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Snipping Tool: Tips and Tricks to Capture Screenshots



As with Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 11/10, and Windows 11 as well come with Windows 11 and the Snipping Tool which allows you to take screenshots of the Windows 11/10 computers. This tool, also known as SnippingTool.exe is located within the System32 folder, however, it (shortcut) is also located in the following location:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

But, if you’ve installed it through Microsoft Store, you may not be able to locate that exact place. It’s irrelevant as it’s available immediately via shortcuts or when you type in your Start Menu.

How to use Snipping Tool in Windows 11/10

The Snipping Tool permits you to capture four distinct kinds of photos:

  1. Free-form Snip allows you to draw and capture any odd part of the screen
  2. Rectangular Snip allows you to move the cursor over an object to create an elongated rectangle
  3. Window Snip lets you choose an unclosed window like the browser’s window or dialogue box and allow you to record it
  4. Full-screen Snip will cover the whole screen when you choose this kind of snip.

After you have adjusted the settings to meet your needs After that, you can select the New button and the shortcut Ctrl+PrtnScr to capture images. This only works if you select the Snipping tool to be the default browser. Otherwise, you can invoke it using Windows + Shift +.

TIP If you record an image from a web browser and save it to an HTML file the URL is displayed below the snip. To stop the URL from showing, click Options and then clear your Include URL below snippets (HTML just) checkbox.

Let’s examine ways to use the Snipping Tool on Windows 11/10 successfully. Listed below are some helpful instructions to use the tool:

  1. Capture screenshots using Windows 11/10
  2. Keyboard shortcut Win+PrntScr
  3. How do you create a Snipping Tool Shortcut
  4. Open Snipping Tool using Hotkey
  5. Snipping Keyboard shortcuts for the Tool
  6. Capture Context Menu with Snipping Tool
  7. Set Time delays for screen captures using Snipping Tool
  8. Capture a portion of the screen with Hotkey
  9. Remove the white overlay.

This is applicable to every user account.

1. Capture screen shots with Windows 11/10

Find Snipping Tool by using the Taskbar Search icon and clicking on the result. The tool will launch and you’ll find it instantly on your computer screen.

2. Keyboard shortcut Win+PrntScr

When you press Win+PrntScr within Windows will allow you to capture the image in accordance with your settings. The screenshot is saved automatically to Your Pictures folder.

3. How do you create Snipping Tool Shortcut

In Windows 10:

If you are a regular user then you can create a Snipping Tool desktop shortcut to make it easy to access.

  1. Find Snipping Tool by using the Taskbar Search icon
  2. Right-click the result and choose Open the File Location
  3. Within the folder that is opened in the folder, look for Snipping Tool.
  4. Right-click on it > Send to > Desktop
  5. This Snipping Tool shortcut will be added at your workstation.
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4. Open Snipping Tool using Hotkey

If you’re a frequent user of the Snipping Tool, you can make the keystroke to use it. To do this, open your System32 folder, and then right-click SnippingTool.exe (or on its shortcut within the folder Program/Accessories). Select Properties. Here, you can create the hotkey. For example, set F5. In order to launch the tool for snipping the only thing I need to do is hit F5.

5. Keyboard shortcuts for Snipping Tool

  • Alt+M – Select the cutting mode
  • Alt+N – Create another cut in the same manner as the one you created the previous
  • Shift+Arrow keys – Move your cursor to choose a rectangular snipping area
  • Alt+D – Delay capture for 1-5 seconds
  • Ctrl+C Copy the snippet into the clipboard.

6. Capture Context Menu by using the Snipping Tool

If you’d like to capture screenshots of your menu context, start Snipping Tool and then click the Esc button. Then, right-click on the desktop, file, or folder, and click the keys Ctrl+PrntScr. This will allow you to capture the context menu that appears when you right-click. You could also record the start menu by using this method.

7. Set Time delays for screen captures using Snipping Tool

The brand new Snipping Tool menu on Windows 11/10 allows you to create an up to 10-second delay to record pop-up menus. In the past, it was accessible between 1 to 5 seconds but no longer.

8. Capture a portion of the screen by using Hotkey

For Windows 10 and Windows 11 currently, it is possible to capture a portion of your screen with a keyboard shortcut: Windows Key+Shift+S. You can also create a shortcut for your desktop with the command the snipping tool or /clip within the location box.

9. Disable the white overlay

If you open the Snipping Tool and it is in use an overlay will appear which is white in color. If you wish to switch it off you can do this through the Options. Check the box to show a screen overlay whenever Snipping Tool is in use.

In order to save an image, You must select to click on the Save Snip button. A further benefit is that full-screen photos are saved automatically in the Pictures folder.

If you’d like to send a snippet then select the icon on the Snip button, and then choose the (email) choice from the drop-down menu.

The Snipping Tool does not typically work with the screen that starts. It is possible to capture the entire start screen by pressing the Win+PrntScr keys but not a portion of the screen. If you press the hotkey that you are assigned to on the screen that opens, the windows will be automatically switched to desktop mode and the snipping tool in use.

It is also possible to try a free software Windows Screen Capture tool from “The Windows Club” that lets you capture the entire screen, specific screen areas windows, web pages, and much more. You can also apply watermarks on your screenshot or alter the image with its basic editing tool.

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How do I create a Snipping Tool Shortcut?

Find Snipping Tool using the Taskbar Search icon, right-click on the result, then select Open the location of the file; within the folder that appears you can find Snipping Tool, Right-click on it and select Send to Desktop the Snipping Tool shortcut will be placed on your computer desktop.

Which is your shortcut to Snipping Tool?

The Snipping Tool shortcuts to take Screenshots can be used as Win+Shift +S. It opens the Snip & Draw tool immediately. It then lets you select between the various selection areas provided through Snip’s Snip Toolbar i.e. the freehand windows, rectangles as well as full-screen. If you’d like to create your own shortcut key you can make an additional shortcut to the tool and assign it a brand new hotkey.

How do I access the Snipping Tools options?

When you press the shortcut, it activates the tool for taking screenshots If you wish to modify the feature it is necessary to locate it. When you press the button to start, then click on the search bar and enter the Snipping Tool to locate it. When it is found, you can launch the tool. After that, you can adjust options like delays, mode of default, and so on.

Can I take a screen shot of the streaming websites?

Certain streaming services like Netflix can turn their screen black when someone attempts to take a photo. However, some services, like Amazon Prime don’t offer any limitations.

If you have additional tips or tricks for the Snipping Tool do share them in the comment section.

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