How To Copy A Portion Of Your Screen

Did you know that there is a tool you can use to copy a portion of your screen versus using Print Screen to copy your whole screen? Well, there is and it’s called the Snipping Tool. How many times has that thing gotten me out of a jam? I would say…several. I’m always shocked at how many people don’t know about the Snipping Tool available on Windows, so I figure I should make a little post about what it is, how to find it, and how I use it.

You can find the Snipping Tool by using your search function under your Start menu (or seriously, however you find stuff now with Windows 10 which I’ve only previewed and HATED with the burning passion of a million suns). It’s hiding under Accessories and is just called “Snipping Tool” with an image of scissors next to it.

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When you open the tool, your entire screen will get a little bit transparent like such…

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…and the Snipping Tool box will appear. Normally you’re just good to go right there, but if your screen doesn’t get somewhat transparent, just click “New” on the window and you’re ready to snip! When you snip, it draws a thin red box around what you’ve selected with a white cross just like this:

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So in that image, I snipped what I originally wanted to title this post. You’ll see that the remainder of the page is somewhat transparent and what I’ve selected, or snipped, is its regular colour. This tool comes in super handy so often, but I thought the best example might be for capturing a small portion of an entire webpage. For example, if you see some crazy comment on a You Tube video that you just have to share with your friends, just open the Snipping Tool and get that comment versus Print Screen-ing the whole page and then putting that copy of your screen into Photoshop or Paint and selecting the portion of the page you want and then cutting it out. Yeesh, too much work. Just snip and send.

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Don’t worry – it’s just a comment I made on my own video so I’m not persecuting any YT rando!

Which brings me to my last point about the Snipping Tool – the handy tools available once you complete your snip. You can save the image, paste it into another program, highlight a portion of it, draw on it, erase a portion, or email the image to someone. That email function is so damn handy when you’re just wanting to show someone something at say your work, like if you have an IT issue and get a pop up window: snip an image of that pop up, send it to your IT dude and say, “Please send help.”

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This is such an awesome tool, and I use it like crazy. I spread the word about it to anyone who will listen because I think it’s so useful and saves so much time! I really hope you start to use it yourself! Another great way to employ it is if you’re making a rather large document with images that you’ve applied effects to. Say you insert a new image and want the same effects on the image but don’t want to go back and forth into the menu to see what effects you applied to apply them to the new image. Just open the effects window, take a snip of those effects and then keep that snip open for you to refer back to. That really has saved me so much pain in my buns from having to open something and try to remember what the effects were and going back and forth. I’m honestly getting exhausted just typing about it!

If I didn’t clarify something properly, let me know in the comments or email me at hkramer2014@gmail.com. Otherwise, happy snipping!

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