The built-in snipping tool in Windows 10 does its job quite well. A while ago Microsoft also updated the tool to add more features. What I like the most is the Window mode is that it can be used to capture the screenshot of an app while keeping tabs on the file size.
Still, a lot of improvement needs to be done, especially, in the user interface. Also, there isn’t much you can do after capturing something, other than highlighting, erasing, and emailing the image directly.
Those days are about to change as Microsoft is working on a new modern Windows 10 Snipping Tool that is simple to use. It will arrive with the Redstone 5 Update later this year. Microsoft says all the changes and improvements they have brought are based on user feedback about taking screenshots in Windows.
What they’ve done is they took the Screen Sketch feature in Windows Ink and turned it into a standalone Windows 10 app. Just like the old app, it will be able to snip free-form, rectangular, and full screen among many features.
Now, pressing the Windows+Shift+S keyboard shortcut will fire up a screen selection toolbar to select an area to snip. After this, the Screen Sketch app will open where the user can add annotations and share the screenshot right away.
Microsoft has also made the PrinctScr key more useful. It can be configured to launch the snipping interface by enabling “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping” option in Keyboard Settings.
They have also added a new “Screen snip” button to the quick actions panel in the Action Center. If it’s not there, you can go to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions to enable the same.
You can try the new snipping experience in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661. After installing the build, you’ll have to update the Screen Sketch app from Microsoft Store to get the new features.