Screen shots are much like taking photographs for evidences. Suppose your PC showed an error, when you discuss it with your friend or a techie across the internet to assist you in solving the error, it would be good if you can show them exactly how the error showed on your screen. The provision for taking screen shots in Vista computer helps you to take screenshots of the errors on your PC or any other page that you want help with. These can then be shown to the tech support personnel to make him better understand the issues or bugs in your PC.
To create a screenshot in earlier versions of windows operating systems, you needed to use the print screen key and a graphical program like Photoshop or Paint. But, the new
program called ‘the Snipping Tool’ in Windows Vista operating system makes this task of taking screen shots very easy and simple. Screen shots of the entire screen can be obtained with the Snipping Tool, also screen shots of a specific window, a free form shape or any other selected rectangle of your choice can be obtained with the Snipping Tool.
If you are wondering how to use this Snipping tool to start capturing screenshots from your own system, here’s how the tech support team instructs you to use it.
- Open the “Start” menu or the “Windows orb” button shown at the bottom left corner of your Windows Vista screen, go to “All Programs” and open the “Accessories” folder. From this folder, select the “Snipping Tool” option.
- From the window, select the button named “New” and click on any of the options Free-form Snip,” “Rectangular Snip,” “Window Snip” or “Full-screen Snip.” The Free-form option or the Window Rectangular option lets you to draw a part of the screen with your mouse that you want to take snap shot. Then click on the window to capture a Window Snip and select to activate the Full screen Snip option.
- If you want to write or draw over the screenshot, use your mouse in the Snipping Tool window. When you are finished with making the screen shot as you want to show it, click the “Save Snip” button to save your snip. This saved screenshot can then be shared via email or any other method.
So, that’s how the tech support team instructs to take screen shots in Vista.