How to use Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool

The dictionary definition of the word Snipping is to cut something with scissor or like objects, stroke or put succession strokes with similar objects.  This definition is just for general knowledge and not applicable to the computer knowledge. However, for computer knowledge the term used for snipping is Use SNIPPING TOOL.


Snipping tool is software that is used to cut or put strokes or succession strokes to any objects in the computer. Snipping tool is a tool that is used to take screenshots of almost anything i.e. an open window, rectangular areas, free-form areas or the entire screen. Snipping tool along with screenshot allows us for basic editing of the images with different pen color, eraser, and highlighter.  You use this tool not only to screenshot objects but also snip of any objects on your screen and annotate, save or share the images.

In the earlier days, the traditional method of taking screenshots was to use the Print Screen key on the keyboard which captures the whole screen and then it was upon the user to edit those screen shot and isolate that area in the image that actually was needed by the user. Editing and isolating were done with the help of the Software like Paint or Photoshop. But Introduction of Snipping tool in the Windows Vista and later version of Windows proved too be a boon for many users, as it had the entire feature in the single software. You can take screenshots, also snip in that screenshot and edit the screenshot.

Features of Snipping Tool | Use Snipping Tool

Snipping tool is an attractive tool due to its various features.

1. It is a powerful tool.

2. It is available free of cost.

3. It allows you to take screenshot of specific part on the screen rather than the entire screen.

4. It saves time and efforts.

5. It is great for beginners.

6. It holds some basic functions that a screenshot tool should have.

7. It does require us to open addition software like Paint or Photoshop.

8. It is helpful and very convenient to use.

This was a brief description regarding introduction of Snipping tool. What snipping tool is and what are their features. Further let us go to detailed knowledge of Snipping tool.

Where Do we Find or Access Snipping Tool? | Use Snipping Tool

Snipping tool is an in-built feature in Window 7, window 8 and window 10. Snipping tool will be found by default in the start menu of the Windows.

In Windows 7, Snipping tool will be found in the default start menu.

  • Click on the start menu.
  • Click on All programs
  • Select Accessories
  • Click on Snipping tool.

In Window 8, Snipping tool too will be found in the default start menu.

  • Click on the down arrow in the bottom-left corner.
  • Swipe downwards and search for Apps View.
  • Select Snipping tool.

In Window 10, Snipping tool will be found

  • Click on the Start.
  • Select All Apps.
  • Choose Window accessories.
  • Select Snipping Tool.

The most convenient and the best way to find Snipping Tool is to search in the search program option.

Different Ways to Open Snipping Tool in your Device:

There are three different ways to open Snipping tool which are explained with steps below:

1. Going through the Start menu.

  • Click on the Start.
  • Select All Apps.
  • Choose Window accessories.
  • Select Snipping Tool.

2. Open by searching in the search program.

  • Click on Start.
  • In the search option type Snip
  • Click on Snipping tool

3. Run command:

  • Press Window + R.
  • Enter “snipping tool”
  • Click OK.

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