04.06.2012 in Notepad

OSX Screen Capture Shortcut in Windows

A big feature of OSX that I love is its built in keyboard shortcuts for using the screen capture tool. Doing a full screenshot in Windows is easy, just press the Print Screen (PrtScn) button. But if you would like to take just a partial screen capture it’s not as easy. The Snipping Tool, built in to Windows 7, optionally for Windows Vista, and via this app for earlier versions of Windows, allows you to do just that. But it is not assigned to a shortcut key(s) from the start. To do this yourself simply find the exe %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe and right-click on it. Once open, click the shortcut tab, click the Shortcut key: field and press your shortcut key(s). I assigned mine to the same as OSX, Shft+Alt+4.

  • http://typomakesgraphics.com John – TYPØ

    Great tip!

    It’s sad that the Windows key is normally my CMD key in OS X on my Hackintosh. Sure I like that I can open programs via WIN + Shift + Number, but I’d rather open Snipping tool the exact same way I do in OS X. Oh well, I suppose I’m just picky yet you can’t win them all.

    Sfht+Alt+4 is close enough…

    Thanks.

    -TYPØ