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  • Emma Lake Boydston

How to Take a Screenshot

Sometimes you may find yourself wanting to share or preserve what is showing on your screen – and the ability to do so is built right in to Windows. The tool is called, appropriately, “Snipping Tool”. (It has the confusing pedigree of the prior Snip & Sketch app, itself a replacement of a different Snipping Tool, which merged with Screen Sketch. Yea, don’t ask.) You can find it in your list of apps, but the fastest way to launch it is by pressing the Windows + Shift + S keys simultaneously. Using your mouse, you can create a rectangle of a portion of your screen or even a freeform shape. The Snipping Tool then presents you with a graphic of that portion of your screen, which you can optionally annotate using pen and highlighter functions. When finished, either copy the image to the clipboard or save it as a PNG, JPG, or GIF on your hard drive – buttons for both are in the upper right corner. Bonus tip: your past snips are still saved in the Pictures > Screenshots folder. So the next time you ask for help with a particular error message or pop-up, you have the knowledge to also include a helpful screenshot!

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