Do you ever struggle with trying to save, copy and paste images? Tried too many times and given up? Don’t despair…we are here to help and we are going to show you how to use the snipping tool. This fantastic little feature is part of the Office 365 suite and it is handy to know about.

  • Find the photo, image, document or web page you would like to snip. Let’s use the blog section on the BCS website as an example:


  • To use the snipping tool, go to the menu icon in the corner of your screen and start to type the word snipping tool – it will pop up. Select the snipping tool and this box will appear:


Click on New when you are ready to snip your document or image and ta-dah…there it is! Once you have snipped your document or image, you have the option to save it, copy it, email it or edit it. You can use snipping tool as many times as you like, so whether they are going into a Word document or an email, you know where to look now!

You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • 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, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen.

Happy snipping!


Did you find this information useful? Download or print out our PDF for yourself and staff members – it may come in handy! The Genius of Snipping Tool PDF

Would you like to see our other Microsoft ‘How to’ blog posts? Visit our dedicated blog section here.

Pick up the phone and call our helpful team on 01843 572600 if you would like any advice on using the snipping tool. We are always happy to help!

You can also read more about using the snipping tool by clicking on this link here.

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