The Windows 7 SNIPPER TOOL that allows you to take a snap shot of a portion of your screen is a wonderful tool. One of my favorites in Windows 7. Thank you, Microsoft. Nearly all of the screen shot images I have used in this blog were captured using it.
The Snipper, however, has limitations. For one it can’t capture all of my 37″ horizontal screen space. It also, inexplicably, does not have an UNDO … you having to use the eraser for that purpose. There is also no PRINT option in the FILE menu. And if you want to be real picky … you can’t change the highlighter color! Yellow, as far as I can make out, is the only choice, though you can change color on the pen.
HOTKEY ASSIGNMENT & CLIPBOARD
Though it may not be obvious you can have a HotKey, say F7, to invoke Snipper.
Go to the Windows 7 START button. Then All Programs > Accessories > Snipper Tool. RIGHT CLICK. Get properties. You will see a SHORTCUT tab. Off you go. Bob is your uncle.
I can also tell you that Snipper automatically (like Prt Scr) saves its content in the ClipBoard. So you can IMMEDIATELY paste it into another document (say PowerPoint). That is useful.
But assigning the Snipper to a key isn’t going to make it into Prt Scr (Print Screen).
Why? Because the Snipper, by design and per its charter, is a 2-step (some would even say 3-step) operation. Invoke, select screen area to be snipped … then save or paste.
The 2nd step, i.e., selecting screen area, can get in the way of what you are trying to capture.
PRT SCR & SNIPPER IN TANDEM
Prt Scr, which captures all of your displayed screen area, is, however, a 1-click operation.
That 1-click operation is handy when you want to capture stuff without in any way interfering with what is on the screen.
So here is what I have gainfully done a few times of late.
I first use PRT SCR. I then use CTRL+V to paste the image into a PowerPoint slide. (Yes, when it comes to PRT SCR it is easier to use PPT than Word).
Then I use SNIPPER on the pasted image!
SNIPPER is all set up to save in JPEG. Yes, I can save PPT in JPEG as well … but it requires more work.
So using SNIPPER makes the JPEG creation easier.
Just a tip. I have used it. Works well. So wanted to share it with you.
Have a GREAT Christmas. Cheers.