Microsoft Snipping Tool allow you take a snapshot of your screen. With this tool you can capture all or part of your screen and draw on it with the built-in pens afterwards. The Snipping Tool is great for capturing and sharing stories.

After a snip is captured it is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window  where  you can save, edit, or share the snip.

There are a number of snip types to choose from:

  • Free-form Snip: Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip: Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip: Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box  to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip: Captures the entire screen

There is an improvement to the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 which features the new time-delay shutter option. This new features now allow screenshots of previously Un-snippable items  that involves mouse movements  like pop-up menus  to be taken.

How to use the Snipping Tool on Windows 10.

Step 1

Open the Snipping Tool. Select the Start   button, type “Snipping Tool“,  and select it in the search result. (No keyboard shortcut available).
Step 2

Click on the drop down menu next to New and select the type of snip you want. You will notice a faded screen immediately.


Step 3

Create your snip by drawing a rectangle or line around the area you want to capture if you chose free-form or rectangular. Your snip will automatically be created if you chose window or full-screen.
Step 4

Click the Save button to save your screenshot.

How to use the delay feature

To snip items like pop-up menus on  Windows 10 click on Delay to choose a delay time from 0 to 5 seconds, then follow  steps 2 — 4 listed above.

However, unlike a regular snip, the screen will only fade out for you to create your snip after your chosen delay time. You can set up the screen for your snip within that time, so you can use your mouse to bring up the pop up you need to capture.