With Windows 7 Snipping tool it is very easy to capture , edit and share screenshots of any portion of your screen . This tool was also included in Windows Vista, if you are one of those users who are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, then this post is for you.
Note: This tutorial is for only those users who are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 and have never before used Windows Vista.
You can launch it from Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool. Here is screenshot showing how it looks when launched.
It provides you option like Windows Snip(Snip a whole window), Full-screen Snip (snip the whole screen), Rectangular Snip (snip a rectangular area) and Free-form Snip(snip the particular area drawn as a freehand outline with your mouse). You can launch all these options by clicking New drop down button, as shown in following screenshot.
Choose the one which suits your need and it will snip the area of your screen accordingly.
Now, you can send this image as an email or attachment by using Send Snip as shown in following screenshot. You can also draw and highlight the screenshots by using their respective buttons. To save it on your local drive, hit Save button and then choose destination and the image format to save in.
It lets you save images in png, jpeg, gif and single HTML formats, although it is a very simple tool you will find it very handy and useful. Enjoy!