[Windows10] Capture screenshot: How to use Snipping Tool (Screen Capture)

By | October 31, 2017

There are roughly three ways to capture screenshots using the Windows standard built-in screen capture tool.

《1》Print Screen= [Print Screen: Print Screen] to capture the whole monitor(Display)

《2》Capturing the active window;

《3》Capturing only what is needed using the Snipping Tool.

Capturing the whole monitor screen

This is a method to capture everything of all screens currently displayed on the monitor, using Print Screen key on the keyboard.

Captured screens are temporarily stored on the clipboard, and it is common to import and edit screens captured by image-editing software such as Paint and Photoshop.

However, it is troublesome work that takes time and effort from screen capture to image editing as not all screens are wanted.




As a way to capture the screen on Windows, copy everything displayed on the monitor using the PrtScn= Print Screen key on the keyboard and temporarily save it on the clipboard.

It is common to import and edit screens captured by image-editing software such as Paint and Photoshop.

Using the Print Screenkey as follows will capture all monitor screens.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

Capturing only the active window

This is a more advanced capture method than the Print Screen key above.

Holding down the Alt key on your keyboard, and press Print Screen to capture only the programs or windows that are currently active on the display.

Since we want to capture only a 1《Settings》 window inside the red frame on the monitor screen as follows, selecting 《Settings》 window to be active, press thePrint Screen key, holding down Alt key.

Once captured images are saved to the clipboard.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

Paste on “paint”

Let’s load and paste the screen captured image into “Paint“, the standard Windows application. First of all, start “Paint” as follows.

Click 1 Start > 2Windows Accessories > 3Paint.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

▼ Pressing Ctrl + V key to Paste it on Paint, only the window with red border is pasted as below.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool




Using the Snipping Tool

The screenshot with the Print Screen key key above has the disadvantage of capturing unnecessary images as well.

Needless to say, it is the most efficient task to cut out the necessary parts and store them easily.

There is a tool called Snipping Tool which is built in as Windows standard app since Windows7.

With this tool, you can capture only the desired location on the screen, and you can even write a comment on the image with that pen and save or share it together.

Starting Snipping Tool

First, Click 1 Start > 2Windows Accessories > 3Snipping Tool in Windows10.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

Then the “Snipping Tool” window opens as shown below.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

Pin Snipping Tool on the taskbar

It is a useful tool, but there are some inconveniences.

Once you use it, it disappears from the monitor screen, so you may need to recall the above steps repeatedly for screen capture, so users who take frequent screen captures may find it cumbersome.

So, if you fix it on the taskbar in the following way, you can use it easily at any time.

1Right-click Snipping Tool, 2more > 3Pin to taskbar, then a 4icon of Snipping Tool on the taskbar is displayed.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

Taking a screenshot

As shown below, the Snipping Tool has four types of Mode.

Windows10 Capture screenshot Snipping Tool

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