Tame your computer – it’s a snip!

29 May

Some time ago I made you fall in love with Windows 7’s easy way to capture, edit, save and share snippets of your screen (see tip 386 if you missed it). As I seem to be using it more and more, I’ve given it its own keyboard shortcut.

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click the Snipping Tool in the Start Menu. (If you cannot find it in the Start menu, simply type Snipping Tool – or snip – in the search box. See tip 327 if you don’t know about this functionality.)
  2. Select Properties from the drop-down list.
  3. Click in the Shortcut key box.  (No need to delete what’s there.)
  4. Press any keyboard combination you will find easy to remember. (I’ve set mine as CTRL + ALT + S, so it won’t interfere with the normal CTRL + S keyboard shortcut, saving files.)
  5.  Click OK.

In future, press the keyboard shortcut that you assigned, rather than first having to open the Snipping Tool.

See tip 345 to find out how to assign keyboard shortcuts to symbols or special characters in Word.

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