Snip, Snip - Is this the tool to get the screenshot you want?
It was not so long ago that getting a screenshot of a webpage, receipt, or any other image was a laborious process on Windows. Emphasis on labor, because it was just that. Lots of work for a small image. With a simple download of the Snipping tool++, you can choose how you snip and what you snip in just a few clicks. Discover more below.
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Snipping Tool++ takes the hassle out of capturing and cutting your screens
Loyal Windows users may be familiar with the old way of capturing screenshots on their desktop. It goes as follows:
· Press Ctrl + Print Scrn
· Click the Start button
· Click All Programs
· Click Accessories
· Click Paint
· Click Ctrl + V to paste the screen cap on paint
It is a tedious 8-move process to get 1 shot. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Regardless of what version of Windows you’re using, you can take advantage of the Snipping Tool++ in just a few easy steps:
· Click New
· Click the tool of your choice
Simple, reliable, and incredibly fast, right? Well, it could take some getting use to as the program is only available in German. It won’t take long as the icons are easy to understand.
Snip, snip!To capture the entire screen and crop the unwanted elements, you needed to use MS Paint. Now, Snipping Tool++ breaks you free from those chains and choose from 4 different 'snips' to get the job done.
The first is the free-form snip. Draw a free-form shape around an object on the screen. Be careful though! The software will not clean up the edges. What you draw is what you get with this snip.
Second is the Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor or + symbol around an object to form a rectangular frame around it. If you want to take a snip of a menu, you'll have to follow a few extra steps:
· Open the program
· Open the menu you want to capture
You will notice that the Snipping Tool has closed. Just keep on.
· Press Ctrl + PrtScn to re-launch software
· Select Mode (to change the kind of snip)
Then, there’s the Window Snip. Quite simple, really. Just select the window or dialog box to capture.
The final tool in the lot: full-screen snip. A suitable name for the tool that captures the entire screen in an instant.
Snipping tool++ only allows its users to blur certain portions of their image. If you want to crop the snip, you’ll have to either repeat the snip or use a separate editing tool. You can also add text and filters —a practical feature for those who want to add context, or make their snips clearer.
Younger Windows users may be familiar with ‘sending receipts’ or screencaps of conversations or other online activity to their friends. With the Snipping Tool, you can send snips within the software itself. Pass snips across different social media platforms, such as Facebook, Messenger, iMessage, Viber, etc.
Where can you run this program?
Snipping Tool can run on the following operating systems:
· Windows Vista
· Windows Server 2008
· Windows 7 (Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate)
· Windows Server 2008 R2
· Windows Home Server 2011
· Windows 8
· Windows Server 2012 (Including 2012 R2 version)
· Windows 10
· Windows Server 2016
· Windows Server 2019
· Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Is there a better alternative?
For those with Windows 10, opt for Snip & Sketch, a modern take of the former tool.
Snip & Sketch is built-in all Windows 10 devices released after October 2018. The software sports a sleeker interface to match with Windows 10 devices and has the same editing tools as Snipping Tool++. You can share your snips to other users, but it’s only limited to other Microsoft programs and four social media platforms - Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, and Instagram.
Snipping Tool++ definitely provides its users with a faster way to capture their screens. Avoid the hassle of the copy-paste and edit screencaps on Paint, and switch to the tool. It's only shortfall is the lack of language options, but more than makes up for it with easy-to-understand icons, host of editing features and sharing options. Take a step in the right direction by using this tool and leaving behind the former years of the dreadful process set by MS Paint.
Should you download it?
No. If you already have the Snip & Sketch Tool or other screenshot utility software on your Windows 10 device, don't download this one. In all other cases, go for it.
- Simple Interface
- Linked to social media platforms
- Functions on all versions of Windows
- Saves in BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, and TIFF
- Limited functionality
- Limited translation
- Requires Java Runtime Environment