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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    mid north coast Australia NSW

    Snipping tool

    There's a nifty little tool in Windows 7 (and, I believe, in Vista also) that makes it really easy to do screen shots. It's called Snipping Tool and can be found in the Accessories folder. To use it, you draw a cropping frame around the area of the screen you want to capture and you then have the option to save it in png, gif, jpeg, or html formats, copy it to another application, or e-mail it. It also has pen, highlighting, and eraser tools that can be used on the screen capture.

  2. #2
    Good tip, Maggie. For the Macintosh there's a similar tool. Shift-Command-4 gives you a crosshair cursor. Drag it out to cover the area you want to capture, let go of the mouse button and the picture is on your desktop! I use it to capture anything I find for inspiration, a fav layout to scraplift, colors on a website, etc. The files saved are pngs.

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    Thanks for the tip Maggie. I just got a new laptop with Win7 in it, and I have seen the scissors in the startup menu but haven't tried them yet because I wasn't sure what the scissors did. I assumed that they were there to 'cut something' lol. The fact that the cut portion of the screenshot can be modified immediately makes the tool worth using to me!

  4. #4
    Great tip Maggie! I still have XP on my dino but I've got a cute little program called Capture Wiz that captures anything including videos and recordings. Nifty little program for those that don't have Win 7.

  5. #5
    You gals are so smart! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Michigan. USA
    Yep, it's there in Vista! Thanks so much! I never knew!

  7. #7
    I totally forgot about this thread~I have been using SnagIt9 to do screen shots. It sounds like this does the same thing as the snipping tool. I could use the sticky notes Lone, thanks for the reminder. I didn't really explore when I bought my laptop LOL.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    OH, USA
    I love the sticky notes too!

  9. #9


    Thank you for your answer. I have been downloading/ workin with SnapIt
    and like it so far though it is a little more complicated at the beginning.
    There is another tool like that named Scoty. The review says it has 9,5
    Stars of 10. The good thing is it is free. Will try out both and see what I
    like more.

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