Snipping Tool

Dear Computer Lady,

A friend of mine sent me a site WildEarth pertaining to Africa and wild animals where there are web cams at feeding holes etc. and she uses what she call the snipping tool to capture pictures and then print. She said to go to start hit search and it would bring up where I could type in snipping tool to get it, I do not have the option of typing this in and was wondering if windows xp has this, did not want to have to pay for a program so was wondering if you know where this would be.
Thanks, Donna


Dear Donna,

The snipping tool is a program that Microsoft has included Windows Vista, and Windows 7. I don’t believe that it is available in Windows XP.

The Snipping Tool is a nice little program. You open the program, draw a box around the part of the screen that you want to take a picture of, and it automatically copies it to the clipboard, and opens a window that allows you to add notes to your picture and save it, or even send it in an email.

I have not used the snipping tool much, I have used a program called, SnagIt for quite a few years and it has more advanced features.

Since you are using Windows XP, you can still use some of the built in tools to do the same thing that your friend is doing.

When you have an image on your screen that you want to save, press the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. This will copy an image of your entire desktop onto the clipboard. Then just open your favorite image editing program (I like the free program, Irfanview) and past the image there. Once you have pasted your image, you can crop it, or make any changes you want before saving it.


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    • whitekat1964
    • March 18, 2010

    Using Print Screen is useful, but if you only want to copy and paste the active window instead of the entire desktop, press and hold Alt and then hit Print Screen (and then release both keys), and proceed as above. This way you may not need to crop the image at all. I use two monitors, so I use Alt + Print Screen all the time.

    • apdeyoung
    • March 18, 2010

    There is a free program that works like the Snipping tool int Vista or Windows 7. It is MWSnap and can be downloaded at:

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