Like Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 10 too includes the Snipping Tool which lets you take screenshots on Windows 10 computers. This Snipping Tool or SnippingTool.exe is located in the System32 folder, but it (shortcut) can also be accessed via the following location:
Snipping Tool for Windows 10
How to use Snipping Tool in Windows 10
The Snipping Tool allows you to take four different types of screenshots:
- Free-form Snip lets you draw and captures any irregular part of the screen
- Rectangular Snip will allow you to drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle
- Window Snip will let you select an open window, such as a browser window or dialog box and let you capture it
- Full-screen snip will capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.
Once you have changed the Settings to your requirements, you can click on New or Ctrl+PrtnScr to take captures.
TIP: When you capture a shot from a browser & save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from appearing, open Options and clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) checkbox.
Lets us have a look at ways to use the Snipping Tool in Windows 10, effectively:
- Capture screenshots in Windows 10
- Win+PrntScr keyboard shortcut
- How to create Snipping Tool Shortcut
- Open Snipping Tool using Hotkey
- Snipping Tool Keyboard shortcuts
- Capture Context Menu using Snipping Tool
- Set Time delays for screen captures using Snipping Tool
- Capture part of the screen using Hotkey
- Disable white overlay.
Capture screenshots in Windows 10
Search for Snipping Tool using the Taskbar Search icon and click on the result. The tool will open, and you will find yourself immediately on your desktop.
Win+PrntScr keyboard shortcut
Clicking on Win+PrntScr in Windows will let you capture the screenshot as per your settings. The image is automatically saved in your Pictures folder.
How to create Snipping Tool Shortcut
If you use it regularly, you can also create a Snipping Tool desktop shortcut to access it easily.
- Search for Snipping Tool using the Taskbar Search icon
- Right-click on the result and select Open file location
- In the folder that opens, locate Snipping Tool
- Right-click on it > Send to > Desktop
- The Snipping Tool shortcut will be created on your desktop.
Open Snipping Tool using Hotkey
If you are a frequent user of the Snipping Tool, you can create a hotkey for it. To do so open the System32 folder and right-click on SnippingTool.exe (or on its shortcut in the Program/Accessories folder). Select Properties. Here, you can set a hotkey for it. I have as an example selected F5. So to open the snipping tool, all I have to do next time is press F5.
Snipping Tool Keyboard shortcuts
- Alt+M – Choose a snipping mode
- Alt+N – Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one
- Shift+Arrow keys – Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area
- Alt+D – Delay capture by 1-5 seconds
- Ctrl+C – Copy the snip to clipboard.
Capture Context Menu using Snipping Tool
If you wish to capture screenshots of your context menu, start Snipping Tool and click on Esc. Next right-click on the desktop, file or folder and then press Ctrl+PrntScr. This will let you capture the right-click context menu. You can also capture the start menu using this trick.
Set Time delays for screen captures using Snipping Tool
The new Snipping Tool in Windows 10 now lets you set up to a 5-second delay to capture pop-up menus.
Capture part of the screen using Hotkey
In Windows 10 now, you can capture a part of your screen using a keyboard shortcut – WinKey+Shift+S. You can even create a desktop shortcut using the command
snippingtool /clip in the Location box.
Disable white overlay
When the Snipping Tool is open and active, a white overlay appears. If you want to turn it off, you can do so via its Options. Uncheck the option to Show screen overlay when Snipping Tool is active.
To save the image, you have to click on the Save Snip button An extra feature is that the full-screen shots are automatically saved in your Pictures folder.
If you wish to share a snip, you can click the Arrow on the Send Snip button, and then select an (email) option from the menu.
The Snipping Tool will not normally work on the start screen. You will be able to only capture the full start screen using the Win+PrntScr buttons and not a part of the start screen. If you click your allotted hotkey when on the start screen, your windows will automatically switch to the desktop mode with the snipping tool opened. But there is a trick to do so, which we will see a bit later!
If you are aware of any more tips or tricks for the Snipping Tool, please do share them in the comments section.
You may also want to check out our freeware Windows Screen Capture Tool that allows you to capture full screen, selected screen area, windows, webpages and more. You can also add watermarks to your captured screenshot or edit the image using its basic image editor.
UPDATE: Check out the new Microsoft Snip Screen Capture Tool.