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Ask Mr. Modem: Capture that snipping tool in Windows 8 and hold onto it

Can you tell me where the snipping tool is in Windows 8 or did they leave it out?

One thing that has annoyed easily annoyed users of Windows 8 is the seeming disappearance of ye olde snipping tool, a handy little program that facilitates screen captures. The good news is that the snipping tool is present, though for some inexplicable reason, Microsoft tries to hide it from us.

It is now buried within the Windows System32 file — which sounds complicated, but there is a very easy way to get to it: Simply search in Apps for “snipping tool.” In fact, you won’t have to type more than “snip” before it pops up.

If you would like to keep the program readily available, right-click to pin the snipping tool to the Taskbar or the Metro/Modern Start Page. Because I’m a belt-and-suspenders kinda guy, I pinned it to both locations, just to have it close at hand.

I still have an email account with my ISP (Comcast), though I primarily use Gmail. Is there a way to get my Gmail in both accounts, which are on two separate computers?

If you want to get all fancy-shmancy with Gmail, you can have it automatically forward mail to you at another email address. To do this, within Gmail go to Settings (via the little gear icon) and select Forwarding. The first item you will see is Forwarding, the option “Forward a copy of incoming mail to (email address)” and a drop-down menu with several options.

Type your ISP-based email address into the (email address) field and select “Keep Gmail’s copy in the inbox” for the second field, then click Save Changes.

When mail arrives in your Gmail account, it will automatically forward a copy to your other address, while retaining a copy safe and sound in Gmail, where it will remain until you decide to delete it.

I keep hearing the term “crowd funding” that has something to do with the Internet, but what does it mean?

This is a concept that is changing how entrepreneurs and developers fund their projects. Rather than seeking a traditional loan or starting with venture capital, crowd funding directly connects developers with dollars.

A crowd-funded project establishes a financial objective, then asks prospective purchasers of the end product or casual investors to donate a certain amount to help reach that goal. This isn’t just a handout, it is more of a pre-order with a variety of options available. For each “tier” of donation, a crowd-funding backer will receive a perk in return, usually associated with whatever product is ultimately produced.

A variety of crowd-funding sites are available online, but two of the most prominent are, and