Tech Tip: Snipping Tool

If you aren’t already using the Snipping Tool, you will discover a huge appreciation for its ease of use and its variety of uses. Basically, select the area of your screen that you want to copy, capture it, and take a snapshot. Snips can be saved or stored in multiple graphic formats or emailed. This is extremely helpful to clip and share something in a document, newsletter, email, or on social media.

To find the Snipping Tool: Go to your main Microsoft menu, go to Search > Snipping Tool.

To pin the app to your taskbar, Right Click on it and select “Pin to Taskbar”. This will allow you to quickly access it anytime while doing work. Rather than downloading a picture or file to then re-save, you can use this tool to snapshot what you want, then save or send right away. It saves you a few steps and some time.

Keyboard shortcuts: Once you become familiar with this tool, here are a few keyboard shortcuts that you can use with the Snipping Tool.

  • Alt + M = Choose a snipping mode
  • Alt + N = Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one
  • Shift + arrow keys = Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area
  • Alt + D = Delay capture by 1-5 seconds
  • Ctrl + C = Copy the snip to clipboard
  • Ctrl + S = Save the snip


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Kristin Mentz

Kristin Mentz

Born and raised in Maryland and a resident of Howard County for the past 16 years, Kristin has a passion for building relationships, writing and serving the community. Kristin joined the Howard Tech team in Oct 2018. She enjoys reading, movies, cooking/baking, and cheering on her children's sporting teams. She has the pleasure of being an avid volunteer with a variety of local organizations.

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