Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a screen capture utility included in Microsoft Windows. It can take 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. In a future update it will be replaced by Snip & Sketch.

The tool can be accessed by using the Windows key + Shift + S.