How to Capture Your Screen with the Snip-It-Tool
Snip it tool is a versatile tool, although, very small, it can be used for some heavy duty jobs. Even though it is not as powerful as Snagit, it still has some very useful functions for different types of screen captures. The following stages are necessary with the snip it tool to capture an object on the screen:
1. Start the Snip tool
To start the process of capturing your screen, you need to open the Snipping tool. Get to your computer and start the main menu by clicking the start button. Next, go to all programs, select accessories and click on the snipping tool to open it. Alternatively, type the word “snipping tool” on the search box that appears at the bottom of the menu after clicking on the start button.
2. Select the screen capture type you wish to do
After opening the snip it tool, select the type of capture you want by clicking on the “New” button on your snipping tool. The “New” button will give you four options; the Free-Form Snip, the Rectangular Snip, the Windows Snip and the Full-screen Snip options.
Of course, there are many snipping options with the snipping tools to learn to use before you can make a
screenshot. Nevertheless, let’s focus on the four different types of snips you can perform easily using the snip it
tool. The first one is a Free-Form Snip option which basically connotes a free form capture option that draws a free-form shape around an object on the screen. This is a powerful option because it helps you to capture areas of the
screen that is not regular. With a Rectangular Snip (the second option), you only have to draw a line, or circle
or even a triangle around the subject to capture it.
The third is the Windows Snip option; this will allow you to capture a selected area of windows or even a dialog box,
which you wish to capture. The last type of snip is the Full-screen Snip option that will allow you to capture the entire screen. The larger your screen the larger your image will be. You have to be careful when snipping a
high-resolution screen as this could easily get out of hand.
3. Take the snip
After selecting snip it option you wish to do, it’s now time to take a screen capture. This is not a very
complicated job. First, draw a free-form shape around the screen or object you have selected to capture with the free-form snip option. Secondly, just move the cursor around the area you want to capture or drag the cursor around the screen to capture a rectangular snip. For the window snip option, select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, which you want to capture or capture the entire screen with a full-screen snip option.
4. Edit the capture
When you are done, the image will be transferred to the snip it tool editor. The snipping tool editor will let you perform some basic image editing, like pen tool, highlighting and erasing of something. If the result is satisfactory then you can send the image via email by using the email icon or by using the send menu option on the main menu. On the other hand, you can save it to you local drive for future use. You can save to some of the most popular image formats such as JPG, GIF, PNG, or Single File HTML (MHT).