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Introduction to Snip & Sketch: Windows 10 Snipping Tool

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Windows 10 has introduced a new screenshot tool for users, Snip & Sketch, that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 computers. Snip and 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 snip.

Let’s go over the enhanced features of Snip and Sketch for Windows, the Windows 10 Snipping Tool. 

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Taking Screenshots

Snip & Sketch offers several options for taking screenshots. First, you decide whether to screenshot 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 Snip & Sketch 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. 

Annotating Images

After you take your screenshot, Snip & Sketch’s markup window opens. Here, you can annotate your screenshot with a variety of different 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 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 Snip & Sketch tool and click the folder icon instead of the new snip icon. From there, you can select which image to open in Snip & Sketch 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. 

Alternatives to Windows 10 Snipping Tool

Nevertheless, Snip & Sketch is not a perfect snipping tool. Its mark-up tools and sharing capabilities are limited compared to other downloadable snipping tools. If you want to take a look at alternative screenshot tools, then check out our article 5 Best Alternatives to Windows Snipping Tool. If you need a 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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