Software & Apps Windows How to Make a Screenshot in Windows and Mail It Capture your screen view and share it by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on May 02, 2020 Hero Images/Hero Images/Getty Images Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Screenshots come in handy when you're working with technical support and need a picture of your screen to troubleshoot a problem. Screenshots are also an easy way to share a picture of the information on your computer screen. It's easy to share screenshots with others using tools in Windows. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. Take a Screenshot With the Windows Snipping Tool The Snipping Tool is a quick way to capture screenshots of windows, full screens, or selections of a screen. After you grab a screenshot, send it to someone in an email message. On the left side of the Windows taskbar, select Start to open the Windows Start menu. In Windows 8, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and select Search. In the Search box, enter snipping tool. In the Search results, select Snipping Tool. Select the Mode dropdown arrow. Select the type of screenshot you want to capture. Select the area you want to capture in a screenshot. Select Save and choose where you want to save the screenshot. By default, the screenshot is named Capture. Change the name before saving, if you choose. If you plan to use the Snipping Tool frequently, save time by pinning it to your taskbar. Take a Screenshot With Windows Snip & Sketch In Windows 10, the Snip & Sketch tool lets you grab screenshots of windows, full screens, or selections that you can send in an email message. Type "snip" into the Windows search box. Select Snip & Sketch under Apps. The Snip & Sketch window will open. Select New in the upper-left corner. Select the mode you want to use in the Snip & Sketch bar that appears at the top of the window. Options include Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip. Select the area you want to capture in a screenshot. Select Save in the upper-right corner of the window and choose where you want to save the screenshot. By default, the screenshot is named Annotation along with the date and a sequential number. Change the name before saving if you choose. Email a Screenshot With Outlook No matter what email service you use, the screenshot you saved from the Snipping Tool can be sent as an attachment in an email. If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email service, create and send a screenshot from within an email message. Open Outlook and select New Email to open a new email message. Enter the recipient in the To field, enter a subject in the Subject field, and type your message. Place the cursor inside the body of the email message where you want to add a screenshot. On the ribbon, go to Insert. In the Illustrations group, select Screenshot. The Available Windows gallery appears and shows screenshots of all currently open windows. Choose the window you want to insert. Or, select Screen Clipping at the bottom of the gallery to snip a part of the window you were viewing before you opened Outlook. Outlook adds the screenshot to your email message. Format the image as needed and finish the email. Select Send to mail the message with the screenshot.