Capture Screenshots in PowerPoint, Word and Other Programs Using the Windows Snipping Tool

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 13, 2018

Applies to: Windows® 7, 8 and 10 and Microsoft® PowerPoint® and Word® 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365

The surprisingly useful Windows Snipping Tool is available in Windows 7 and later versions. You can capture screenshots using the Snipping Tool and insert them into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other Office programs. The Snipping Tool is a utility program or accessory in Windows so it’s free and has already been installed with Windows. So where is this tool?

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Opening the Snipping Tool in Windows 7

There are a number of ways to access the Snipping Tool in Windows 7. One of the easiest ways is to use the Start menu.

To open the Snipping Tool using the Start menu:

  1. Click the Start menu.
  2. Choose All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories and then click Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool dialog box appears.

Opening Snipping Tool in Windows 7.

Pinning the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar in Windows 7

This is such a useful tool, you may want to pin it to your Taskbar.

To pin the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar in Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start menu.
  2. Choose All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories and then right-click on Snipping Tool.
  4. Choose Pin to Taskbar. The Snipping Tool will now be available in the Taskbar.

Opening the Snipping Tool in Windows 8 or 10

There are a number of ways to access the Snipping Tool in Windows 8 or 10. One of the easiest ways to open the tool is by using Search.

To open the Snipping Tool using Search in Windows 8:

  1. In the Start Screen, swipe from right to left to view the Search icon (if necessary).
  2. Click the Search icon and enter “snipping tool”. The Snipping Tool icon should appear.
  3. Click the Snipping Tool icon. The Snipping Tool dialog box appears.

Opening Snipping Tool in Windows 8.

To open the Snipping Tool using Search in Windows 10:

  1. Click in the Search box on the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Enter “snipping tool”.
  3. Click the Snipping Tool icon. The Snipping Tool toolbar appears.

Pinning the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar in Windows 8 or 10

To pin the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar in Windows 8:

  1. In the Start Screen, swipe from right to left to view the Search icon (if necessary).
  2. Click the Search icon and enter “snipping tool”. The Snipping Tool icon should appear.
  3. Right-click the Snipping Tool and choose Pin to Taskbar. The Snipping Tool will now be available in the Taskbar when you are in an application or on the Desktop. To quickly access the Desktop, press the Windows button (beside the Alt key) + D.

To pin the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar in Windows 10:

  1. Click in the Search box on the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Enter “snipping tool”.
  3. Right-click the Snipping Tool and choose Pin to Taskbar.

Snipping Tool toolbar

The Snipping Tool toolbar is very similar in Windows 7, 8 and 10. In Windows 10, there are 2 more buttons on the toolbar.

The Snipping Tool toolbar in Windows 7 or 8 has three buttons:

  • New
  • Cancel
  • Options

Snipping Tool dialog box.

The Snipping Tool toolbar in Windows 10 has five buttons:

  • New
  • Mode
  • Delay
  • Cancel
  • Options

Windows Snipping Tool in Windows 10.

Types of screenshots

When you click the down arrow beside the New button in Windows 7 or 8 or the Mode button in Windows 10 in the Snipping Tool toolbar, you can choose from a menu of 4 options:

  • The Free-form Snip allows you to draw an irregular line around an area.
  • The Rectangular Snip allows you to take a screenshot as a rectangle by dragging the cursor around an area.
  • Window Snip allows you to select an open window or dialog box.
  • Full-screen Snip allows you to capture the entire screen.

Snipping Tool types of screenshots.

Capturing a screenshot

To capture a screenshot in Windows 7 or 8:

  1. Open the Snipping Tool (as above).
  2. Click the down arrow next to the New button and choose Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip or Full-screen Snip from the list.
  3. If using Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip, drag around the area of the screen that you want to capture. If using Window Snip, navigate to the window you want to capture. If using Full-screen Snip, a screenshot will be taken of the current screen. The Snipping Tool window appears with the screenshot.

To capture a screenshot in Windows 10:

  1. Open the Snipping Tool (as above).
  2. Click the down arrow next the Mode button and select a drawing mode.
  3. Select the down arrow next to the Delay button and select a delay (this is useful for capturing screenshots of menus).
  4. Click the New button.
  5. If using Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip, drag around the area of the screen that you want to capture. If using Window Snip, navigate to the window you want to capture. If using Full-screen Snip, a screenshot will be taken of the current screen. The Snipping Tool window appears with the screenshot.

Capturing a screenshot of a menu in Windows 7 or 8

Since you don’t have a delay option in earlier versions of the Snipping Tool, it’s a bit more difficult to capture a screenshot of a menu.

To capture a screenshot of a menu:

  1. Open the Snipping Tool (as above).
  2. Press ESC. It will appear as if nothing has occurred.
  3. Open the menu that you want to capture.
  4. Press Control + Print Screen (PrtScn).
  5. In the Snipping Tool dialog box, click the down arrow beside the New button and select Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip from the list.
  6. Select the area of your screen that you want to capture. The screenshot will appear in the Snipping Tool window.

Note: This didn’t work when we tested it in the Start Screen in Windows 8, but did work correctly in a menu within an application such as PowerPoint.

Copying a screenshot

If you wish to copy a Snipping Tool screenshot:

  1. In the Snipping Tool window, click the Edit menu and then select Copy or press Control + C.
  2. Open a Word, PowerPoint or other file and paste the image by pressing Control + V.

Saving a screenshot

If you wish to save a Snipping Tool screenshot:

  1. In the Snipping Tool window, click the File menu and choose Save As, press Control + S or click the Save button.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, choose the desired file type (such as JPG or PNG), enter a name and navigate to the desired folder.
  3. Click Save. You will then be able to insert the screenshot using the Insert Picture command in Word, PowerPoint or other Office programs.

Emailing a screenshot

If you wish to email a Snipping Tool screenshot:

  1. In the Snipping Tool window, click the File menu and choose Send Snip or click on the Send Snip button.
  2. Choose E-mail Recipient or E-mail Recipient (as attachment). You will need an email client such as Outlook installed.
  3. In the email client, choose the desired recipient and send the message.

Customizing the Snipping Tool

After you open the Snipping Tool, you can click on the Options button to set your preferences. Options can also be specified in the Snipping Tools window through the Tools menu. Below is the Snipping Tools Options dialog box:

Snipping Tool Options dialog box.

The Application section enables you to check or uncheck the following:

  • Hide Instruction Text – hides the instruction text in the Snipping Tool window.
  • Always copy snips to the Clipboard – copies all screenshots to the Clipboard so you can paste them into other programs.
  • Include URL below snips (HTML only) – saves your snips as a Single File HTML or MHT documents. If a shot is taken from an Internet Explorer window, it also shows the URL of the webpage included in the screenshot.
  • Prompt to save snips before exiting – prompts you if you have any screenshots that you have not saved before closing the program.
  • Show screen overlay – is usually enabled and displays the screen as a white overlay when you are taking a screenshot.

The Selection area enables you to change options related to border colour:

  • Ink Color – changes the color of the selection border when you create a snip.
  • Show selection ink after snips are captured – when enabled, the selection border is shown around the snip, using the color selected in the “Ink Color” list.

The Snipping Tool really is a great little free utility and it’s shipped with Windows. There are some other screenshot features that have been added in Windows 8.1 that we’ll explore in a future article.

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How to Insert Screenshots in PowerPoint and Word (Part 2: Windows Snipping Tool)
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