How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

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How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista and Windows 7
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This tutorial will show you how to use the 'Snipping Tool' to select an area of an on-screen image for use in other programs and applications.
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista and Windows 7

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This tutorial will show you how to use the 'Snipping Tool' to select an area of an on-screen image for use in other programs and applications.


1) In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the 'Vista Snipping Tool' to select an area of an on-screen image for use in other programs and applications. The image I have chosen for this example is found in the 'Sample Pictures' folder, and is the 'Toco Toucan'. The first image shows the full picture, and this example will show you how to select the Toucan from the picture. For details on how this image was inserted into the tutorial, refer to the footnote at the end.


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2) With the screen showing the image from which you wish to make your selection, you need to invoke the 'Snipping Tool'. To do this, click the start orb and type 'Snipping Tool' into the search box.
NOTE: The Snipping Tool is not available in the Vista Home Basic edition. This is a part of the Tablet PC Optional Components in Vista only, and is turned on in Windows Features by default in Vista.

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3) In the 'Programs' section of the results panel, click this item and the initial tool will appear. Note that you can move this tool around the screen so that it does not obstruct the area you are interested in. Note also that the rest of the screen is dimmed. This image shows the tool over a section of the 'Waterfall', another image from the 'Sample Pictures' folder. I chose that image here because I felt that the 'Toco Toucan' image was too green to show the effect of the dimmed screen.

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4) You may change the type of snip by clicking on the downward pointing arrow on the 'New' button. Here I have selected the 'Rectangular Snip'.

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If you want to take a screen capture of just a single window, use the the Window Snip selection to automatically pick a window to get snipped.


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5) The default setting for the 'Snipping Tool' is to have a red band around the snip (you can change the colour of this band if you wish). I have turned this option off for this tutorial, but to illustrate this option, the next 2 images show this effect, firstly enabled and secondly disabled. Note that it still appears whilst you are selecting the snip so that you know what you are selecting. This option is found under 'Snipping Tools Options (click the 'Options' button to open this dialogue box. The option you require is 'Show selection ink after snips are captured'.

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6) Next, click on the image and drag the red band so that it encompasses the section of the image that you are interested in. Note that this portion of the image will be highlighted. When you release the mouse button, the following screen will appear.

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7) Click on the save icon (the picture of a floppy disk) and select a file name and location for the file. You can then use the image created for whatever purpose you require. The rest of this tutorial will show you how to attach this image to a post for submitting to the forums.

8) When you submit a post to the forums, you do so by entering the text of your post into the message box.

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9) If you look at the toolbar in this image, you will see an icon in the form of a paperclip (highlighted in green above). It is this option that you select in order to manage images. This is the initial display of this screen before images are added.

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10) In the section 'Upload File from your Computer', click 'Browse...' next to the first available slot and locate the required file. This file will appear in the address box as illustrated by the first of the next two images. Although this example shows just a single file, you can browse and locate up to 4 files at a time. When you have done, click 'Upload' to transfer these files to the forum servers, the result of which is indicated in the second of these two images. You can then repeat the procedure to add more files if needed. Obviously, your list of files will be different to mine.

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11) When you have finished uploading files, click on 'Close this window' to return to the main message box.

12) When you wish to insert an uploaded image into your post, click on the paperclip again and select the required image from the drop down list. The image will be inserted at the current cursor position, and will be shown as

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where 'XXXX' is a unique reference number allocated to your image by the forum servers. As this tutorial is about selecting the Toucan, the final image shows the result.

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If you upload a lot of attachments and want to them to all appear in a row, then you can use the Insert All link at the bottom of the attachments


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FOOTNOTE: This section shows how the original image was inserted in to this Tutorial.

13) Upload your image files as described above. Notice the list of 'Current Attachments' in the 2nd image at step 10. Right-click on the required attachment and select 'Copy Shortcut' from the menu that appears.

14) Referring to the image in step 8, click on the 'Insert Image' icon (highlighted in blue). The following dialogue box appears.
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15) Delete the contents of the text box ("http://"), and in its place paste the shortcut created in step 13.

16) When you wish to insert this image into your post, it is a similar procedure to inserting normal attachments as described in step 12, except that you click on the 'Insert Image' icon instead. Again, the image will be inserted at the current cursor position, and will be shown as "
", where 'ADDRESS' is the shortcut to the image created in steps 13 to 15.

17) This resizes the image so that it fits the post, but when the image is clicked on the full image is shown. Click and hold to move the image, click and release to return to the post.
 
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Hi Ilya,

You need to have the Tablet PC service running to access the snipping tool.

You may have turned it off as it's a big program (731mb).
Try checking under Control Panel>Uninstall a program>Turn Windows Features on or off.

If you do not wish to have the Tablet PC program installed and running just to use the snipping tool, you could try Faststone Capture53 - it's free and in my opinion, better than the snipping tool - it's only 1.4mb.

