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Windows Vista: Snipping Tool the Built-in Screen Capture Utility

by Shivaranjan on August 19, 2007


Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, Business and Home Premium editions comes with a screen capture utility called Snipping Tool. With the snipping tool you have four options for screen capture and they are:

  • Free-form Snip: Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip: Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip: Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.


The Snipping tool can be found in Startmenu> Programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool. If you are not able to find the snipping tool then you need to install it.

How to enable or install Snipping tool?

1. Go to Startmenu> Settings> Control Panel> Programs and Features, here click “Turn Windows Feature on or off” in the left had sidebar.


2. Now in the window that pops up enable “Table PC Optional Components” check box, that’s it you have installed snipping tool.


Have you used this tool before? If yes did you find this utility useful?

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