 7 Snipping Tool is a great way to capture items on your screen.  After the capture, you can highlight parts of the selection, copy it to another document, save it or send it by email.

  • Go to the screen that you want to capture
  • To open the Snipping Tool, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Snipping Tool              
  • The screen will look will look grayed out.
  • Using your mouse, select the part of the screen that you want to capture.  Then let go of the mouse.


  • To Copy the selection to a file, click Edit; select Copy.  Or… click the Copy icon, which is the third icon from the left.  Open the file and paste.
  • To Save the selection, click the Save icon.  Give te selection a name, choose the location to save and then click Save.


Before you copy or save, you may want to:

  • Highlight certain parts of the selection.  To do that, click the Highlighter icon (looks like an actual highlighter) 6th icon from the left…and then use that to highlight.
  • If you would like to send the selection through email, click the Send Snip icon (4th from the left, looks like an envelope with a paper clip on top).  This process puts the snip into an email. 
  • If you wish to draw on the snip, click the Pen icon (5th icon from the left)
  • If you wish to erase anything that you’ve drawn or highlighted, click the Eraser icon (7th icon… the last one.)
Have more questions? Submit a request


Article is closed for comments.
Powered by Zendesk