07 January 2011

Scrappy Genealogist Learns to Blog - Taking a Screen Shot in Windows 7

Learning to blog has encouraged me to add many new skills to my toolbox. Today I finally figured out how to take a screen shot. This probably seems quite simple to most, but was challenging for me. Now that I have done it myself, I would like to share this trick with you in case you are similarly mystified.

Taking a Screen Shot in Windows

As you know, I love to edit photos. Providing a screen shot, a picture or capture of my computer screen, while editing a photo would help me explain the process. These directions apply only to Windows 7. If you run another operating system, just search Google for how to take a screen shot in your operating system. 

1. Go to the page of which you would like to take a screen shot. This could be a web page, a program page (such as Lightroom or Microsoft Outlook) or even your desktop. 

2. Once there, click on Start then All Programs then Accessories. Under Accessories, choose the Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool will open and the screen you wish to capture will appear grayed out. 

3. Using the cursor, drag the area you wish to capture. Instantly a window will pop open displaying the area you have selected.

4. Within this window there are several tools for editing your screen shot or capture; highlighting, writing with different pens and erasing.

5. Once you are satisfied with your screen shot, you can copy it, email it or save as any of the following file options; png, gif, jpg or htm.

The Snipping Tool is something I will use frequently so I chose to pin it to my taskbar. Just go to the Snipping Tool under Accessories, right click and choose Pin to Taskbar or pin to Start Menu. 

That's it. Pretty easy! Don't you think? 

Happy Snipping!

Scrappy Gen


  1. It worked! I snipped your information and it is all printed. Thank you. Nothing better than learning a little information at a time. More, hints please. Many thanks.

  2. Awesome! I have Vista and it worked! I have been wanting to learn an easy way to do this for sometime. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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