How to use the Snipping Tool in Windows 8 to capture a Screenshot

Description: This article will show you how to use the Snipping Tool to capture anything on the screen on your Windows 8 computer.

  1. Press the Windows Key on the keyboard to bring up the start screen.
    Keyboard, Windows Key
  2. Use the keyboard to type the in the phrase Snipping Tool. Windows 8 will do an automatic search and will display the results on the left. Click on Snipping Tool.
    Windows 8 Search, Snipping Tool App
  3. Once opened, click the New button in the Snipping Tool window to create a new screenshot. There are many different ways to capture, but the easiest is Rectangular Snip. This allows the selection to be manipulated in a rectangular fashion around the object to be captured.
    Desktop Screen featuring Snipping Tool
  4. Once selected, the cursor will form a set of crosshairs, meaning the selection process is ready to begin. Click and hold in top left corner of the object to be captured, and drag the mouse to the bottom right corner. This will turn the object from opaque, to solid, giving a visual confirmation that it was successfully selected.
    ESET Item Selected for Snip
  5. When the mouse is released, a window containing a preview of the captured image will appear, providing the option to either re-capture the image or save it to the computer.
    ESET Item Snipped
  6. To save the image, click the Disk icon in the top left corner. Another option here would be to click on the two pieces of paper if you want to copy the snip to the clipboard or on the envelope if you want to email the snip as an attachment.
    Save Snipped Item