How to: Use Snipping Tool in Windows 10

Snipping Tool is a free small utility developed by Microsoft that is used to capture screen shots in a free form snip, rectangular snip, window snip and can also be used to capture full screen snip. You can take almost any type of screen shot with it, my favorite is the rectangular snip which allows me snip custom area that i need for my work, and it’s the one tool that i use heavily on this site to add images to my guides. These snips can be annotated using your mouse, and can be saved in many formats that includes (PNG, GIF and JPEGs). Once the snip is taken it is automatically copied to the clipboard.

In this guide; i will walk you through the steps to create a snipping tool shortcut on the Windows 10 desktop.

Snipping Tool in Windows 10

There are many ways to run Snipping Tool in Windows 10 but the easiest of all is to create a short cut on the desktop so you can access it anytime you want.

Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the run dialog, type the following file location.

C:\windows\system32\

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Then Click or Press OK. Once done, it will take you to the Window Explorer listing all the files in c:\windows\system32\ – From here, Click on any file once to highlight it and then repeatedly press the S key until you see the file called SnippingTool.exe

Snipping Tool

You should now have the snipping tool visible on your Desktop. You can use it by double clicking on it.

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