FastStone Capture 5.3 - eSnips, share anything

Hope it helps

SIW2









Thanx for the link. How do you check weather its installed or not??
Is this progrram as just as good as Snipping Tool??
 
Hi Silverhair,

Once Fastone is installed, click on the shortcut and a rectangular menu appears at the top right of your screen.

Click the third icon from the right on the menu ( a dotted rectangle) - a cross appears - click one corner of what you are trying to capture, then drag the cross to the opposite corner of your target and click again.

The area you have selected immediately appears in a new window - click Save at the top right, Browse to the location you want to save it in ( your pictures folder, for example ).

Give it an name if you wish ( where it says Object name), and if you wish , choose whether to save it as any of the image types available in the drop down menu ( default is jpeg, which is fine for most uses). Then click Save.

There are lots of other things it can do if you explore the various options.

Hope it helps

SIW2
 
Hi Ilya,

It's in a zip file, so you need to right click it and click "extract all"

Then right click and select run as administrator on the setup.exe file.

When it has installed , it will create a desktop shortcut and an entry in the All Programs list in your Start menu.

You can just run it from the shortcut like any program.

I much prefer it to the the snipping tool - when you use it for a while, it's surprising what it can do for such a small program.

I use it a lot, so I dragged the desktop shortcut to the quick launch bar.

There is a tutorial here, I just found out what it did by trial and error

http://www.faststone.org/FSCTutorial.htm

SIW2
 
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Hi Ilya,

It's in a zip file, so you need to right click it and click "extract all"

Then right click and select run as administrator on the setup.exe file.

When it has installed , it will create a desktop shortcut and an entry in the All Programs list in your Start menu.

You can just run it from the shortcut like any program.

I much prefer it to the the snipping tool - when you use it for a while, it's surprising what it can do for such a small program.

I use it a lot, so I dragged the desktop shortcut to the quick launch bar.

SIW2
I meant the "Snipping Tool"?
 
I meant the "Snipping Tool"?

  • Left click on Windows Start Orb
  • Left click All Programs
  • Left Click Accessories Folder
  • Right click 'Snipping Tool'
You can then make your choice of where you want to access it from;

  • Open
  • Add to Quick Launch
  • Send to Desk Top
  • Pin to Start Menu
Your choice....
 
Thanks Dwarf.. but how do you use the "copy" function in Snipping.. I thought you could do a copy and paste.

Please give me an example of how the copy function is used

thanks, Ken
 
Hi Ken,

The following should explain the use of this button:
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Obviously, to turn this option back on, you will need to check the above mentioned option.
 
Hi Ken,

The following should explain the use of this button:
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Obviously, to turn this option back on, you will need to check the above mentioned option.
Hi Dwarf and Ken,

I've never used Clipboard, indeed I can't seem to find it.

Here's what I do;

*Open Snipping Tool.[I have mine sitting in >>'Quick Launch'].
*Drag the cursor to create the 'capture'.
*Click on the 'Save as' Icon.[I usually save as JPEG to Documents].
*Hit TAB Bar to clear file name space[usually shows highlighted 'Capture'].
*Enter your choice of File Name.Jpg.
*Add Tags if you want.
*Save as JPEG File.
*Click on 'Save' button.

That's it.:sleepy:

*
 
Hi GradeAbra,

See section 5 of the tutorial for details on how to turn this feature on or off. You can change the colour of this border if you wish.
 
Hi Gradeabra,

You might prefer this free app. I use it on Vista and Win 7 in preference to the snipping tool.

Features

  • A small floating Capture Panel that can be dragged anywhere or minimized to the Windows tray area
  • Resource friendly - uses a very small amount of memory, especially when minimized to the Windows tray area
  • Global hotkeys to activate the program's capture capabilities anytime, anywhere
  • Efficient tools to capture windows, objects, full screen, rectangle/freehand-selected regions and scrolling areas
  • Capture web pages in Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox and Opera
  • Option to specify destination (internal editor, clipboard, file or printer) where the captured image will be sent
  • Text/Arrowed line/Highlight/Watermark annotation
  • Drop-shadow, torn-edge effects
  • Add caption
  • Resize, crop, zoom in/out
  • Undo/Redo
  • Save as BMP, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TGA and PDF
  • Send e-mails
  • Screen magnifier, Screen color picker
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Option to run when Windows starts
  • And many more ...

FastStone Capture 5.3 free download. FastStone Capture is powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility.

http://www.faststone.org/DN/FSCaptureSetup53.exe

Hope it helps

SIW2
 
Hello Dwarf, I just want to say thank you so much, your article on Snipping Tool is a great help, very informative, even though the term snipping tool is a sissy phrase. Your a real hero, thanks bro, robert, San Fran.
 
I must be missing something. I am using Vista 64-bit and have PC Tablet turned on, but can not find snipping tool. Where did I go wrong?
 
Thanks for the tip. It's weird that I can not find snipping tool on my laptop but it appears on my desktop. Both are using Vista 64-bit.
 
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