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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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Some versions of Office come with OneNote that has an awesome scree capture application. Windows+S to invoke. Really easy.
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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:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Q_28345802.html

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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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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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You're very welcome. Happy to help. Regards, Joe
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