Quite often it would be nice to be able to take a copy of what’s appearing on the laptop or PC screen. Confirmation of a purchase, or an image that you like, for example. Now, it has been possible for years to take a screen shot using the Print Screen (PrtScr) button, and in fact since Windows 7 there has been a built in “Snipping tool” that offers a lot more flexibility, but hardly anyone that I meet seems to use it.
You can buy programs that have lots of features and flexibility to enable you to clip parts of the screen such as Snagit, and you can also clip web pages and links etc to apps like Evernote and OneNote, but the built in WIndows Snipping tool offers a pretty good alternative and it’s included with the basic Windows system – free!
Not only does the Snipping tool offer a basic screen capture, it also allows you to select areas of the screen, the active window or the entire screen. There is also basic editing facilities and a direct link to Paint 3D if you want to add text or enhance the image further.
In the video below I explain where to find it and how to use it.