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Finally a built in free screenshot tool in Vista

Author: seven June 4, 2009

I’ve accidentally discovered that Vista comes with a nice little screenshot grabbing utility called Snipping Tool. Click on Vista orb down left and type in “snip” into “Start search” input. It sure isn’t feature packed as HyperSnap DX, but it comes in handy when you have to screenshot something in a hurry.


Btw, if you can’t see Snipping tool in your Vista, go to Control Panel / Programs and Features, click on Turn Windows features on or off, and make sure Tablet PC Components is checked. Why they put it there, I don’t know.

CEO/CTO at Nivas®
Neven Jacmenović has been passionately involved with computers since late 80s, the age of Atari and Commodore Amiga. As one of internet industry pioneers in Croatia, since 90s, he has been involved in making of many award winning, innovative and successful online projects. He is an experienced full stack web developer, analyst and system engineer. In his spare time, Neven is transforming retro-futuristic passion into various golang, Adobe Flash and JavaScript/WebGL projects.

    3 thoughts on “Finally a built in free screenshot tool in Vista”

  • Hold on for just a few more versions and it might even capture PrntScr (or god forbid Alt+PrtScr) keypresses and ask you where to save the image :)

  • I didn’t say it’s perfect tool, FAR from it. :) It’s Microsoft dood.

    It’s beyond me why they haven’t implemented hotkey support.

    Also iritating bit is window snip mode which only works for capturing whole window, and not elements inside of that window (eg. screenshoting only a video inside video player is not possible).

    Btw ZYT, I tought you are on UBUNTU?? ;)

  • I am, and the thing I talked about above is exactly how Ubuntu does it by default :)

    But I have a few virtual machines laying around just to test stuff out, we all know it’s a must for webdev :)

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