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How to take a screenshot using snipping tool in Windows 10 / 11

This is a quick step-by-step guide to taking screenshots in Windows 10 / 11.

Overview: Screenshots in Windows 10 / 11

If you contact our support team they may ask you to take a screenshot, as they can be used by our support technicians to diagnose any issues you may be experiencing.

Taking screenshots in Windows is a common task performed by many users. It’s useful for demonstrating a problem, capturing an image, or even creating a tutorial.

Windows App – Snipping Tool

One of the easiest tools for this purpose is the Snipping Tool, which is built into every version of Windows. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the Snipping Tool to take a screenshot.

Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool

The first step is to open the Snipping Tool. You can do this in several ways, such as searching for it in the Start menu or using the shortcut (press the Windows key + Shift + S). Once the Snipping Tool is open, you’ll see a small toolbar.

Step 2: Choose Your Screenshot Type

There are four options to choose from in the Snipping Tool:

  • Free-form Snip: draw any shape with your mouse or touchpad to select a portion of the screen
  • Rectangular Snip: draw a rectangle to select a portion of the screen
  • Window Snip: select a window, such as a web browser or application
  • Full-screen Snip: capture the entire screen

Select the type of snip you want to take by clicking on the corresponding button on the toolbar in the Snipping Tool window.

Step 3: Capture the Screenshot

Once you’ve chosen the type of snip you want to take, you’ll see a new screen with your selection tool (cursor or touchpad). Drag the selection tool over the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button or lift up on the touchpad to capture the screenshot.

Step 4: Save Your Screenshot

After taking a screenshot, you can annotate it, save it as an image file, or copy and paste it into another application such as Microsoft Word or an email. If you want to save your screenshot as an image, click the “Save” button on the toolbar and save the file to your desired location.

Conclusion

The Snipping Tool is a simple yet powerful utility in Windows, making it easy to capture screenshots of any size or shape. With this guide, you’ll be able to create and save screenshots in no time.

Updated on April 25, 2023

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