This tutorial will show you how to redact text on a screenshot image captured by the Snipping Tool app before saving or sharing it in Windows 11.
Starting with Snipping Tool (version 11.2308.33.0), Microsoft is introducing Text Actions, which detects text in your captured screenshots, making it easy to copy text from any image to share with others or paste in another app.
With Text Actions, you can also redact text with sensitive information in screenshots before sharing.
EXAMPLE: Snipping Tool showing redacted text in a screenshot of a bank statement
Open the Snipping Tool app, and take a screenshot of the image you want to redact text on. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on the Text Actions button on the toolbar to show all selectable text on the captured screenshot image. (see screenshot below)
If you wanted to quickly redact all email addresses and/or phone numbers, then: (see screenshot below)
- Click/tap on the Quick redact options (down arrow) button on the toolbar.
- Check (select) or uncheck (unselect) Email addresses and/or Phone numbers for what you want redacted all at once.
- Click/tap on the Quick redact button on the toolbar.
If you wanted to redact specific text, then: (see screenshot below)
- Select (highlight) the text you want to redact.
- Right click on the selected text.
- Click/tap on Redact text (Ctrl+R).
The text will now be redacted. (see screenshot below)
If redacted text by mistake, then you could perform one of the actions below you want:
- Click/tap on the Undo (Ctrl+Z) button to undo the last action.
- Click/tap on the Quick redact options (down arrow) button on the toolbar, and click/tap on Remove all redactions to undo all redactions.
When finished redacting text, you can click/tap on the Text Actions button on the toolbar again to stop showing all selectable text on the captured screenshot image. (see screenshot below)
You can now Save (Ctrl+S) or Share the redacted screenshot. (see screenshot below)