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I don’t know how many people take screenshots on their machine like I do.  As they say “A picture is worth 1000 words” and I think it would take a lot of words to describe just how useful I find this.  When I have had to do this in the past, I used either a program like Snagit, or I would do the Alt-PrintScreen and paste into an image editing tool like Paint.Net.  Then I would crop the picture to what I want.

With Windows 7, my approach is going to change.  Shipping with the beta (and hopefully the final release is a tool called Snipping Tool.  This let’s you snip a screenshot and save it to image format of your choice.

 

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Once you snip it then it opens in the snipping tool editor where you can save it, mail it or use the drawing tools to write on it with a pen or highlighter.  The eraser will erase the pen or highlighter marking that you make on the snipped image, but not the underlying image.

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It may not have every feature that you want, but it seems to be a useful tool and saved me some time already.

Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:43 AM Windows 7 | Back to top


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Is it the same tool as the Vista version?

It looks liek the exact same thing in your screen shots. Any new features added in Windows 7???
Left by Joe on Jan 11, 2009 8:50 AM

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Joe,

I am a little embarrased that I had never seen this feature on Vista, until you pointed it out and I went looking for it. Now I could make excuses like my issue with running Vista in general, or the fact that I use XP on my work machine (which is completely true), but as you have pointed out this Snipping Tool is available in Vista, and I have seen no significant features differences between them. I guess if you are running XP on a development machine (like I am) then this is a cool feature on both Vista and Windows 7.

Eric Brown
Left by Eric Brown on Jan 11, 2009 6:53 PM

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Do not be embarrased. I posted a blog entry on Sat ranting for MS to add ISO (Burn and Mount) support to Windows 7 before even checking if they did it! And they did add Burn ISO (right click an ISO and choose Burn to disk!)

I was installing 7 in Hyper-V when I read your post. I should have waited and given you a better reply.

It is a useful Windows 7 feature (your blog post title)

PS: I still want Mount ISO support added to 7.
Left by Joe on Jan 12, 2009 5:29 AM

# Where did it go?
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I like the Snipping tool too, but after an update... it was GONE. It was happily residing in the "Start" menu (what do they call it now?) beneath sticky notes. After I did some updates, I looked for it again and the shortcut was not to be seen. I searched on it, but all I get is the Record Steps control panel. I'd really like this tool back. Any insight?
Left by Adam Smith on Jan 14, 2009 9:06 AM

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I don't think windows vista had a GUI with the snipping tool.
Left by Angel on Jul 08, 2009 7:37 PM

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Ya, I was playing with Windows 7 and saw that fancy snipping tool - it's cool. However, I'll never purchase Windows 7 so here's a "snipping tool" that works in Linux:

http://shutter-project.org/
Left by Scott on Aug 04, 2009 2:28 PM

# Snipping Tool on Vista and XP
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Vista also has Snipping Tool, and you can get it working on XP too as well (even 2 versions: Vista and Tablet PC's) : http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?/topic/4069-get-vista-snipping-tool-sticky-notes-inkball-texas-holdem-rtm-ported-to-xp/
Left by Gogon on Sep 05, 2009 11:45 AM

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The snipping tool is only available in Vista if you have the 'tablet pc options' switched on. Most people [like me] switch it off as it has annoying features, like an onscreen keyboard, on bootup. Sadly, though, if you switch it off, the snipping tool won't work.
On XP, you can download a free program called 'snippy' which does the same thing - we use this in school all the time to evidence changes made to documents, so that we dont' have to print out the whole document every time. Snippy won't work on vista, though, sadly.
http://www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/
Left by Deb on Oct 11, 2009 3:40 AM

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Where did my snipping tool go?
Left by Bob Davidson on Nov 03, 2009 12:11 PM

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This snipping Tool doesn't seem to work in Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit. It does work OK in my Win 7 Premium 32 bit. How do I enable this in Win 7 Ultimate? MS's sites are circular frustration.
Left by Charlie G. on Nov 17, 2009 3:18 PM

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@Charlie G.

