In Windows Vista, there’s a utility known as the Snipping tool – for whatever reason the tool is fairly hidden unless you go digging. Type in Snipping at Start and the utility loads up. Snipping is helpful for capturing screens. You can find more on Snipping here . I know there are other tools on the market for screen shots but this one is free and if you end up on different laptops like I frequently do, you can’t always install every utility you like. I found Snipping a few months ago when I was admiring partial screen captures Antony Marcano shared with me using a tablet PC. I’ve been using Snipping frequently the last couple of months.