Week 2: Screenshots

If you've ever wanted to save a "picture" of your computer screen, then you're in luck today! There are lots of ways to take screenshots, so rather than share just ONE tool today, I'm going to focus on two simple screenshot options. If you're interested in more options, be sure to check out the tools listed in the "Honorable Mention" section below!

*It is important to note that different devices (PC, Mac, tablets, smartphones, etc.) have different ways of taking screenshots. The information below will work on Windows computers that are running Windows 7. If you're looking for specific information on another device, this is a somewhat complete list of instructions.

Snipping Tool

If you're on a Windows desktop or laptop (Windows 7 or higher), you already have a simple screenshot tool on your computer! When you're ready to "grab a screenie", search for Snipping Tool.

As soon as you launch the Snipping Tool application and click NEW, your screen will "dim." Use your mouse to draw a selection of the area you want to capture. You can select Free-form snip, Rectangular Snip, Window snip, or Full-screen Snip by clicking the arrow next to the word New. Go ahead and try it now. We'll wait. If you want to learn more, click the button below to watch a quick video that demonstrates how easy the Snipping Tool is and what you can do with your snipped image.


I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again ... JING is one of my all-time favorite productivity tools. I use it daily. Seriously.

Jing allows you to easily capture images and videos and share them with others. It does require a download and you will need to register for it, but it's FREE and fabulous! Jing is available for Windows or Mac - download it here!

Once it's installed, the Jing tool (looks like a sun, so I call it JingShine) will appear at the top of your screen. It's there anytime you need it! This short video explains the awesomeness.

Today we're focusing on the screenshot, but you will hear more about Jing in the near future when I focus on screencasting tools (video screen capture!)

Classroom/Productivity Applications

  • Wordle is GREAT, but it doesn't allow you to save your design as an image. Take a screenie and you can use the image anywhere!
  • Error Message? Take a screenie and send it to your repair technician.
  • Student Portfolio - grab a pic of work or project and save it into a student folder
  • Create Tutorials - how to download Istation, how to access Discovery Streaming, how to create a new PowerPoint, etc.
  • Save an image and/or text from a webpage (copyright friendly, please!)
  • When you purchase something online, take a screenshot of the receipt rather than printing it out.
  • Lync chat - grab a screenie of a chat window to save the information
  • Want to use a cute font on your website? Create your text in Word or PowerPoint, take a screenie, save it as an image and post it on your site!

Honorable Mention

There are many, many great screenshot tools available. Although I highlighted the Snipping Tool (already installed, easy-peasy) and Jing (favorite tool ever), you may want to check out some of these other options as well:

  • Microsoft Office - there are built in Screenshot tools in Word, Outlook, OneNote, Excel, and PowerPoint on the Insert Ribbon.
  • Print Screen - most primitive tool, but it's built in to your computer. Click Print Screen key on keyboard (or Fn + PrntScrn on laptop). It doesn't look like anything happens, but a "screenie" of your entire computer screen has just been saved to your clipboard. You will need to paste it into another program to see it or edit it.
  • Snag-It (Great editing options, but $50)
  • Chrome Extensions for Screenshots: Screen Capture (by Google), Blipshot, and Full Page Screen Capture

What do you think?

What's your favorite screenshot tool? How do you use screenies?
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