Snipping Tool

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Snipping Tool
A component of Microsoft Windows
Snipping Tool Vista Icon.png
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Snipping Tool in Windows 10
Type Screenshot software
Included with
Also available for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Snipping Tool is a screenshot utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. Snips can then be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file) or an MHTML file, or e-mailed. Snipping Tool allows for basic image editing of the snapshot, with different colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.

Before Windows Vista, Snipping Tool was included in Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. It was originally released as a PowerToy for the Microsoft Tablet PC launch on November 7, 2002.

Windows 10 adds a new "Delay" function, which allows for timed capture of screenshots.[2]

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  1. ^ "Snipping Tool". Microsoft. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Capture pop-up menus with Windows 10's new delayed Snipping tool". CNET. Retrieved 18 August 2015.