The Snipping Tool is an incredibly handy feature that comes pre-installed with Windows, enabling users to take custom screenshots, or ‘snips,’ of their screens.
Whether you’re using Windows 10 or the new Windows 11, knowing how to use the Snipping Tool effectively and understanding where it saves your snips can be beneficial.
This article will walk you through how to download and use the Snipping Tool, and where to find your snips on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Downloading the Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool comes pre-installed on all modern versions of Windows, including Windows 10 and 11, eliminating the need for any downloads. To access the Snipping Tool, simply type “Snipping Tool” into the search bar in the taskbar and click on the application.
Taking a Screenshot on Windows
Taking a screenshot with the Snipping Tool is straightforward. Here’s how you can do it on both Windows 10 and Windows 11:
- Open the Snipping Tool from the Start menu or by searching for it in the taskbar.
- Click on ‘New.’ Your screen will dim, and your cursor will change to a crosshair.
- Click and drag the crosshair around the area of the screen you want to capture, then release the mouse button to capture the screenshot.
- The Snipping Tool will then open the screenshot, and you can use the options to save, copy, or edit the snip.
Understanding Where Snips Are Saved in Windows 10 and Windows 11
By default, the Snipping Tool does not automatically save your snips; it instead opens the snip in a new window for you to save manually. This gives you the flexibility to decide where you’d like to store your snips.
When you’ve taken a screenshot and you’re ready to save it:
- In the Snipping Tool window, click on ‘File.’
- Then click on ‘Save As.’
- A window will open, allowing you to navigate to the location where you’d like to save your snip.
If you frequently save your snips to the same location, you can set this location as your default save location to speed up the process.
However, please note that the option to set a default save location is not available in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Each time you save a snip, you’ll have to navigate to your desired location.
It’s also worth noting that the Snipping Tool doesn’t automatically copy your snips to the clipboard. If you want to paste your snip into another program without saving it first, you’ll need to click on the ‘Copy’ button in the Snipping Tool window after taking your snip.
The Snipping Tool is an invaluable tool for taking custom screenshots on Windows. While it doesn’t automatically save your snips, it provides the flexibility to choose where you want to store them.
Whether you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11, mastering the Snipping Tool will help you quickly and easily capture and save information from your screen. As with any tool, practice will make you more proficient at using the Snipping Tool, enhancing your overall Windows experience.