Microsoft Snipping Tool

Microsoft Snipping Tool Free

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José Fernández Senior editor

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The Microsoft Snipping Tool is a reviewer's best friend. This is a little application that might go unnoticed, but I am telling you; it is a time-saver. This tool allows you to carry out a simple task: take screenshots of your screen. I know there is a button that reads something like Prt Scr in your keyboard and that it will take a screenshot of your screen and take it to the clipboard.
There is something better than that. When you activate the Snipping Tool, you can select a part of your screen with your mouse and it will be captured. That capture can either go to the clipboard or to a file. You can even select what type of file you want it to be saved to. I have to get screenshots of applications all the time, and pasting a screen capture into a graphics editor and then cropping it, all it takes me about a minute. I can do the same work in less than 2 seconds. Snipping Tool makes me more productive and that is always good. Microsoft Snipping Tools is a free application that comes with Windows Vista. If you don't have Windows Vista, you can get it if you have XP. The only way this application is distributed other than with Vista is with an Experience Pack for Windows XP, which I am linking here.


  • Comes built-in in Windows Vista.
  • It allows you to take screenshots easily.
  • Many different options.


  • You have to download it on a separate package if you don't have Vista.

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    Guest 10 months ago

    It only says that a component of a separate package. What package, where?

  • 0
    Guest Last year

    My snipping tool is still there, a feature of Windows 7 but it is not working in conjunction with the Internet. In fact, it is all greyed out (the area where screenshot can be framed) anytime the Internet is connected. But it works fine when not connected. Any idea what is happening here?

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      Guest 11 months ago

      I have the same problem. I even downloaded 2 other snipping tools (cobra and my snipping tool) and they do the same thing. It must be some security settings, but for the life of mine, I can't figure out how to fix it. Any help?

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    Guest Last year

    Pros: none.
    Cons: doesn't come with Vista - just Vista + more cash please.

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