Snipping Tool Should Be Able to PRINT and RESIZE RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • I LOVE the snipping tool but it drives me nuts to have to SAVE a snip, just to print it. 

    The three things I want (and the two I know can easily be done) are are:
    1: add ability to print directly from snipping tool
    2: add ability to resize directly from snipping tool
    3: add ability to "scroll window" like Snagit

    Yes, I know item 3 is more difficult, but the first two should not be.
    Ian Matthews www.commodore.ca
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:46 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thank you for your suggestions. I will forward them to our internal team.


    Friday, May 29, 2009 9:37 AM
  • While your at it Robinson, could you please forward the issue of the command bar. Why is snipping tool's command bar different from the rest? Should be white like the rest. (For constancy)
    Friday, May 29, 2009 10:45 AM
  • Very nice ideas here :)
    Friday, May 29, 2009 10:46 AM
  • While your at it Robinson, could you please forward the issue of the command bar. Why is snipping tool's command bar different from the rest? Should be white like the rest. (For constancy)

    Thank you, I will
    Monday, June 1, 2009 7:07 AM
  • Robinson.

    Just in case it has been forgotten, in the beta, there was a wish for the ability to type text into the snipping tool rather than have to edit the saved image.

    Monday, June 1, 2009 7:52 AM
  • Robinson.

    Just in case it has been forgotten, in the beta, there was a wish for the ability to type text into the snipping tool rather than have to edit the saved image.

    LOL, thank you for your reminder, I have reported it to our feedback team.



    Friday, June 5, 2009 8:53 AM
  • I would like to add that we really would like the ability to print and type text. Doesn't have to be fancy but it's something that should be there. The printing is especially important because right now users have to save, load into another app, then print to PDF and then append. Would be nice to be able to print to XPS or PDF right away and not save any files. It just creates clutter and makes it harder for users who are not technical (as in not technical at all) And it would be really nice if this was not something I had to wait for in the next version of Windows. Eric
    Monday, March 15, 2010 9:16 PM
  • What's the status of adding a print feature to the Snipping Tool?   Looks like the request was 1st mentioned about a year ago.   This tool is great, but it's a major pain needing to save in order to print.  It seems a pretty basic feature - similar tools allow printing directly from the tool.   Thanks.

    Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:46 PM
  • Same here! This is an awesome tool......EXCEPT it needs a PRINT feature! I work in the IT. Dept. for my company and I use this tool a lot, but it drives me crazy that it doesn't have the capability to print! Please add this soon!Thanks!
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:42 PM
  • has it been fixed up yet? is it going to be?

    currently I'm using MWsnap3 which can print, resize and more but it's not being upgraded anymore.


    Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:23 PM
  • I have recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and I think the Snipping tool is brilliant and use it all the time, BUT I too would love a PRINT button !!
    Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:25 AM
  • I fully agree.  Snipping Tool should have ability to print.  Why would they leave the print functionality off?  Was it an oversight or a decision? 
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:11 PM
  • It's been a while, how about an update on this issue.
    Monday, April 11, 2011 3:58 PM
  • A useful tool but lacks a few tweaks

    Add my vote for the ability to add text and to print.

    Just checking back on previous posts, it looks as though these requests have been around for at least 2 years, is Microsoft listening?
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:20 AM
  • Got brought to this page after getting frustrated about no print option, a def feature it should have. 

    This being from 2009, any updates? shouldn't be too hard to implement.

    Monday, August 22, 2011 1:53 AM
  • BUMP!

    Printing is an important missing feature.  I love the snipping tool, but I really think MS should look at OSX (GASP! Not APPLE!! LOL) Grab utility or Snagit.  Printing, resizing, export to XPS/PDF, adding simple text boxes for commenting.  Just some additional basic features would make this tool awesome.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 10:19 PM
  • apparently it's to technically challenging!
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:27 PM
  • 2 years later and still no print despite multiple requests.  Maybe in another 2 years for a code change that would probably take 1 hour to write.
    Friday, September 30, 2011 4:17 PM
  • The Snipping tool without printing is like making a car without a steering wheel.  Really - is there a reason why Windows applications\features are not built like a cooperative tool suite like Office????  Thats really the goal of having them bundled with the OS, right?  native integration, more than just functional?  Otherwise why even include it when you have to install a third party app to get the job done.
    Friday, September 30, 2011 5:24 PM
  • Got brought to this page after getting frustrated about no print option, a def feature it should have. 

    This being from 2009, any updates? shouldn't be too hard to implement.

    Same here!  Brought to this page because of the frustration of a half-way good-enough tool.  Adding "Print" would be enormously helpful... and allowing capture of a scrolling screen would allow me to chuck SnagIt altogether.
    Thursday, October 6, 2011 5:40 PM
  • As a software developer (*not* employed by Microsoft) it is perfectly clear to me why the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 doesn't have a print feature. Same reason it doesn't have a native "save to PDF" feature or "save to Word" feature... it's beside the point. The program fills a very small niche: it was designed to capture a portion of the video display to the clipboard, no more, no less.  We can save the captured picture to one of a few graphics formats, and there are some rudimentary markup tools, but what we choose to do with that graphic afterwards is up to us. 

    Plus, think about how a typical 600x600-pixel window capture would look when printed.  At 300dpi, it would end up being about 2" x 2" -- a little box in the middle of the page (or worse, top-left corner).  Want to resize it larger?  Expect pixelation.  Want to resize and resample?  That's way beyond this little tool-let.  Even for full-screen capture at 1920x1200 resolution, you're still looking at only 6.5" x 4" on a printed page. 

    It ain't Photoshop -- it ain't even MS Paint.  Those other tools exist already, so why should MS redevelop the wheel?  This tool does exactly what it should do, and as a bonus includes a few basic markup tools (the quality of which is beyond the scope of this message).  I think typically you'd want to add some annotation such as arrows, highlighting, caption text, or to include the screen capture inside a document already being edited.  That's where those other tools excel already. 

    Perhaps what's really wanted would be MS Paint with the ability to capture portions of the screen.  It already prints and saves to a variety of file formats.

    • Edited by CGuru0550 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:16 PM
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:04 PM
  • But you don't have to SAVE in order to print.  The idea is to COPY the graphic image to the clipboard and then PASTE it into the document you're already presumably working on.  See longer post below... if you capture from a relatively low-resolution display device and then "print directly" to a much higher-resolution printer (say 72dpi vs. 300dpi), the result will be a tiny little image in the middle of the page.  Resizing to preserve detail would involve resampling, which is way beyond the scope of a free tool like this one.  See Photoshop's resize feature.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:21 PM
  • Printkey 2000 was a free tool, and actually still works on Windows 7, but our company has expressly forbade freeware like PK2K. It allowed resize, direct print, text markup, and rudimentary photo editing. Why can Microsoft not accomplish a direct print feature with the snipping tool is beyond me.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 4:22 PM
  • Hey CGuru0550, did you join Robinson on that island?  How is the technology there?
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:13 PM
  • print feature hello?

    Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:07 PM
  • WOW, Windows 8 Consumer Preview STILL has no improvements.  I don't want to be overly dramatic but I think this is unacceptable.  PLEASE pass this to someone on the Windows 8 dev team.

    An associate of mine came up with a good idea which would solve this easily.  How about having the snip go directly into PAINT and the CLIPBOARD rather than the SNIP GUI and the CLIPBOARD?

    Also, on the off chance someone at Microsoft wants the feedback, please read my short post on my site at http://www.urtech.ca/2012/03/windows-8-consumer-preview-was-a-big-disappointment/ 

    Ian Matthews www.urtech.ca  www.commodore.ca

    Thursday, March 1, 2012 5:45 PM
  • Since your snip is already in the clipboard just open paint and paste it. don't expect the software to think for you! That snipping tool is bloatware and should be gotten rid of anyway.
    Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:53 AM
  • Three things:

    1: Snipping tool is very useful Operating System function, not bloatware

    2: MS needs to enhance it as it is at the intial stages of its development

    3: I don't want to have the OS think for me, I want to have more features available faster and to avoid this tool from becoming bloatware, the notion of tieing into an existing app makes much sense.  Because it would still be in the clipboard you could still paste it anywhere else. 

    Ian Matthews www.urtech.ca www.commodore.ca

    Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:21 PM
  • You don't have to save the image to print it from Snipping tool...  

    After you capture the image, go to File and select send to E-mail receipient. 
    It will automaticly open up Outlook (asuming you have Outlook) select print from there.

    Exit/close Outlook.... without saving the image/email....

    Time - subject to how quickly your outlook program opens (mine about 4-5 nano seconds..give or take)

    Effort - three mouse clicks, capture, send, print...

