The other day, I was browsing the photography forums and came across someone talking about using this very simple and FREE screenshot tool called… The Snipping Tool. You can find this tool in Windows 10 as well as in earlier versions of the operating system (e.g., Windows 8.1 and Windows 7).
Although I use SnagIt for all of my screen capture needs, I thought I would pass this along just in case you didn’t know about it and wanted to add a free tool to your e-Learning Toolkit.
What can I capture?
You can capture any of the following types of “snips”:
- Free-form Snip: Draw free-form shapes around an object
- Rectangular Snip: Drag your cursor around an object to form a rectangle
- Window Snip: Select a window (browser or dialog box) you want to capture
- Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen
After you capture something, you can use annotation tools (Pen, Highlighter) to mark it up and highlight things. If you make a mistake, you can use the Eraser tool. After you’re done marking up your capture, you can save as a .png, .gif and/or .jpg. If you take a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, you can choose to include or exclude the URL address that appears on your capture.
Exploring the Snipping Tool Interface
Here is a quick overview of the interface (shown above):
- Select the type of snip you want to capture (e.g., free-form, rectangular)
- Set capture delay (up to 5 seconds)
- Save the capture as a .png, .gif, .jpg or as a single HTML file
- Copy the capture (you can then paste it into your document)
- E-mail to a recipient (you can insert the capture as an attachment or an inline image)
- Pen tool (Offers red, blue, black or you can select a custom color)
- Highlighting tool (offers yellow only)
- Eraser tool
Where is it?
Click Start and type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar.