Windows has a built-in screenshot tool called the Snipping Tool. These instructions include steps for finding the tool if you do not have a shortcut on your PC. Interestingly enough, you will note in newer versions of Windows that a new tool is available (I assume to replace this one) called Snip & Sketch.
To open the Snipping Tool:
- Arrange the work on your Windows Desktop if necessary to obtain the best image of it
- Click in the Search box in the Task Bar
- Type snip
- Left-click on Snipping Tool which will appear in the list of search results
To use the Snipping Tool:
- Left-click on the New button on the Snipping Tool menu
- Left-click drag a marquee around the area on your screen that you want to capture in your screenshot
- The screenshot (the area you selected in Step 2) will appear in the Snipping Tool window
- You can save the screenshot as a PNG (default), GIF or JPEG using the standard Save As options
The Snipping Tool offers some basic options such as a Pen tool and a Highlighter tool and is more than adequate for most tasks, however, I still prefer the awesome Greenshot as it offers additional options, such as the numbering option for annotating screenshots which you see frequently on images on this blog.
Be sure to have a look at the Insert Screenshot option in Word and PowerPoint!