Windows Vista and 7 has a very cool screen capture program called Snipping Tool that lets you take screenshots of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. You can snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touch screen). However, if you’re still using Windows XP like me, don’t be sad because there is Snippy, a cool portable screen capture tool for Windows XP.
Snippy doesn’t require any installation that’s why it’s called “portable”. You just have to download it, open the program and click the Snippy icon in the notification area. Your mouse cursor will change to a pen and you can now start to mark an area of the screen. That’s it!
You can use Snippy to take screenshots of anything on your desktop and just like Snipping Tool, you can snip a rectangular section or draw a freehand outline like this one:
Your screenshot will automatically be copied to the clipboard and you can paste it in other applications like MS Word, etc. You can also save the cut-out as an image by right-clicking on the Snippy icon and click Save As.
If you want to select a rectangular area, just hold down the Shift key while dragging. You can also customize the look of your cut-out images like the color of the border, etc. by right-clicking on the Snippy icon and click Settings. You can also change the hotkey for activating the capture mode; the default it F11.
Snippy is a very small program; just 84 KB. If you use “PrintScreen” a lot, this portable tool will make your life a lot easier!
* It works with Windows XP and older versions of Windows with GDI+ installed.