Windows Snipping Tool Gone

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Somehow, my very useful Windows Snipping tool had disappeared from my computer. No trace of it. I know there are others and there will be others so if you find yourself in a similar situation, just follow these steps:

1. Create a shortcut on your desktop. You can do this by doing a right-mouse click on your desktop and selecting “New” -> “Shortcut”

2. When prompted to type the location of the item, copy and paste this into the location:    %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe

3. Click Next, name your new shortcut (I made mine Snipping Tool) and then Finish.

4. From there, you can click and drag it to your start menu where you can pin it to your task bar and so on.

How To Find MAC Address On Your Windows Computer

What is a MAC address? MAC address stands for “media access control” address. It’s a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces. Unlike an IP address that can easily be changed, a MAC address is normally assigned by the network interface manufacturer and is used for communications on the physical network segment. It’s also known as the Physical Address.

On a Microsoft Windows machine, pull up the command prompt. On a Windows 7 machine, click on the Windows start icon, go to All Programs, then to Accessories. There you will find Command Prompt.

Once the command prompt opens, type in the following and press Enter.

ipcofig /all

You will receive something similar to this:




Your MAC or Physical Address looks like this:



On other devices such as mobile phones, iPads, and Kindles, the IP Address may appear in a similar format such as this:


There are many reasons why you might need to know your MAC address or at least know how to find it. I’ll cover a couple of those reasons in another post.

How To Change MTU Size In Windows 7

By default, the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) size is 1500. I’ve run into issues pulling up resources in remote regions, such as South Africa, where MTU restrictions are implemented by local ISP’s. To work around these obstacles, changing the MTU size is necessary.

To begin, ensure you’re an admin user on the computer. These instructions are assuming you are using your Local Area Connection for your connection which is most likely a Cat5 cable.

1. Open a command line window as an Administrator (ie. right click on All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select Run as administrator)
2. Type the command netsh and wait for prompt
3. Type the command interface and wait for prompt
4. Type the command ipv4 and wait for prompt
5. Type the command set subinterface “Wireless Network Connection” mtu=1300

Leave the command prompt up so you can change it back to 1500 when you are done. There are troubleshooting steps to take to see if you are having an MTU size issue that I will cover in another post. Come back and search regularly.