A picture says a thousand words. As a blogger, I find that it always adds a little zest if my posts have some pictures.
When I first started blogging, I really didn’t know how to take a snippet or area screenshot of just a certain area of the screen. It took me a quick search to discover the method and I’ve been taking advantage of the tool ever since. It occurs to me that I’ve been taking advantage of this simple tool and many of you may not have discovered or made use of it yet.
Being able to take a snippet screenshot is really useful in many situations. You can combine different images to create some banners or you can take a screenshot of a portion of your screen to include images with a tutorial.
Enable Snipping on Windows
It’s a little bit trickier on Windows than on a Mac. So, I’ll talk about that first.
Windows has a snipping tool that is built in. However, the default method to use it requires going through the menus to activate the tool. The best way to set it up for ease of use is to assign it a shortcut key.
In order to do this, you want to open the properties on the snipping tool.
go to Start>Accessories>Snipping Tool right click on it and select properties.
When you open that menu, you will see one of the tabs for a shortcut. Just go to the tab and select your desired shortcut key. You can select a combination of keys such as ALT+0.
Now, whenever you hit your shortcut key, you will be able to take an area screenshot.
Snipping on a Mac
On a mac, there is already a built in shortcut for the snipping tool. I bet you didn’t know that!
So, if you hit the shortcut keys, Apple+Shift+4 it produces crosshairs that can be dragged to grab just a portion of the screen. This way you can capture any area of your screen.
Now, here’s another nifty trick. After you hit Apple+Shift+4, if you hit the spacebar, it will capture the screen of any open window. That’s a nice addition to the traditional screenshot commands.
That’s all there is to it. With these couple of tools, you can take a bunch of quick area screenshots and put them up on your blog quickly. If you need, you can take you image editors and piece together several different shots and customize your images as well.