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How To Take a Screen Shot in Windows 7 or 8

by | Jan 30, 2014 | News | 0 comments

Windows 7 and Windows 8 have a built-in utility to take a picture of your screen. This can be useful when you want to send a picture of an error message to your tech. To find it in Windows 7, click on the Windows Start Menu. In the search bar, start typing “Snipping Tool” (with no quotes).

The tool will show up:


In Windows 8, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search. (If you’re not using a touch screen then point to the upper-right corner of the screen and click Search in the flyout). Type “Snipping Tool” (no quotes) in the search box, and then tap or click on Snipping Tool.

Click on the tool and it will open. When the program opens, the mouse cursor will turn into a cross. If it doesn’t then just click “New” and it will:

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Now hold down the left mouse button and drag the cross around the area of the screen that you want a picture of. When you let go of the mouse, the picture will pop up on your screen. Save the picture by clicking on the little icon of a floppy disc. Make note of where you save the file:


If you want to choose a different type of snip, other than a rectangular shape, or if you want a picture of the whole screen, then before you start dragging the cursor around the screen, click the little arrow next to “new” and choose:

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To close the utility and get your normal cursor back, just click the little red X:


Now you can attach the screenshot to an email just as you would any file.

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