How to Use Snip & Sketch to Take a Screenshot on Windows 10

This app can do more than the Windows Snipping Tool

The Windows Snipping Tool has been part of the Windows operating system since the days of Vista. While Microsoft has not announced an end of life for the tool just yet, you might have seen a notification when you open it that the Snipping Tool will be moving.

So what's next? Snip & Sketch.

Snip & Sketch is the Windows 10 answer to the Windows Snipping Tool. It provides the same screenshot capabilities of the familiar Snipping Tool, but with even greater functionality. Learn about all the features of the new utility and how to use them.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

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Snip & Sketch vs. Windows Snipping Tool

The Snip & Sketch tool is available on Windows 10 systems running October 2018 build and above. However, if you don't find it on your computer, you have the ability to download it from the Microsoft Store.

If you are well-versed in the features of the Snipping Tool, you will be pleased to discover the same features are available in Snip & Sketch, albeit with some modifications.

The Delay option in the Snipping Tool offered delays from 1 - 5 seconds. In Snip & Sketch, the Delay option is on the New drop-down menu with options to snip Now, In 3 Seconds, or In 10 Seconds.

Delay in Snip & Sketch

The Mode option that appears on the Snipping Tool toolbar is not immediately evident, but it does exist. When you select New on the Snip & Sketch window, the "Snipping Bar" will appear at the top of your screen. This bar includes four mode options:

  • Rectangular Snip
  • Freeform Snip
  • Window Snip
  • Fullscreen Snip
Snipping Bar

The Save, Copy, and Share options all live in the Snip & Sketch toolbar just as they did in the Snipping Tool. In addition, there is a Pen, a Highlighter, and an Eraser just like the Snipping Tool made popular.

But, unlike the Snipping Tool, there is no option to edit your snip in Paint. Instead, Snip & Sketch offers its own, richer editing capabilities.

How to Take a Screenshot

Taking a screenshot with Snip and Sketch is fast and easy. The quickest way to screenshot Window 10 with Snip & Sketch is by pressing the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S. This will open the Snipping Bar, allowing you to select a mode and snip without opening the Snip & Sketch app.

To open Snip & Sketch, take a screenshot, and edit or manage it, follow these steps.

  1. Open Snip & Sketch. You can do so by typing "snip" into the Windows Search box near the Start button and selecting Open under Snip & Sketch in the list of apps that appears.

    Snip & Sketch in Windows Search results
  2. Select the arrow next to New to open the Delay drop-down menu and select a delay time, if desired. Otherwise, choose New. The Snipping Bar will open.

    Delay in Snip & Sketch
  3. Select a mode. If you select Window Snip or Fullscreen Snip, select any area on the screen to take a snip. If you select Rectangular Snip or Freeform Snip, click and drag the area of the screen you want to snip.

    Snipping Bar
  4. Your snip will appear in the Snip & Sketch window.

    Screenshot of screenshot in Snip & Sketch window
  5. Select the Copy icon to create a copy of the snip, which might be helpful if you want to edit the screenshot but also keep the original.

    The copy button.
  6. Select the Share button to share the snip with others. Your options will vary based on your apps and settings but might include email contacts, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi sharing, instant messaging, and social media platforms.

    Screenshot of Share in Snip & Sketch
  7. Close the window when you are finished.

How to Edit in Snip & Sketch

Once you take a snip, the editing tools let you annotate and customize your screenshots.

Although the tools work best with a pen device, selecting the Touch Writing button enables you to use the Annotating tools with a mouse or touch.

  1. Select the Ballpoint Pen or Pencil to write or draw on the snip. Select either tool twice to open the color palette and select a different color or size.

    Ballpoint pen and pencil settings.
  2. Select the Eraser tool and drag it on the snip to remove specific strokes. Click it twice and select Erase All Ink to erase any annotations you have made.

    Erase All Ink in Snip & Sketch
  3. Select the ruler or protractor tools to make it easier to draw straight lines or arches. Select the button again to hide the tool.

    Two-finger touch gestures will resize or rotate the tools if touch is activated.

    Protractor tool in Snip & Sketch
  4. Select the Crop button and use the dragging handles to crop the image.

    Select the crop tool again and select Cancel to undo a crop before applying it.

    Cropping tool in Snip & Sketch
  5. Select the Save icon to save the screenshot.

    Save As in Snip & Sketch

    Although the default file name for screenshots in the Windows Snipping Tool was Capture.jpg, each snip in Snip & Sketch is saved as Annotation followed by the date and a sequential number.