The Snipping Tool – One of Life’s Essentials

The Snipping Tool – One of Life’s Essentials


Sometimes the easiest way to make a copy of something is to take a snapshot of your screen—this is what Snipping Tool does. Snipping tool is a well-hidden tool that has been around for many years, but most Windows users do not know that the operating system is pre-equipped with this handy tool.

The Snipping Tool is a program that allows you to take screenshots; you can capture part or all of your PC screen, add notes, save the snip, copy and paste it or email it right from the
Snipping Tool window.

Granted, there are a lot of programs out there, free and paid versions, that offer screenshots as a function of their programs, but the Snipping Tool has unique benefits.

Unique Benefits of Snipping Tool

  1. Snippets

    Sometimes you don’t want an entire screen shot. Sometimes you just want a “snippet”. This tool allows you to take a “snip” of only a small portion of the or just one particular object instead of the whole screen.

  2. Online Forms

    Have you ever filled out a form online and wanted a copy just in case you didn’t get a receipt or confirmation with all the details? Or how about when you’re submitting a question or an on-line trouble ticket to a company? Sometimes trying to print from a web page can be difficult. The Snipping Tool is a great way to make a copy for documentation.

  3. Versatility

    The beauty of the Snipping Tool is that you can copy onto a word doc (or Excel etc.), or you can save it as a jpg. You can snip full-screens (including your toolbars), snip a window, snip in a rectangle or snip free-form. There are multiple ways to use the tool.

  4. Create jpg images for social media

    Making .jpg pictures is another great use of the Snipping Tool. Here’s a simple example. You want to send a congratulations message in a visual format. You’re not a graphic artist, so you probably open Word, click on “insert – clip art”, search for just the right smiley face, and add a call out to it. Cute, huh? Now what? Yes, you can send this document as an attachment in an email or you could copy both images straight into the email. But you want to shout it from Facebook. Hmmm. What to do, what to do?

    You try saving it as a pdf but find you can’t upload a pdf to Facebook either. What you CAN do though is use your handy dandy Snipping Tool. Outline the image and save it as a jpg. Now, you can upload your image to Facebook and share your magnificent artwork with the world.

  5. Convert pdfs to jpgs for social media

    Use the Snipping Tool to take an entire pdf flyer and turn it into a jpg so you can share it on social media!

  6. Add depth to your presentations

    Now that you’re a whiz at snipping add jpg images to your presentations with ease.


  • Create new screen snip or open image file.
  • Mark up images with pen, pencil, or highlighter.
  • The drawing canvas supports zooming and inking in the margins.
  • Save, copy to clipboard, or share your creation.
  • Quickly capture screen snips or screenshots
  • Mark up images with ink
  • Easily share your annotated content

Carrie Braun is a former Middle School Teacher with a bachelors and master’s degree from Wright State University and is currently working on her Human Resource degree at Rhodes State College. Carrie is currently a Training and Development Specialist for TTechT implementing hands on training through the Microsoft Immersion Experience.

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