I have learnt something new – there is a snipping tool in Windows 7 and 8

I know how to print screen, but I had no idea that there was a tool in Windows 8 (and 7) like on the Mac where you can select sections of the screen to copy, save, print. I have always gone through a complicated process of prt sc, paste and then crop the pasted section. Which is not necessarily a bad way to do things, but I am interested that there is another way.

The tool is listed under Windows accessories. In Win 8 you can get to it either by using the search or on the Start screen going down and along to the second set of Apps by name to the Windows accessories section. I have pinned it to my task bar and added a short cut to desktop and set a shortcut key combination to launch (instructions for both below).

Two ways to find the snipping tool video guidance:

How to use snipping tool:

How to create desktop shortcuts in Windows 8

First, from the “All apps” screen,  find the software you want to create desktop shortcuts for. On the icon, slide your finger from the top down, then click “Open file location.” (If you’re using a mouse, right-click the mouse on the icon, then click “Open file location.”)

Next, press and hold down the icons of the software you’d like to create shortcuts for (with your finger), then click “Send to,” and click “Desktop (create shortcut).” (If you’re using a mouse, right-click the mouse on the software icon, then click “Send to,” and click “Desktop (create shortcut).”)

Now, on your Desktop, you will be able to see the shortcut icon for the application. This method is only applicable for software in the desktop mode not for the Windows apps on the Start screen.

Instructions from: http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2820848

How to create a shortcut key combination

Right click on the shortcut icon on the desktop then select properties, which will bring up the box shown below. If it is not already showing click on the shortcut tab at the top of the box. In the shortcut key box it will say ‘None’. To change that, type a letter (you can’t delete the None) and the box changes to Ctrl+Alt+the letter you have typed. I opted for Ctrl+Alt+I as I felt that was a bit like a slash for cutting.



I’ve given instructions for Windows 8 as that is what I have but this tool is also available in Windows 7.

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