In this Help and Information tutorial you will learn how to capture screenshots using the Microsoft application: snipping tool, and how to capture screen shots on Macs using keyboard shortcuts.

For Windows

  1. Open Snipping Tool by..
    • a) Typing in "snipping tool" in your computers search box, then 
    • b) Click the snipping tool search result
    • Snipping Tool will look like this:

  2. Choose the type of snip you want by selecting an option from the Mode drop down menu. You have 4 options:
    1. Rectangular Snip 
      • click and drag your cursor to create a rectangle around the portion of the screen you want captured. Release the cursor to complete your screen capture
    2. Window Snip
      • hover your cursor over the window you want to capture ( you will see a red box around the window). Click the screen to capture the window
    3. Full-screen Snip
      • your entire screen will automatically be captured

      • Note: If you have 2 screens, both screens will be captured in this mode

  3. To create a new Snip, click the New button. Note: There will be a screen overlay indicating that the snipping tool is active
    • Note: If you've made a mistake, click the Cancel button to cancel the snip and create a new snip
  4. You will see a preview of your screen capture once you've completed your snip. To save the screen capture, click the Save icon
  5. If you plan on attaching the screenshot to an email (Outlook), Directly send the screenshot through email by...

    • a) Clicking the Send Snip Icon

    • b) Outlook will be opened with a new email and the screen capture attached

How to capture pop-up menus

One way you can capture pop-up menus that disappear when you click out of them, is by using the Delay feature in Snipping Tool

  1. Set a delay time by selecting the amount of seconds it will take you to open the pop-up menu
  2. A screen capture will automatically be snapped after the delay time

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For Mac

To take a picture of your entire screen

  1. Press Shift + Command + 3
  2. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop as 'Screenshot.png'

To take a screenshot of a selected portion 

  1. Press Shift + Command + 4
  2. The pointer will change to a crosshair. Click and drag the crosshair over the area you want to capture
  3. Release your mouse or trackpad to complete the snapshot
  4. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop as 'Screenshot.png'

To take a picture of a window

  1. Press Shift + Command + 4, you cursor will turn into a crosshair
  2. Press the spacebar. The cursor will turn into a camera
  3. Hover over a window to highlight it. Click your mouse or trackpad to capture the window
    • Press the Esc (escape) key to cancel the snap shot
  4. Your screenshot will be saved on your desktop as 'Screenshot.png'

How to take screen captures on an IPad

Follow these steps to learn two ways you can take a screen capture on an IPad

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