How to use the Windows Snipping Tool to capture menus and stuff you need to click on

The Windows Snipping Tool is a great little utility… almost as good as the screen capture features found in Mac OS X (I still prefer apple’s implementation of this feature).

Yet it might seem a bit hard to actually ‘snip’ certain items that we need to active either by hovering over them or clicking on them. ¬†Ex. Menus, combo boxes, hover effects, etc…

It turns out that it is actually quite simple, just do the following:

  • Launch the Snipping Tool
  • Hit Esc, or click cancel – basically get out of ‘snipping’ mode
  • Active the menu, combo box, or whatever it is that you want to take a snapshot of
  • Hit the PrtSc (Print Screen) keyboard button…
…and voila… your screen is frozen as it is, and you are free to snip away any section that you want :)