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Snipping Tool - How to access and use it

The Snipping Tool is great for capturing pictures and text anywhere on the internet, your documents, desktop, or absolutely anything you can think on your computer!!!  Very useful!

  1. Click on the “Start” button
  2. Type “Snipping Tool” without the quotations in the “Start Search” box
  3. When it appears above, click on “Snipping Tool

If you can't get the "Snipping Tool", it might be because it's one of the Vista Features that hasn't been turned on yet.  In order to enable it:

  1. Click on "Start" button.
  2. Click on "Control Panel"
  3. Under "Programs and Features" (at the top) click on "Turn Windows features on or off"
  4. Once all the features show up in the Windows Features box (it takes a few seconds), scroll down to "Tablet PC Optional Components" and click in the box to make sure that it is checked.
  5. Click OK at the bottom and follow the steps above to access the Snipping Tool.

How to use the Snipping Tool

  1. When the little “Snipping Tool” windows appears, your screen will become milky
  2. Click on the little dropdown arrow beside the word “New” and choose the type of snip you want by clicking on it
  3. Outline the image you want to capture with your mouse.  As soon as you do that, a new dialogue box pops up where you can edit the picture, send by email or save it
  4. To save it, click “File”, then “Save as
  5. Where is says “Save as type”, you now have the option of saving as a PNG, Gif or JPEG file in the dropdown list
  6. Where it says “File name:” change the name of your file to something more meaningful to you
  7. Navigate to the folder of your choice (larger window above “File name:”
  8. Click “Save” and you’re done!


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How to find the Snipping Tool and use it