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How to take Screenshot with Vista Standard Snipping Tool

Whenever you compose posts for your blogs, you will need pictures to illustrate it and the most common method of taking screenshot is the ALT + Print screen command. There are many freewares to do the job. Vista has an in-build snipping tool to take screen shots. This feature in Vista might be turned off in some PC and Laptops, but you can activate it to take screen shots.

This program belongs to the tablet PC functions of Vista. You will need Administrator rights to enable this feature. Open Control Panel and select ‘Programs’ and ‘Program and Features’.

Program features

Click on ‘Turn Windows functions on or off’ and you can see various setting which can be turned on or off. Now select the check box beside Tablet PC optional Components.

windows features

To Open this tool, click start menu and type snipping and press enter. When this is opened for first time, it will ask you whether it should add the tool in the quick start.

snipping tool option

This tool has pretty good options as well, it offers free form, rectangular, Windows and full screen snip. There is also provision to select the background color. Once you snip the screenshot you can save it in graphic formats like JPEG.

This utility is available only in Vista Home Premium and Ultimate versions.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Aseem Kishore

    May 7, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Cool tip, thanks Nirmal. One issue, for some reason your pictures are not showing up in my RSS feed. Not sure if it’s a problem on my end or yours, but I can see pictures from other sites…just to let you know.

  2. Nirmal

    May 7, 2008 at 7:12 am

    @Aseem,
    Thanks for letting me know about the issue, I’ll check it.

  3. Venu

    May 7, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Yup screen capture is something that Microsoft has never built into the OS and even snipping tool is made available only to Premium and Ultimate customers..

    Its a nice tool, but image editing capabilities are quite limited and so are the upload options..

    Which tool do you use to capture images ?

  4. Nirmal

    May 7, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    @Venu,
    Generally I use ALT + Print screen and then edit in Photoshop. Now I have started using this Vista tool.

  5. Venu

    May 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Then I would definitely suggest you to use Jing. It can upload to your ftp server as well and should save a lot of time.

  6. Nirmal

    May 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    @venu,
    I’ll try it.

  7. techfreak2008

    May 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Nice info but….

    This tool is available in windows Vista Business edition too.

    I have been using this tool since last several months in Vista business edition with Service pack 1. Please update your article after verifying my claim, for the benefits of the readers.

    regards
    Techfreak2008
    http://techfreakindia.blogspot.com

  8. Silki

    May 19, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Nice share.
    But Nirmal, I have found that SnagIt is probably the best of them all, with its built it photo editor. I am using SnagIt 8, for quite some time now.

  9. techfreak2008

    May 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Snagit is not a Free , $30 tool.

    Paid software like Snagit ,Camtasia Studio should be used only when you really have a “dieing need “for it.

    In built Snipping Tool is good for those small tasks where you can do away with dedicated screen capture utilities.

    http://techfreakindia.blogspot.com

  10. Freak

    May 31, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hi Nirmal! I use this two apps to take screenshots:
    – Screen Grab 1.1 (http://no-nonsense-software.com/cgi-bin/redirect/cgirdir.exe?screengrab)

    – Simply Capture 1.3 (http://dpi.hypermart.net/scapture.htm)

    This apps are freeware,and easy to use.

    Greatings from Hungary

  11. Emily

    November 14, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    YAY THANKS SO MUCH!!! Life Saver!!!!!

  12. lauren

    July 8, 2009 at 6:39 am

    i followed you through everything until whenever the options come up with the check boxes beside them there is no Tablet PC optional Components. all the options in your picture is there on mine except that option. idk why but please help me i really need these screenshots.

  13. milena

    October 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Thank u a lot

  14. Alex

    December 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    i followed you through everything until whenever the options come up with the check boxes beside them there is no Tablet PC optional Components. all the options in your picture is there on mine except that option. idk why but please help me i really need these screenshots.

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