Alternative to Snippet

Running Windows  7 Pro.  Snippet is a screen capture program which seems to come with Windows  7
It does the job but it is cumbersome to use.  
I'm looking for some program which can be invoked using a keyboard combination (something like ctrl-alt P)
and then I can click my mouse and drag it across the screen.

Q1.)   How would you execute Snippet by pressing a key combination?

Q2.)  What inexpensive (or free) software can be executed by a key combination and then capture any part of the screen?
 I don't need anything fancy, just screen capturing.

Thank you for your help.
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Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
Some versions of Office come with OneNote that has an awesome scree capture application. Windows+S to invoke. Really easy.
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Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
SnagIt is pretty comprehensive.  Great image editor for adding balloons, callouts, highlights, etc.
http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html

FastStone Capture has served me well for fastndirty captures.  Gets contents of dropdowns etc that Snipping Tool won't.
http://www.faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Q1.) How would you execute Snippet by pressing a key combination?

You can set it up to launch on a hotkey by right-clicking on its shortcut in Accessories, then clicking the Shortcut tab, then enter the hotkey you want in the "Shortcut key:" box. I configured mine for the numeric keypad minus sign:

Snipping Tool shortcut key
Q2.) What inexpensive (or free) software can be executed by a key combination and then capture any part of the screen? I don't need anything fancy, just screen capturing.

There are many programs, free and inexpensive, that can do what you want. An excellent free, open source one is Greenshot, published at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenshot/

And here is its own website:
http://getgreenshot.org/

You can create screenshots of a selected region, a window, or screen. You can annotate, highlight, and redact screenshots.

A very popular non-free, but reasonably priced, one is TechSmith's Snagit:
http://www.techsmith.com/

Regards, Joe
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jcimarronCommented:
donpick --
SnagIt is great but not free.

FastStone Capture also is not free. But there is an old version of FastStone Capture which is free.  
http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/mmedia/FastStoneCapture.html

But the main reason I use either is that they capture screen shots above or below the open window which Snipping Tool (free) (not Snippet )does not.  

What is it you find cumbersome about Snipping Tool?  You can create a keyboard shortcut to open Snipping Tool in the same procedure you would create any keyboard shortcut.  Right click on snippingtool.exe|Create Shortcut which will be created where you want--like Desktop.  Now right click the Shortcut and in the Shortcut Key line enter a letter or number or character.  You now can open Snipping Tool by clicking Control+Alt+whatever you have set.

You should find snippingtool.exe in C:\Windows\System32
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Another idea is to use the PrintScreen key (some keyboards call it PS, PrntScrn, PrtSc, etc.). Support for it is built into Windows. If you hit PrintScreen, it captures the entire screen; if you hit Alt-PrintScreen, it captures the focus (active) Window. Then you simply Paste (Ctrl-V) into any imaging program to crop it. IrfanView is excellent (free!) imaging software that I've been using for many years:
http://www.irfanview.com/

I recommend the Brothersoft link to download it:
http://www.brothersoft.com/download-irfanview-6224.html

This will download a single install file called <iview438_setup.exe> with no adware and no junk! Just run the setup file.

After using PrintScreen or Alt-PrintScreen to capture what you want, run IrfanView, hit Ctrl-V, then use the mouse to select the portion of the image you want, and click Edit>Crop Selection. Do a Save As to a JPG, BMP, PNG, or whatever format you prefer — IrfanView supports a wide range of graphics file formats.

Btw, here's a very interesting EE thread on the same subject that I participated in earlier this year:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Q_28345802.html

Regards, Joe
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MysidiaCommented:
Techsmith Jing can also be invoked using a Hotkey.
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing-capture-hotkey.html

The free edition of their software can capture screenshots and perform video  screencasts up to 5 minutes;  it can also upload to screencast.com  and quickly provide you a link to the URL (or filename)  to paste.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
One other thing: this EE article, How to Embed Screenshots in Posts, has additional information on the Snipping Tool and PrintScreen key. Regards, Joe
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donpickAuthor Commented:
Lots of good ideas!     Special thanks to Mr. Winograd who took the time to give me a graphic showing me how to do something.  That's what I need.  I pay for this site each year so I want really comprehensive answers.  Thanks to all who wrote.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome. Happy to help. Regards, Joe
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