You must know about this cool and little-used feature for Windows

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  • Press Windows logo key + Shift + S
  • Choose the capture option you want
  • The screenshot is automatically copied to your clipboard

Tools and requirements

System: Windows 10 or Windows 11
Tools: Keyboard and mouse
Competence level: Beginner

There are many options for taking screenshots on your PC or laptop, including using extensions or the very simple “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. But there is an easy way to not only take a screenshot on your computer, but also control what part of the screen you capture.

Have the screen displayed to what you want to capture or crop, whether it’s a program or a website on an internet tab.

On the keyboard, locate the following keys: the windows key (indicated by a small four-fold logo on the key), the Shift keyand the S button.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Press the Windows key and the Shift key at the same time. While holding down these keys, press the S key.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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A small box should appear at the top of the screen, with several options to choose from. These options are Rectangular shears, Freeform Snip, window captureand Full screen capture. Choose the option that best suits your needs with the mouse. For the first two, you will need to crop the desired section using the tool on the slider. The last two options just require you to click on thema screenshot will automatically be taken.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Any screenshots or crops are automatically copied in your clipboard. You just need Dough in any compatible application.

Have the screen displayed to what you want to capture or crop, whether it’s a program or a website on an internet tab.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Go to the start menu located in the lower left corner of your screen and click on it, or press the Windows key plus the S key to bring up the search bar.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Type Capture Tool in the Look for bar and click on the application that appears in the window.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Rectangular snip is chosen by default, but you can choose the desired option via the toolbar. These options are Rectangular shears, Freeform Snip, window captureand Full screen capture.

Choose the option that best suits your needs with the mouse. For the first two, you will need to crop the desired section using the tool on the slider.

The last two options just require you to click on thema screenshot will automatically be taken.

A screenshot of the Windows Snipping Tool

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Any screenshots or crops are automatically copied in your clipboard. You just need to paste it into any compatible application.

Final Thoughts

Although the Windows Snipping Tool is incredibly useful and offers several options that may suit your needs, there are other ways to capture or crop your screen. The quickest and easiest way would be the “Print Screen” button on the top or right side of your keyboard. This instantly creates a screenshot of whatever is on screen and copies it to the clipboard.

Other options include downloading an extension from your browser to capture or crop, including several options from our best Chrome extensions list. While this is certainly the most involved option, it also tends to offer the most customization and many offer many features that the Windows Snipping Tool cannot. In most cases, the image is not sent to the clipboard, but a copy is made available to your browser for editing or you can save a file to your computer.

Considering all this, most users prefer a simple option that allows for a few easy-to-use options. And especially something that’s already built into your PC, as opposed to something you have to download to use it. Best of all, you don’t have to choose because Windows Snipping Tool is always available in any Windows 10 or Windows 11 installation, so you can always use many different options depending on your needs.

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