Taking Screenshots in Windows |Screen Capture Software for Windows 7

Are you looking for some free tools to make screenshots in Windows 7? In this article, I will talk about a free tool that is part of Windows 7, called Snipping Tool.

Taking Screen Shot in Windows 7 Operating System

Taking screen shots in Windows 7 is very simple and easy job to do. There are two ways in which we can take a screen shot in Windows 7. The first method is to use Print Screen button on your key board to capture the image of the screen. The second method is to use the Snipping tool which is used to save a selection of current display. Let us see the two methods on how to take a screen shot in Windows 7.

Print Screen Method to take a screen shot

The first method of capturing a screen shot is the Print Screen method.
  • Simply press the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard to take a screen shot of the entire screen. This button is sometimes labelled as PRT SCR.
  • Press ALT + PRT SCR to take a screen shot of an active window.

  • These screen shots are not automatically saved but are copied into the clip board. To save the screen shot, we need to load a photo application like MS Paint and press CTRL + V to paste the image (or go to Edit > Paste from the menu).

    The Print Screen method may be useful only to take screen shots of simple windows but will not be useful to take screen shot for may 3D games and you have to use special software designed to work with DirectX and OpenGL.

    Snipping Tool to take screen shot in Windows 7

    Another method of taking a screen shot in Windows 7 is to use the Snipping tool. To load the snipping tool, simply type Sniping Tool in to the Windows Start Menu search box and hit enter button or run SnippingTool.exe. Once the snipping tool has loaded, you will see the following window on the desk top.
    Snipping Tool in Windows 7 to capture screen shot

    Now you have to just click and drag a box around the area of the screen that you want to save as a screen shot. Once you release the mouse button after dragging the box, the image captured is shown in a larger snipping tool window as shown below:
    Snipping Tool in Windows 7 to capture screen shot

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    Guest Author: James16 Nov 2012

    Snipping tool is a very handy tool that Microsoft shipped with Windows 7 but not many people know about it. Almost everyone uses Print Screen to capture the screen and then use Paint brush to save the image.

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