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How To Install or Enable the Windows Vista Snipping Tool

Windows Vista Once Installed / Enabled the Vista Snipping Tool Install Vista Snipping tool is a great free application bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7.  It’s easy to install and enable.  The Snipping Tool is great for taking screenshots or “snips” and then annotate, save, or share the image or snapshots of your screen.  Just follow these simple steps to enable it:

Enable or Install Windows Vista Snipping Toolgroo

Step 1: Click the Windows Start Button and click Control Panel

 

Enable or Install Windows Vista Snipping Tool

Step 2: Click Programs icon

 

Enable or Install Windows Vista Snipping Tool

Step 3: Click Turn Windows features on or off as highlighted above

 

Enable or Install Windows Vista Snipping Tool

Step 4 (Final step): Check the box Tablet PC Optional Components.

All done!  The Snipping Tool should now be installed in your Accessories Folder:

  • Windows Start Button
  • All Programs
  • Accessories
  • image Snipping Tool

 

Note: Windows 7 comes with the Snipping tool enabled, so the How-To above does not apply as you cannot disable it using the Windows Feature Menu/Options.  That being said, the Windows 7 Snipping tool is only available  in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate/Enterprise editions of Windows 7.  It’s funny how Microsoft didn’t include it with all versions as I feel it’s just as important as the Calculator or Notepad but whatever…

 

 

Disclaimer – All captures with the exception of the “SnagIt” capture below made using: SnagIt V8.2.3……… 🙂

SNIP of SnagIt V8.2.3 ABOUT information


23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. RJ  

    I struggled looking for this so you saved me a bunch of time! Love the step by step. Very easy to follow. Thanks for the write-up!

    RJ

  2. Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!

  3. OscarJJ  

    Keep em coming. Thnx!

  4. Thanks Oscar! And welcome to the site!

  5. Ashley  

    i cant find it on my computer:( HELP!

  6. JPT  

    no matter how many times i re-install the vista os, i always forget where this most versatile of apps is hidden. thanks, man.

    • Anytime JPT! I think the process is the same for Windows 7 also…??? Might need to do that write-up also I think?.?.?. Either way, your welcome!

  7. Nikky  

    haha wish you had of put “Note: Windows 7 comes with the Snipping tool enabled” at the begining. I should have read the article first before going off and trying to enable it when it was already enabled. Good thing its extremly easy and quick then to check out.

    • Hi Nikky… sorry about that 🙂 You know what is weird tho, at work it was DISABLED by default on my PC and everyone around me. I think IT did that to freak us all out. who knows.

      Good feedback however. I’ll update the article to say (FYI – go test it first, might already be on).

  8. Dai  

    Hi Steve, I have windows vista & tried to install ‘snipping tool’. I followed your step by step instructions. Upto ‘Turn windows features on or off’ it was perfect. I haven’t got ‘tablet pc optional components’. So, I am stuck. Thanks for your help and support. What can I do next??

    • Hi @dai — So you don’t have the box to check in Step 3?

      Are you running the latest Vista service-pack?

      • Dai  

        Hi Steve

        Thanks for your quick reply.
        I installed Vista in 2008 June. I know it is not the latest. I am trying to do some ‘printscreen’ shots for my shots. Students recommended the ‘snipping tool’. Any help is appreciated.
        Thanks & regards

        Dai

  9. Bruski  

    Not available on windows 7 starter? correct?

    • I did some digging and it looks like Windows 7 Starter doesn’t have the Snipping Tool. I guess that is why it is “Starter Edition” a lot of little features like that are left out.

      But there are third party apps you can use. Some people told me they use a tool called Snippy — but it hasn’t been updated in a long time.

  10. tess  

    I’m struggling to find this on my computer. I have “Windows 7 Starter.” Is it not on my computer? Your tutorial is awesome but I don’t have a folder for “tablet PC Option Components.”

  11. Jackie  

    I don’t have the ‘tablet PC option Components ” please help

  12. Art Ford  

    Steve, this didn’t work for me. I had disabled snipping tool but not by unchecking Tablets option.
    Do you have any other re-enabling method?

  13. Patrick Dreier  

    Hello!

    It is not usable The Windows 7 Startmenu. The Windows XP Startmenu are usable.
    What is for Snipping Tool in Windows XP?

    With king regards!

  14. nico  

    hey I cant find Tablet PC Optional Components.

  15. Patricck Dreier  

    Hello!

    Please insert Tablet PC Optional Compontents for Windows XP.

  16. Can you leave some simple instructions on how to use snip it. I am just learning and can’t figure it out. Thanks

  17. Anonymous  

    The new version for snagit dosn’t existing in free version.

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