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I decided to start writing a little mini-series about some of the coolest new features in Windows Vista. This will be the first in a series of short posts highlighting some of the best new features in Vista. In this post I will talk about the new Snipping Tool that was included in Windows Vista.
Many people have the need to take screen captures of part or all of their computer screens, in order to save some information or share it with others. In the past, most people used the print screen button or a screen capture tool like Snag-It. While I still use Snag-It, the Snipping Tool is very easy to use and is included for free as part of Windows Vista.
To start the Snipping Tool, click the start button and start typing snipping tool in the search box. Click Snipping Tool up top or just hit your enter button if it is highlighted. I have dragged a shortcut to my quick launch bar (you can see it below).
When you launch the Snipping Tool your screen will “ghost” out and the following dialog box will appear. You can ignore the dialog box and just drag your cursor around the area you want to capture.
If you want to choose different snipping options, select the arrow next to New.
This is the default, Rectangular Snip.
This is an example of a “Free Form” snip.
The Windows Vista Snipping Tool is great for quick snips. If you desire more advanced features like circling, highlighting, edging effects and LOTS more, you will need a more advanced screen capture tool like Snag-It. The capture below was taken with Snag-It and demonstrates some of these effects.
That’s it! Simple to use and pretty cool. Stay tuned, I will be posting again soon on “Features I Like” in Windows Vista.
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