Windows 7 has so many powerful new features it is easy to overlook some of the innovative smaller additions.  One of those is the Snipping Tool.  This little tool is the Windows XP Print Screen function on speed!

First where is it hiding?  Go to Start >All Programs >Accessories > Snipping Tool. 

Second, to create a shortcut on your desktop or the taskbar, right click and drag the icon to either location.  You will want to keep this tool readily accessible.

Third explore the options to capture and edit your screen captures. Capture options include Free-form, Rectangular, Window or Full-screen.  Once you have captured a screenshot, check out the editing options.  The Snipping Tool image can also be saved in a variety of formats.

This tool is in both the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7, but if you have the 64 bit version you have some other new options in Print Screen which may be material for another tip.  In the meantime, Happy Snipping!