The Windows Snipping Tool is a utility app included in modern versions of the operating system, like Windows 10 and Windows 7. Due to its familiarity, many users find Microsoft\u2019s Snipping Tool an easy and efficient instrument for taking screenshots in Windows. This guide shows how to use the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 and Windows 7 from the moment you click the Snipping Tool shortcut to when you\u2019re saving your image. Let\u2019s get started:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: The Snipping Tool is also mentioned in our tutorial showing 9 ways to screenshot on Windows.\r\nWhere is the Snipping Tool in Windows 10?\r\nThere are many different ways to open the Windows 10 Snipping Tool app, but the fastest way to launch it is to use search. Click or tap on the taskbar\u2019s search field, type in snipping tool, and then press on the appropriate result. Alternatively, you can also click or tap on Open from the right side of the flyout.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open the Snipping Tool on Windows 10 using Search\r\n\r\nIf you prefer a more classic approach, open the Start Menu and access the Windows Accessories folder. Click or tap on the Windows 10 Snipping Tool shortcut inside to launch the app.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress the Snipping Tool shortcut in Windows 10 to open the app\r\n\r\nAn alternative way to launch the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 is to use the Run command window. Use the Windows + R keyboard shortcut to quickly open Run, write snippingtool in the Open field, and then click\/tap the OK button or press the Enter key.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLaunch the Windows 10 Snipping Tool using Run\r\n\r\nAlternatively, a shortcut for Snipping Tool can also be pinned to Start or the Windows 10 taskbar, and you can use it for quickly accessing the tool.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTIP: Here are all the ways to open Snipping Tool in Windows 10.\r\nHow to open the Snipping Tool for Windows 7\r\nThe methods to access the Windows 7 Snipping Tool are similar to the ones in Windows 10. Type \u201csnip\u201d in the Start Menu search box and then click on the Snipping Tool result.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen the Snipping Tool for Windows 7 from the Start Menu\r\n\r\nAnother way is to open the Accessories folder from the Windows 7 Start Menu and then click on the shortcut for Snipping Tool.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUse the Windows Snipping Tool shortcut from the Start Menu\r\n\r\nAlternatively, you can also use the Run window to launch the app using the same steps shown in the previous chapter.\r\n\r\nTIP: You can also create a Snipping Tool keyboard shortcut in both Windows 10 and Windows 7 by following the instructions in this guide. You can then launch the app by pressing the Snipping Tool hotkey.\r\nUnderstanding the Windows Snipping Tool interface\r\nWhen it comes to the user interface, the Windows 7 Snipping Tool is pretty basic, with only three available buttons.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Windows 7 Snipping Tool\r\n\r\nThe Snipping Tool for Windows 10 has a slightly different user interface than the one found in Windows 7. The Windows 10 Snipping Tool includes the Mode and Delay buttons, that aren\u2019t found in the Snipping Tool for Windows 7.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: Another difference is the notification shown at the bottom, urging you to try the Windows 10 app that might replace the Snipping Tool in the near future: Snip & Sketch.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Windows 10 Snipping Tool\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s what each of the main buttons does:\r\n\r\n \tNew - available on both operating systems, it initiates taking a screenshot using the selected mode.\r\n \tMode - is available only in the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 and lets you choose what type of screenshot you take, as shown in the next chapter. If you\u2019re using Windows 7, click the downward arrow next to New instead to reveal the same options.\r\n \tDelay - present only in Windows 10, you can use this button to delay the screen capture for up to 5 seconds. Select one of the available options from its dropdown menu to set a delay for your screenshot.\r\n \tCancel - lets you cancel taking a screenshot. Press Esc on your keyboard for the same result.\r\n \tOptions - allows you to customize different aspects of the application.\r\n\r\nHow to use the Snipping Tool on Windows to take screenshots\r\nThere are four types of screen captures you can take with the Microsoft Snipping Tool app. In Windows 10, you can select which one you want to use by clicking or tapping on the Mode button or the downward arrow next to it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Mode button from the Snipping Tool in Windows 10\r\n\r\nIn Windows 7, click on the arrow next to New to display a dropdown menu with the same options.