I think you’ll agree with me when I say: it is NOT easy to figure out how to take a screenshot on Microsoft Windows.

Well, you’ll be glad to hear that Windows does have a screenshot tool built in. And it’s really, REALLY simple to use once you’ve been shown how.

In this simple step-by-step guide with pictures, you’ll learn where to find this tool, how to use it and what you can do with your screenshots. Sound good? Then let’s begin…

Step 1: Where to find the screenshot tool

Click on the start button.

Then start typing ‘Snipping Tool’ until you see it appear in the top right hand corner of your screen like this.


If the Snipping Tool has opened correctly, then it’ll look like this.

You with me so far? Great 🙂

Step 2: How to use the screenshot tool

Click on ‘New’.

After you click on ‘New’, your arrow (often referred to as a cursor)…

…will turn into a crosshair like this

Press and hold the left click button while dragging the crosshair around the area of the screen that you’d like to screenshot, then release the button.

For example, below is a desktop with an Internet browser open in the top right corner.

If you wanted to get a screenshot of only what’s inside that browser, excluding the rest of the screen, then you’d drag your crosshair only around that portion of the screen, like this…

The result…

Perfect! Now to wrap things up 🙂

Step 3: How to use your screenshot

To save your screenshot, just press the disc icon like this…

And save it to your desktop…

Now it’ll appear on your desktop like this…

Now that it’s saved, you can attach it to an email, share it on Facebook, insert it into a Word document to print it, or use it like you would any other file.

That wasn’t too difficult was it? 🙂

Thanks for using Screenshot Helper!