Free Snipping Tool

Free Snipping Tool 5.6

Take screenshots of an entire screen or a specified area, edit and share them

Take screenshots of your desktop. Specify the area that you want to capture or create a snapshot of the entire screen. Use pencil and brush tools to draw in your screenshots, add text, lines, arrows, etc. Create a QR code of an image and include it in various documents, posters, or flyers. Share your screenshots via various social websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

If you wish to make a snip of the app you’re using, your desktop, or an image you just found on the Web, Free Snipping Tool offers you a free and extremely easy-to-use solution. All you have to do is “cut” the area that you want to include in your snip – then add text, free-hand messages, and some nice SmartArt and shapes, and save it as an image or share it to your favorite site straightaway.

Working with Free Snipping Tool is like capturing a custom area in a standard capture-screen application. You don’t have all the other tools that those programs usually offer regarding capturing the active window or the entire desktop, but you have other options instead. You can draw a square, a rectangle, or a circle on your snip before saving it, add text (either using the Text tool or a free-hand writing tool), lines, arrows, paint a certain area with the brush or the pencil, and even pick colors from the image itself and use them together with your palette.

There are two features that give this free tiny tool a special character. One of them is the option to generate a QR code of the latest snip you’ve created so that you can refer to that image from a document, poster, flyer, etc. The second is the possibility to share your snips to social sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, directly from the program just by selecting the right option from the share menu.

Free Snipping Tool is an uncomplicated utility designed to fulfill a very specific need, and that is how you should approach it. Don’t expect any sophisticated screen-capture functionality, just the basic tools to cut out a part of your desktop, add a personal message to it, and share it right away with your friends.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • Creates snips of anything your screen can display
  • Add text to your snips
  • Includes a free-hand writing tool
  • Share snips to social sites directly from the program
  • Turn your snip into a QR code


  • The info about the program in the official site is really scarce
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