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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 13
CHAPTER 13
Making the Most of Your Computers
Accessories
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If you haven’t already noticed, let me be the first to tell you that Windows Vista has
more accessories than you’ll probably ever use. Hidden among all those accessories
are some true gems, including the Snipping Tool, a handy utility that you can use to
capture screens and windows, and Windows Speech Recognition, a program you can
use to dictate documents and control programs using your voice and a microphone.
You’ll find plenty of extras for both laptops and Tablet PCs too, including the Mobil-
ity Center, Pen Flicks, Sticky Notes, Input Panel, and Windows Journal. You’ll also
find accessories for making your computer more accessible to the handicapped,
including the Ease of Access Center, Magnifier, Narrator, and On-Screen Keyboard.
Capturing Screens and Windows with the Snipping Tool
One of my favorite accessories in Windows Vista is the Snipping Tool. The Snipping
Tool captures any screen elements that you select, including text and images. A cap-
tured element is referred to as a snip, and you can insert snips easily into documents
and email messages.
Creating Snips
You can open the Snipping Tool by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Acces-
sories, and then selecting Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool starts in New Snip mode,
which is the mode for capturing snips. The Snipping Tool has four capture modes:
Free-form Snip
In Free-form Snip mode, you outline the area that you want to snip by drawing
freehand around it. You capture a snip in this mode by clicking and then drag-
ging to outline the area you want to capture.
Rectangular Snip
In Rectangular Snip mode, you outline the area that you want to snip by draw-
ing a rectangle around it. You capture a snip in this mode by clicking and then
dragging around the area that you want to capture.
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Window Snip
In Window Snip mode, you capture an entire window as a snip. You capture a
snip in this mode by moving the mouse pointer over the window that you want
to capture, and then clicking.
Full-screen Snip
In Full-screen Snip mode, you capture the full screen as a snip. When you select
this mode, the full screen is captured automatically.
Figure 13-1 shows the Snipping Tool in New Snip mode. From left to right, the but-
tons on the toolbar are used as follows:
New
The New button starts a new capture using the default mode or the last capture
mode you used.
Capture Options
The Capture Options button to the right of the New button sets the capture
mode.
Cancel
The Cancel button cancels the current capture.
Options
The Options button sets capture options.
You can capture a snip by following these steps:
1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then select Snipping Tool.
The Snipping Tool is displayed in the foreground, and the rest of the screen is
brightened automatically to make it easier to distinguish the Snipping Tool inter-
face elements from the background elements you are capturing.
2. Click the Capture Options button and select the capture mode you want to use.
3. Capture your snip. As Figure 13-2 shows, you capture a rectangular snip by
clicking and then dragging around the area that you want to capture.
4. When you release the mouse button, the Snipping Tool captures the snip and
shows the editing view. You can then use the editing view to edit the snip, as dis-
cussed in the next section, “Editing and Saving Your Snips.”
Figure 13-1. Using the Snipping Tool to capture windows and screens

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