Snipping Tool

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Snipping Tool
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Snipping Tool in Windows 10
Snipping Tool in Windows 10
Initial releaseNovember 7, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-11-07)
Operating system
Replaced bySnip & Sketch (October 2018)[2]
TypeScreenshot software

Snipping Tool is a Microsoft Windows screenshot utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take still screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. Snips can then be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file) or an MHTML file, or e-mailed. Snipping Tool allows for basic image editing of the snapshot, with different colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.

Before Windows Vista, Snipping Tool was included in Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. It was originally released as a PowerToy for the Microsoft Tablet PC launch on November 7, 2002.

Windows 10 adds a new "Delay" function, which allows for timed capture of screenshots.[3] It was replaced by Snip & Sketch in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update but it is still available in October 2018 Update. Microsoft says that it will be removed in a future update.

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  1. ^ "Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots". Support. Microsoft. September 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Chen, Jennifer. "Find out what's new in Windows and Office in October". Windows 10 Blog.
  3. ^ Purewal, Sarah J. (June 30, 2015). "Capture pop-up menus with Windows 10's new delayed Snipping tool". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 18, 2015.