The Windows Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, and Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows 7 so I'm not sure why you are having issues getting the x64 version to run.

If you need a details how-to for getting it enabled for Vista, take a look here: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/microsoft/vista/install-or-enable-the-windows-vista-snipping-tool/

However for Windows 7, it's always enabled.
Left by MrGroove on Nov 30, 2009 12:43 PM

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I have just installed W7. Love it...I think. But I miss the snipping tool I have 64 bit. Is this an option?
Left by Jpalumbo on Dec 08, 2009 2:15 PM

# Snipping Tool: A useful Windows 7 Feature - get it back here
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You can get the snipping tool back on your start menu.
Click start button and do a search for 'snip'.

Once found pin it to the start menu.
Left by Jaq on Dec 17, 2009 2:36 PM

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Im running Win7 Ultimate x64 and the snip tool works. One should find it listed under Start Menu > Accessories

I was looking at getting a Keyboard shortcut to run it, got used to the One Note Snip Tool i used to run on my XP machine. Very Handy app.
Left by gman on Dec 23, 2009 6:57 AM

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Does anyone know how to print the snipped area directly. I know you can save a JPEG and then print from that but you forget to delete the JPEG after and I'm disorganised enough without this clutter.
Left by tumbleweed on Jan 26, 2010 10:53 AM

# Won't work in W7 64-bit [re: Snipping Tool: A useful Windows 7 Feature]
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Hi,

Just wanted to echo what others have said about Snipping Tool not working in Windows 7 64-bit:
It's there, but it's a dummy thing. The executable is there, you run it. No message, nothing happens.

Good'ol Microsoft. And several things from previous Windows versions were worsened or killed. And of course I have to pay again for the crappy OS...
Left by Vinícius M. Kern on Feb 04, 2010 6:39 AM

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How do u download it?
Left by gfgffgf on Feb 11, 2010 10:06 PM

# I dont have the magnification.dll to use it
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Hi, i want to try the snipping tool in my win 7, but im missing the magnification.dll archive to use it.
could someone pliz pass it to mean via email
where is my email
ndanny95@hotmail.com

PD: if you dont know where the magnification.dll is located, it is in
C:\windows\system32\

plis, send it by msn
im always(or most of the time) online, so plis :)
Left by Norlan10 on Feb 12, 2010 10:12 PM

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Please tell me how to get this tool?
Left by I am not telling you. on Feb 13, 2010 5:36 PM

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I'm not sure if this was included in the updates or whatnot, but I just downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit onto my computer last week and it does have the snipping tool and it DOES work on my computer, i just checked. I was actually on this site to find out what snipping tool is, it sounds very useful!
Left by Tiffany on Mar 25, 2010 12:49 PM

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The snipping tool in windows 7 64-bit was working fine for me at first, but then it just stopped completely. When I try to open it, all I get is a pop-up box with a red x in it. Nothing gets logged to event logs, and I can't see a way to debug this process.

I have tried uninstalling and re-installing the tablet pc components -- did not help.

I have tried repairing and uninstalling/reinstalling Office 2007 -- did not help.

Any suggestions would be welcome. :-(
Left by chewtoy on Apr 03, 2010 1:54 PM

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roll back the driver, if nothing helps contact microsoft for help
Left by help at windows 7 uk on Apr 11, 2010 1:28 PM

# Snipping tool
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Hi,
i bought DELL laptop last month with windows 7 home basic. there is no snipping tool in my system. How can i download or install in my system?
Left by Arivazhagan on Apr 12, 2010 3:38 AM

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I know a better tool, that works evrywhere, it's called SnapaShot. In Vista and Win 7 you can capture the screen, using only 2 buttons.
Everyone is welcome to download a free version from here: http://nicekit.com/screen-capture/best-free-snapshot.htm
Left by Amely Johnson on Apr 17, 2010 1:34 PM

