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How to Open and Use Snipping Tool in Windows 10

There are many different types of screenshot capture tool. Snipping tool is among the most popular because it is easy to use and can be a great tool for Windows user. Snipping tool is a built-in application in Windows PC. It is used to cut any graphic, picture, dialog control and saves image as an HTML, PNG, GIF, or JPEG file.

This article describes several ways to open and use the Snipping tool in Windows 10.

How to Open Snipping Tool in Windows 10

There are several ways to launch the Snipping tool in Windows 10. Here's how:

Way 1: Open Snipping tool from Start Menu

Go to Start Menu and click All apps, you can find it under Windows Accessories folder.

Start Snipping tool from Start Menu

If you need to use the Snipping tool frequently, you can pin it to the Taskbar or Start. So that you can quickly open it from Start Menu or Taskbar.

Pin Snipping tool to Start

Way 2: Open Snipping tool via Run

Press Win+R keys to open the Run box. Input snippingtool and hit Enter.

Run Snpping tool

Way 3: Open Snipping tool using Cortana Search

Type snipping into the Search box and press Enter to launch it.

Launch Snipping tool from Search

How to Use Snipping Tool to Capture a Screenshot

1. Take a Basic Screenshot

Step 1: Launch the Snipping tool.

Step 2: Select a snip type from the menu or click the New button.

Step 3: Then select the window you want to capture.

take a screenshot with the Snipping Tool

You can capture any of the following types of snips.

  • Free-form Snip: Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip: Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip: Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen

2. Take a Delayed Screenshot

In Snipping tool, the Delay option allows for timed capture of screenshots. Here's how:

Step 1: Open the Snipping tool.

Step 2: Click the down arrow next Delay button to choose delay time in seconds. Pick a number between 0 and 5.

Step 3: Then click the New button to start the Snipping process.

Use delay feature to capture a screenshot

Note: This number indicates how many seconds the Snipping Tool will wait between the time you click New and the time the actual screenshot is taken.