    • Edited by dbl41 Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:56 PM
    Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:55 PM
  • Yes, I understand the options DBL41.  Yes, the effort is too much... because it is needless.  By your logic, we would all still be on horse back, because that also worked, pretty well. 

    This is simply an issue of improvement... not of failure. 

    Ian Matthews www.urtech.ca www.commodore.ca

    Friday, March 9, 2012 10:08 PM
  • First off I have no idea what you do or don't understand, not being a mind reader.

    I was responding to your original note May 27, 2009,

    "I LOVE the snipping tool but it drives me nuts to have to SAVE a snip, just to print it."

    You emphasized "SAVE” with caps.  I was merely pointing out that saving was unnecessary in order to print.

    Not so much for your personal benefit but for others who may be following this issue and may not have been aware.

    Your flippant response speaks to your character....we will let the viewers of this forum decide.

    • Edited by dbl41 Saturday, March 10, 2012 2:17 PM
    Saturday, March 10, 2012 2:17 PM
  • Thanks for your response DBL4;

    I responded in kind to your "flippant" "...about 4-5 nano seconds..." tone.

    I am not going to continue this conversation as it is now distracting from the point: Microsoft, please improve / enhance the snipping tool.

    Ian Matthews www.urtech.ca www.commodore.ca

    Monday, March 12, 2012 5:55 PM
  • I think the Snipping Tool is brilliant - there probably isn't a day goes by where I don't use it, and I agree with The Commodore that it should be enhanced in all the ways he talks about (although I'm not sure what 3: add ability to "scroll window" like Snagit means but I'm sure it would also be very good !).

    Printing especially - how hard can it be to add a print button ??

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:47 AM
  • I agree with the majority of the other posters. The Snip-it tool would be much more useful if you could print directly from the software. I can't believe that this discussion has been going on for over two years without anymore input from Microsoft. At our firm - there is a large need to print directly from the screen and you are adding quite a bit of time to someone's workload when they need to paste the item into a different application in order to print. Just my two cents......
    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:25 PM
  • It is disapointing to see that MS ignores it's customers and doesn't even respond. Too big for the little guy? The print function would be used far more than any of the other "Sniping Tool" options they did provide.
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 2:06 PM
  • Today is Earth Day (4/22/2012) and just imagine how much extra paper the print feature in the Snipping Tool would save. Get with the program Microsoft! Your too big and too slow.
    Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:50 PM
  • This suggestion was posed May 2009 and it is now May 2012. Is it really that hard to add a print button? Come on Microsoft, get with it.
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:54 PM
  • It's interesting - I'm not a technet user (not entirely clear on what that is actually).

    But I was googling for a solution to the lack of print as a feature in snipping tool. I *know* how to work around it, I'm proficient with Photoshop, etc. But I don't want to work around it, and shouldn't have to - print is an obvious feature for a tool like this. In the process of looking for a solution, I stumbled into this thread. I was excited to see that someone from Microsoft committed to getting this bug out to his team. "Great!" I thought, "It's 3 years later, this must be fixed, let me scroll down and see what the solution is."

    Nope. Not fixed. Microsoft heard the complaint, acknowledged it, and then disappeared, ignoring MULTIPLE requests for 3 years (and counting).

    What's the point of this comment? I'm clearly taking longer to voice my frustration here, than the extra step of working around this issue would have taken me a hundred times in aggregate. 

    Well, here's my point. Microsoft has been struggling on the customer relations / public image front for a few years now, and they've JUST been starting to turn that around. Their new products (the Surface) have had exciting product launches, their teams have started being more "user aware", and they're starting to get back a bit of their mojo. I wasn't even considering Windows 8 until a few months ago when my perception of Microsoft started to change for the better.

    But seeing their behavior in this thread has brought me back to reality. Their image marketing is just that - marketing. I'm realizing that this isn't REALLY a company that cares about its user's experience, it's just a company that wants to be SEEN to care about its user's experience. If they can't make a 30 minute tweak to a relatively simple Windows accessory after 3 years of multiple people asking for it - then I have no faith in this company, period. I'm off the notion of transitioning to Windows 8. Good luck Microsoft, you had me excited, briefly, but such blatant disrespect for your users has shifted my impression of you back into one of a company that is slow moving, unresponsive, and poor at iterating efficiently.

    • Edited by r-hill Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:30 PM
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:28 PM
  • Yep, Snipping Tool STILL NEEDS a print key.

