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Introduction to Snip and Sketch: The Snipping Tool for Windows 10

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Windows 10 introduced a new snipping tool for users, Snip & Sketch, that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 computers. Snip & Sketch acts as an upgrade to Windows Snipping Tool, the native screenshot app that Windows users have been utilizing since 2005. Snip & Sketch takes the features of Windows Snipping Tool and makes them better, with more screen capture options, annotation tools, and ways to share your screenshot.

Snip & Sketch Features

Let’s go over the enhanced features of the Snip and Sketch snipping tool for Windows 10. 

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How to Snip on Windows

Snip & Sketch offers several options for how to snip on Windows. First, you decide whether to snip in the moment or after a delay of 3 or 10 seconds. Then, you decide which type of snip to take–rectangular, freeform, windows, or fullscreen. If you select windows or fullscreen, then it will automatically take the screenshot specified. For rectangular and freeform snips, you drag the cursor to select the area of your screen that you wish to snip. 

How to Snip on Windows 10

Annotating Images

After you take your screenshot, the markup window opens. Here, you can annotate your screenshot with a variety of tools. Use a pen, pencil, or highlighter to add or emphasize information to your screenshot. You can use the eraser tool to erase any annotations you don’t need. You can also use the cropping tool to cut out parts of the image that you don’t need. Finally, you can use the ruler or protractor tool while annotating to ensure that your annotations are in the right place.

Snip & Sketch can also be used to edit any other images on your computer. Simply go to the app and click the folder icon instead of the new snip icon. From there, you can select which image to open and begin annotating! 

Sharing Your Screen Capture

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Once you finish editing your image, you can save it to your computer, print it, or share it with others! There are several ways to share your screenshot. You can copy it directly to your clipboard, then paste it anywhere. You can also share it directly with a contact on Microsoft Windows or turn on nearby sharing to send it to a nearby computer. Finally, you can send it directly to an app like Feedback Hub, One Note, or Mail. 

Is Snipping Tool in Windows 10?

The answer to this question is yes, Snipping Tool is still on Windows 10. However, it contains fewer features than Snip & Sketch. If you are using Windows 10, then we recommend that you switch to the Snip and Sketch snipping tool.

Is Snip & Sketch on Windows 11?

No, Snip & Sketch is not on the Windows 11 system. Instead, Microsoft integrated all of its features into a new Snipping Tool app. So, you can still use all of the above features on Windows 11, but the app is no longer called Snip & Sketch. There is only one screenshot app on Windows 11 called Snipping Tool.

Alternatives to Snipping Tool Windows 10

Nevertheless, Snip & Sketch is not a perfect tool for Windows 10. Its mark-up tools and sharing capabilities are limited compared to other downloadable snipping tools. If you want to take a look at alternative snipping tools, then check out our article 5 Best Alternatives to Windows Snipping Tool. If you need a snipping tool with professional-level annotation tools, then read our article How to Use a Snipping Tool to Annotate Screenshots. Finally, if you want to learn more about how to use a snipping tool to send screenshots over the cloud, read our article How to Use an Online Snipping Tool on the Cloud.

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