How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 10 With Snipping Tool

screenshot in windows 10 with snipping tool
screenshot in windows 10 with snipping tool

How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 10 With Snipping Tool

Screenshot in Windows 10 with Snipping Tool – Snipping Tool is a utility software found in Microsoft Windows OS.

Snip & Sketch formerly called Snipping Tool is an in-built Microsoft screen grabbing application available in all versions of Windows that allow users to capture, edit and save portions of the screen to a file.

Even though the utility application has been replaced with Snip & Sketch, it is still available in windows 10

The Snipping Tool is used to take screenshots of an entire screen, a free-form area, an open window, or a rectangular area.

It has several other convenient drawing tools that allow users to draw and annotate snips.

The screenshot called “snips” can be annotated with a different highlighter or colored pens, and saved as MHTML file, image, or sent to a friend as an email.

The Snipping Tool copies snip to the clipboard but do not save them automatically, you will have to save them manually.


All modern versions of Windows have an in-built screenshot utility called the Snipping Tool.

To access and use the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 version, you will need to run the utility app.

From the Start menu, open All App, select Windows Accessories, and navigate to Snipping Tool. 

You can also visit the search box from the start menu and type the “Snipping Tool” in the Windows search box, click on the result. For easy access can pin it to the taskbar.

In case you are thinking of how to download the snipping tool.

I have good news for you, Snipping tool has been in existence and is available for all modern versions of Windows including Windows Vista.

You can also read How To Take A Screenshot On Windows 10 Without Snipping Tool


To take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the new snipping tool, follow the steps below

  • Capture a Snip:

The first step is to launch the snipping toolbar.

Then select the type of snip you want, Click Mode for the older version, or click the arrow next to the New button for the recent version.

Then pick the type of snip you want from the options that will appear; Full screen, Freeform, or Rectangular.

When making Freeform and Rectangular snip, you will select the area you want to cover.

The rectangular and Full-Screen snip is used to capture a rectangular and full-screen screenshot respectively, while the free-form snip is used to draw an arbitrary shape on the screen.

The screenshot image appears. 

  • Annotate a snip

After you have captured a snip, you can edit it with graphic tools as you wish. You can write, or/and draw on it by selecting the Pen or Highlighter buttons. 

You can also use the Eraser to remove unwanted write-ups or drawings. Then click the disk icon to save the file. It can be saved as MHTML file, JPEG, PNG or GIF.

You can also remove the URL from a snip, but this applies to HTML files only. To do this you must make sure you save your snip as an HTML file. then go the Snipping Tools Options box, and clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only), check the box, and select OK.


Windows 10 does not attribute shortcut keys to Snipping Tool by default. Luckily, shortcut keys for snipping Tools can be created effortlessly following the steps below;

From the Start menu, go to All apps then select Windows Accessories and navigate to Snipping Tool.

Right-click on the Snipping Tool and select Open file location from the context menu, then select the Shortcut tab.

Click the field next to “Shortcut key”, and then press one key on your keyboard, it can be a function key, a letter key, or a numerical key.

After setting a keyboard shortcut to Snipping Tool, click Apply.

If you select a function or numerical key, it will automatically become the shortcut key to open Snipping Tool.

If you select a letter key, Windows will add Ctrl + Alt automatically as a prefix to the shortcut. So, if you select A key, for instance, Windows will use Ctrl + Al + A as the shortcut to Snipping Tool.


To launch the app press the Windows key + Shift and S.

Once you have opened the snipping tool, Press Alt + M keys to access the snip types, Using the arrow keys choose from the snip options provided; Full-screen, Rectangular, or Free-form, then press Enter.

To select the area of coverage for free form and rectangular snip, press and hold Shift then use the arrow keys to select.

  1. Press Alt + M key to choose a snipping mode.
  2. Press Alt + N keys to take a new snip/screenshot with the same model as the last one.
  3. Press Ctrl + C key to copy to clipboard.
  4. Press Ctrl + S keys to save.
  5. Press  Alt + D key to delay capture by 1-5 seconds.
  6. Press Shift + arrow keys  to Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area.


Snipping Tool is a Microsoft utility software used to take screenshot of an entire screen, a free-form area, an open window, or a rectangular area in Windows 10.

The screenshot is called snip, and it is saved as MHTML file, JPEG, PNG, GIF, or sent to a friend as an email.

Keyboard Shortcut can be assigned to take snips in windows, if you don’t want to do it through the normal process.

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