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Control Panel >> Programs >> Turn Windows Features on or off
Check "Tablet PC Components" and OK to commit changes.
It may require to Restart Windows.

or if Tabele PC Components is already checked.
Create shortcut with %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe
Left by Kelly on May 11, 2010 6:47 AM

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snipping tool is good working in vista , not found in my win7homebasic
Left by pvsubramanian on May 20, 2010 12:26 PM

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Found mine If u have win7 x64 Ultimate and the update hid your snipping tool go to Windows > system 32 and scroll down till you find the Snipping tool
Left by Alex on May 30, 2010 1:26 PM

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[Win7/64 Home Premium]

My Snipping tool worked great till ~ a week ago.
Now it only captures full window, not as before any part of the screen I chose. Checked recent updates but can't figure what went wrong. Any thoughts ??
Left by Len on Jun 30, 2010 9:38 AM

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I have Windows 7 64bit Professional and it did not come standard...so I reinstalled the Tablet PC Components, which didn't show the StickyNotes or Snipping Tool in Accessories. However, if you navigate to <%windir%\system32\> both executables are there to create a shortcut in your taskbar/startmenu/desktop/etc.
Left by Win7/64 Professional on Aug 03, 2010 4:41 PM

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I don't even know what a snipping tool is and I have windows 7 as well. Wow that's a fail for me.
Left by Free itunes codes on Aug 23, 2010 4:49 AM

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if you are hooked on using the snipping tool and want to easily upload the captures you make with it - check out this handy app called snipto, at snipto.net
Left by DavidTorger on Aug 27, 2010 1:49 AM

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I recently got a dell netbook with windows 7 home basic (so snipping isn´t installed). I've tried in "Turn Windows Features on or off" in the control panel but there is no an criteria called "Tablet PC Components". Is there any way to install it?
Left by ruben on Oct 05, 2010 9:06 AM

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Cool stuff. Being new to Win7 I wonder how much they thought at Microsoft about its usability.
Left by Mauris on Nov 03, 2010 1:28 AM

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Hi,
I feel the same...I used to print screen and then edit the captured image in Paint. But with 'snip it' tool in Windows 7, my job has become so simpler... :D
Left by James on Mar 04, 2011 3:01 AM

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i want this snipping tool windows 7

Left by sifaw on Jun 17, 2011 10:44 AM

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FOUND IN THE WEB, WOUL LIKE TO TEST. tHANKS
Left by Georg Ruessheim on Jun 20, 2011 11:48 PM

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Can u please send the link to get the said snipping tool.
Please. I have provided my mail ID
vsagar.patil@gmail.com
Left by sagar on Oct 03, 2011 9:30 AM

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fuck off
Left by mart on Oct 03, 2011 11:47 AM

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Where do i freely download this? I badly lost it .
Left by Mia on Oct 13, 2011 1:51 AM

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NO THANKS
Left by kamaldeepbansal on Nov 13, 2011 1:35 PM

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When I access the snipping tool -message saysThe Snipping tool is not working on your computer right now. Restart your computer etc-contact your system administrator. I have just come across this feature after 1 1/2 yrs and it probably never worked . Oh yeah and when I start up my laptop- screen is upside down in the projection format(holding down the fn and f4 key enables me to rightside up the screen--) HP sucks. Any other ways to capture a screen --forget the prt sc that doesnt work either
Left by Zooboo on Jan 27, 2012 10:29 AM

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This snipping tool looks good I want to try it.
Left by Free iTunes Gift Card Codes on Feb 22, 2012 4:20 PM

# snipping tools in win7 home basic
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myself win7 home basic, but i don't have snipping tools , how i install snipping tools
Left by Shanthi on Jun 26, 2012 3:53 AM

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nice your site
Left by hakking on Sep 23, 2012 7:32 PM

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I have Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit, I know Snipping tool is not included in this version. But is there any possibility so i that i can use the same snipping tool in my OS. Else advise me any other good snipping tool. Thanks if anyone helped me..
Left by Sham on Oct 02, 2012 12:39 PM

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