The Print Screen key ("PrtSc" on the Lenovo X1 Yoga) has been used for years. Pressing this key essentially takes a picture of your entire screen and saves it to either your clipboard or OneDrive. This is a quick and easy way to share what is on your screen but what if you only want to share part of your screen? Microsoft's Snipping Tool is exactly what you need.
Snipping Tool is installed as a part of Windows and is easy to find via the search bar at the bottom of your screen:
Once opened, you have a number of options available to you. Clicking new will default to a rectangular snip and your cursor will change to a cross hair. You can drag your cursor to select whatever part of the screen you want to snip. Choosing the "Mode" button allows you to change to either a full-screen snip, free-form snip, or selecting a window to snip. Additionally, you can set your capture to start on a delay allowing you to screenshot something that needs to be hovered over in order to view.
After you've made your selection, your screenshot appears on a canvas that allows for a few additional options. You can use the pen tool to markup or annotate your selection. You can send your selection in an email or copy it to paste in a OneNote notebook, Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or anywhere else. Be sure to save your selection before closing the program.
Utilizing screenshots is a great way to document necessary steps for a process you want your students to complete. Show your students exactly what you need them to see by sharing a screenshot. Click here for more information on using Print Screen and Snipping Tool.
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