Snipping Tool for Windows

Snipping Tool is an in-built screenshot tool with Microsoft Windows Vista and subsequent versions of the operating system. It is possible to take a still image of an open window, a rectangle of a free-form region, or the entire screen.


Snips can then be annotated with a mouse or a tablet saved as a PNG, GIF, or JPEG image file or sent as an MHTML file. With multiple colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter, the Snipping Tool enables rudimentary image editing of the photograph.



Snipping Tool is an application that has been included in Windows for a long time and whose purpose is to supply us with screenshots on our computer. Although there are Windows Vista versions that work, the truth is that many people have never used or even heard of it.


It allows you to easily snap screenshots in various ways on your screen and save, copy, highlight, and share the image.

Printscreen, for example, is a key on most keyboards that allows you to copy the whole desktop at the stroke of a button (prt sc). This operation copies an image to the Windows clipboard that covers the full desktop. Screenshots can also be taken using certain keyboard combinations, such as hitting Alt + Prt sc simultaneously.



We often only need to replicate a tiny portion of the desktop, a certain window, or even a place with an irregular shape that we designate. The Snipping Tool can help in this situation.


How to find the Snipping Tool in Windows

The application should be in the Windows Accessories collection, but if you can’t locate it or want to discover it quickly, type “snipping tool” into the application finder or search bar. We can type it in the lower search bar of Cortana on Windows 10 or 7. The software with the identifying icon should display at the top of the screen right away.


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The user interface for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 differs slightly from that of Windows 7. The Windows 10 Snipping Tool features the Mode and Delay buttons, which are not available in the Windows 7 Snipping Tool.


If we have trouble finding the application, as appears to be the case at times, it may appear if we search for it in English. You could search with the term “SnippingTool” for this.


Another option is to go to the Windows Start Menu, open the Accessories folder, and then click on the Snipping Tool shortcut, as shown below:

In Windows 10, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Snipping Tool, or in Windows 7, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Snipping Tool.