The Snipping Tool Captures Screen Shots in a Snap

In the past, people who had to take screen shots had several options, none of them great: paid software like Techsmith’s SnagIt, which works well but costs a pretty penny; or Alt-PrintScreen, which captures full screens but not individual windows or selected areas.

Now it’s a different story, thanks to the Snipping Tool found in Windows Vista (Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions only). It can capture full screens, individual windows, rectangles, or free-form selections.

To use the Snipping Tool, just do the following:

1. Go to Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and select Snipping Tool (see illustration)

2. Click the arrow by the New button and select a snip type from the drop-down menu.

Snipping Tool

3. Use your mouse to capture the snip.

This works in nearly all situations — except when you want a screen shot of a menu. To snip a menu, do the following:

1. Open the Snipping Tool by clicking the Start menu, then All Programs, then Accessories, and selecting Snipping Tool.

2. Hit the ESC button and open the menu you want to snip.

3. Click Ctrl-PrintScreen.

4. Click the arrow by the New button and select a snip type from the drop-down menu. Then use your mouse to capture the snip.

Once you’ve created your snip, you can save it by clicking the Save Snip button. Select a location to save it to, and you’re done!

Vista’s Instant Search Uncovers Information Wherever It’s Stored

If you’re on a pre-Vista operating system, you know how restrictive and clunky the old Microsoft search tool can be. Accessed as “Find” under the Start menu, the tool can’t look at the content within files and does not extend to emails.
Microsoft has taken that search tool and vastly improved its capabilities in Vista. Now called Instant Search, it’s accessed right from the Start menu and looks across file types, formats, and content to give you rapid access to the information you need. Now instead of looking separately for all the emails and documents associated with a particular project, you can bring them up in a snap. You don’t have to choose between wading manually through endless file trees or waiting as the search bar churns, finally spitting out “No result” to a file you know is lurking somewhere. Instant Search starts looking as soon as you start typing.

Instant Search is contextual, which means it will look first in the applications and files you access most frequently. And it will group results by the type of asset it finds – whether it’s a program, web site, document, or email. Click here to learn more about Instant Search: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/instantsearch.mspx
It’s a great little feature so don’t forget about it if you have already upgraded to Vista. If you haven’t, contact us to help create the right strategy for your business. Windows 7 will be released this fall and upgrading will only be possible if you are already running Vista. Contact CMIT Solutions to get started!