Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots

Windows 10Windows 8.1Windows 7

Take a snapshot to copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen. Use Snipping Tool to make changes or notes, then save, and share.

Capture any of the following types of snips:

Free-form snip Draw a free-form shape around an object.
Rectangular snip Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
Window snip Select a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.
Full-screen snip Capture the entire screen.

 

When you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window where you make changes, save, and share. 

Open Snipping Tool

For Windows 10 Select the Start  button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then select Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7 Select the Start  button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.


With your Snipping Tool open, select one of the following to create and work with your screenshots.

Looking for the most recent Windows 10 screen capture tool?

Windows 10 includes Snipping Tool, but you might want to also try out Snip & Sketch. For more info on this app and other Windows 10 features, see What's new in recent Windows 10 updates