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSelect the type of screenshot in the Snipping Tool for Windows 7\r\n\r\nEach option lets you take another type of screenshot:\r\n\r\n \tFree-form Snip - use it if you want to draw an irregular shape with your mouse anywhere on the screen, capturing the selected area.\r\n \tRectangular Snip - selected by default, it lets you take a screenshot of a rectangular section.\r\n \tWindow Snip - takes a screenshot of an open window or menu on your screen. Moving the cursor around highlights different elements you can capture by clicking or tapping on them.\r\n \tFull-screen Snip - immediately captures the entire screen, like the old-fashioned Print Screen key.\r\n\r\nAfter choosing the screenshot Mode, press on New and decide what to capture. If you decided to use one of the first two types, select the area that interests you by clicking and dragging your cursor or your finger if you have a touchscreen. If you are using the default settings, the selected area is surrounded by a red border as you drag.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to use the Snipping Tool on Windows to get a Free-form snip\r\n\r\nWhen you are finished with your selection, release the mouse button or lift your finger, and the captured area is automatically opened in an editing window, where you can annotate, save or share the screenshot.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCaptured screenshots are opened in the Snipping Tool editing mode\r\nHow to edit and save your screenshots with the Snipping Tool app\r\nThe Snipping Tool editing window offers useful tools for modifying your screenshots as soon as you take them. If you are not satisfied with your image, you can always make another one using the New button. Before saving your screenshot, you can use the Pen and Highlighter tools to draw and write on the capture, while the Eraser tool removes the changes you make. The image below provides an overview of the available options.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to use the Snipping Tool editing mode\r\n\r\nTo save the screenshot, press the Save button. In the pop-up, select the image location, type in a File name, and choose the file type: PNG, GIF, JPEG, or HTML. Then, press Save.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSave your screenshots\r\n\r\nTIP: By default, the Snipping Tool app saves screenshots in the Pictures folder. For more details, we created a guide to help you find out where Windows 10 screenshots are saved and change their default location.\r\nBonus: How to customize the Snipping Tool on Windows 10 and Windows 7\r\nRegardless of your Windows version, when you start the Snipping Tool, click or tap on the Options button to set your preferences on how the program should work.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPress on Options to set up the Snipping Tool app\r\n\r\nYou can also access Options from the Tools menu in the app\u2019s editing mode.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Options from the app\\'s editing mode\r\n\r\nThe available options are displayed in two sections: Application and Selection. The Application section has a set of checkboxes that you can use to make the following changes:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Application Options in the Microsoft Snipping Tool\r\n\r\n \tHide Instruction Text \u2013 hide the instructions shown in the main Snipping Tool window.\r\n \tAlways copy snips to the Clipboard \u2013 copy all captures to the Windows clipboard to easily paste them into other applications (e.g., word processors or image editors).\r\n \tInclude URL below snips (HTML only) \u2013 save your snips as a Single File HTML or MHT documents, and a URL of the webpage is included in the screenshot.\r\n \tPrompt to save snips before exiting \u2013 gives you a heads up if you have any unsaved captures and you try to close the program.\r\n \tShow screen overlay when Snipping Tool \u2013 if disabled, when you are taking a screenshot, the Snipping Tool transparent overlay is no longer shown on the screen.\r\n\r\nThe Selection pane at the bottom lets you modify settings regarding the color palette:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChange the Selection Options in the Windows Snipping Tool\r\n\r\n \tInk Color \u2013 changes the color of the selection border when you create a snip.\r\n \tShow selection ink after snips are captured \u2013 when enabled, the selection border is displayed around the screenshot, using the color shown above.\r\n\r\nAre you using the Windows 10 or Windows 7 Snipping Tool?\r\nNow that you know how to use the Snipping Tool on Windows, you can take great screenshots regardless of your operating system. Before you close this guide, let us know which version of the app you\u2019re taking snips with. If you\u2019re using the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, we\u2019re curious about your reasons. Did you try the other options available in Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.