    I use the tool frequently instead of installing 3rd party software (Printkey 2000 was very good), and when I want to print something on my screen I do go through the process of saving (to the desktop), opening the file, THEN printing it, and finally deleting the desktop file, but all that should be unnecessary.

    Maybe I will go back to Printkey 2000 which I still have available in my huge folder of downloaded files.

    Monday, July 16, 2012 11:50 PM
  • Print button please. I would be REALLY nice.  Other picture capture programs have it.
    Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:02 PM
  • Hi, I use the snipping tool all the time, and that's why I need some extra features, because the extra clicks and waits disrupt my flow.  Mainly, it's too much work to copy to clipboard, start paint (or paint.net in my case), paste, resize, copy then paste again into my email, sequence I do a lot.

    What I would really like is a quick resize button.

    Why can't I just write a plugin in C# to extend snipping tool and do it myself?  As far as I know, that's not possible, but I think it should be.



    Thursday, September 6, 2012 6:33 PM
  • Hi,

    Thank you for your suggestions. I will forward them to our internal team.


    So it's been 3.5 years.  When can we expect these changes to be implemented?

    The three things I want (and the two I know can easily be done) are are:
    1: add ability to print directly from snipping tool
    2: add ability to resize directly from snipping tool
    3: add ability to "scroll window" like Snagit

    Yes, I know item 3 is more difficult, but the first two should not be.
    Ian Matthews www.commodore.ca
    Friday, October 26, 2012 2:04 AM
  • Still waiting for a Print option in the Snipping Tool!

    I have found that the quickest way to print is to use the Tools-Options-Always copy snips to the Clipboard option and then open Paint.NET and hit Ctrl+Alt+V to paste as new image then Ctrl+P to print and not save anything…

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:03 PM
  • Nearly 3 years since the above post and nothing has been done about this?  Just seems lazy to me MS your losing ground in the OS war you should be getting on this - its the little things like this that annoy people everyday that matter.

    I work for a Medical Clinic and the biggest complaint I get from our providers, nurses, PAs, and other staff is that the Snipping tool lacks the following abilities:
    To do a direct print without having to open Word or something to paste into.

    Resize a snippet so that it fits inside EMR Notes, an email, document, Cisco Japper or Microsoft communications properly.

    The inability to do more than freehand scribble - Add the ability to type notes in Arial, Times New Roman, or Courier on the snippet.

    inability to circle and connect things in the snippet neatly rather than using the freehand pencil tool which just makes the image look like a kindergartner crayola drawing - not really the professional image we go for around here.

    1: Add the ability to do direct printing of the snippet
    2: Add Typing Tool (at least arial, times new roman, and courier so each type of font is present)
    3: Add Basic Shapes Drawing (circle, square, arrow would be sufficient for most peoples tasks)
    4: Add ability to Resize the snippet
    5: Add ability to Rotate the snippet
    6: Save optimized version of snippet

    Not sure anyone really needs to be able to 'scroll window' but it would be nice.  The above are actual needs because our previous tool Gadwin that we use in XP does these plus many other cool things.

    I personally end up having to load the snippet into Photoshop to do these basic things everytime, others say that they kinda get around using Paint but it is annoying to have to paste it into Paint or word to get just basic usefulness out of the tool.  These basic additions to the program would save countless hours of time from people having to copy them into another tool, then edit it, then recopy the image so they can put it in an email with some basic circles and arrows to point out an ordered procedure or something.  The snipping tool is a great tool but what was the point of offering it if it is ever going to do is the same thing as the "print screen" button with crop.  Don't bloat it like everything else just add the basics so something more professional than a toddler's refrigerator sketch can be made.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:03 AM
  • So here we are over 5 years later since this post started, and the snipping tool still reminds me of that which remains in its infancy. REALLY??!!!!    No BASIC options for anything useful like print, resize, notate/text box, cropping, scrolling, etc....and how about another feature that would be extremely helpful...the ability to capture multiple screen shots and create groups? This would not only benefit those folks that posted previously, but also those of us in IT who are documenting procedures and need speed/efficiency. Microsoft claims to be the leader in technologies when it comes to their OS and capabilities, yet third party vendors have apparently gotten this one nailed. Come on MS, is this really the best your development team can do? Are you trying to tell us that you don't have the knowledge or skills to make something simil
    • Edited by SOC7 Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:37 AM corrected spelling errors
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:33 AM