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Snipping Tool (Windows 7 or higher)

With Windows Snipping Tool you are able to make screenshots. Below, a brief explanation and its possibilities.

You may also watch this short movie with instructions to do so.

  • Step 1

    Click the start button,  and type “Snipping Tool”. Start it.

  • Step 2

    This (tiny) window will pop up. There are 4 options available when clicking the arrow next to “New”:

    1. Free-Form Snip. Lets you choose the shape yourself using the mouse. This can also be a round shape.
    2. Rectangular Snip. This is a square / rectangle.
    3. Window Snip. This will create a screenshot of an open window.
    4. Full-screen Snip. This will create a screenshot of your entire screen.

    Select the option that you want.

  • In this guide, we choose “Rectangular Snip” as example. We will copy a picture of a website and paste it in Word.

  • Step 3

    Open the window with the image on it that you want to copy. In this example, we are going to copy the image of the flag of the website www.uu.nl/organisatie.


  • Step 4

    Click on the arrow next to “New” and select “Rectangular Snip”.

  • Step 5

    The screen gets a bit haze (gray). Now select what you want to copy (in this example: the flag).

  • Step 6

    The picture is now ready. You can now:

    • Save it (for example as JPG on your U-disk) for later use, or
    • copy it to the clipboard.

    In our example we will copy it to the clipboard, so that we can paste it into Word.

    Click the “Copy” icon (in red).



  • Step 7

    Open Word. Paste the image by:

    • Right-clicking the mouse where you want and click “Paste”, or
    • Press Control-V on the keyboard.

    You will see the picture now in your Word document.

Last modified: 6/09/2019

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