This tutorial will show you how to use the Snipping Tool app to take and annotate screenshots to save or share in Windows 11.
In Windows 11, both the classic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps have been replaced by a new Snipping Tool app that represents the best experiences of both apps in the next evolution of screen capture for Windows.
The Snipping Tool app includes a built-in screen recorder and allows you to quickly take and annotate screenshots, photos and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps.
The Snipping Tool for Windows 11 includes new visuals that build off the classic app with added functionality like the Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut from Snip & Sketch and richer editing. Microsoft is also introducing a new settings page for Snipping Tool.
Snipping Tool app version 11.2307.44.0 introduces the combined capture bar, making it easier to switch between capturing screenshots and screen recordings without having to open the app. Use the Print Screen or Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcuts to open the capture bar for snipping, where you will continue to find the familiar snipping modes or try the new Win + Shift + R keyboard shortcut to open the capture bar for recording. Microsoft is rolling out this experience to Windows Insiders in the Beta, Canary, and Dev channels.
Microsoft is rolling out Snipping Tool (version 11.2310.49.0) to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels improving HDR display support. Screenshots and screen recording on displays with HDR enabled should be able to better display colors.
Starting with Snipping Tool (version 11.2401.32.0), Microsoft is adding the ability to add shapes to captures in Snipping Tool, so that you can quickly add rectangles, ovals, lines, and arrows to mark up your screenshots.
Screenshots taken by the Snipping Tool are temporarily cached in the %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.ScreenSketch_8wekyb3d8bbwe\TempState folder for the current user.
Screenshots by the Snipping Tool are automatically saved to your accounts C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\Screenshots folder.
EXAMPLE: Snipping Tool app for Windows 11
Perform one of the following actions below to launch screen snipping:
Perform one of the available options: (see screenshot below)
- Click/tap on the Snip (camera) icon, click/tap on the Snipping mode icon, and select Rectangular, Window, Full screen, or Freeform.
- Select Rectangular mode, Freeform mode, Window mode, or Fullscreen mode for the type of screenshot you want to take.
Select the screenshot area you want depending on the type of screenshot you selected in step 2. (see screenshot below)
- Rectangular mode = Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
- Free-form mode = Draw a free-form shape around an object.
- Windows mode = Click/tap on the window to capture.
- Full-screen mode = Capture the entire screen.
Perform one of the following action depending on how you opened Snipping Tool:
- If you used a keyboard shortcut in step 1, then click/tap on the Snipping Tool notification to open and annotate the screenshot. (see screenshot below)
- If not, then click/tap on the Snipping Tool icon on the taskbar to open and annotate the screenshot.
If you have notifications turned off or Focus Assist on, you will not receive a notification pop-up after taking a screenshot. Your screenshot will still be copied to your clipboard, however. This will be fixed in a future update.
Once you snip an area of your screen — the snipped image is added to your clipboard and you can paste it immediately in another app. A screen prompt will also allow you to annotate, save or share it using the Snip & Sketch app.
A copy of the screenshot is automatically saved to your accounts C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\Screenshots folder.
You can now annotate the screenshot if wanted. (see screenshot below)
Snipping Tool provides a few tools for annotating images, namely Ballpoint pen, Pencil, Highlighter, and Shapes. Once you click a tool to select it, you can click it again to change its color or thickness.
The tools work better with a pen device, but they can also be used with mouse or touch if you select the Touch Writing button icon.
- Use Touch Writing to draw freehand with a mouse, or with a pen or finger on a touch screen.
- Use the Eraser tool to remove specific strokes or click it twice to get the option to erase all ink.
- Use the Ruler or Protractor tools and draw straight lines or arches.
- Press the Ruler or Protractor button again to hide the ruler/protractor. Reside or rotate the ruler/protractor by using two finger touch gestures (if the Touch Writing button is selected) or with the mouse wheel.
- Use the Image Crop tool to crop the annotated image. To undo cropping, select the Image Crop tool again and press Cancel (Esc) to restore the image to its full original area.
- Text Actions to copy and redact text on the image.
- Use Edit in Paint to open the screenshot in the Paint app to edit.
To get started, select the new shapes button in the toolbar, and select the desired shape (you can change the fill or outline color if you’d like). Click and drag anywhere over your image to draw a new shape. You can resize, move, or change your shape color before clicking away. Once the shape is deselected, it will merge with your image, but you can still remove shapes with the eraser tool or undo your annotations.
Panning the view
Some of the images you annotate might be larger than the size of the Snipping Tool window. You can use the scroll bars to pan the view, but you can also pan the view with touch input (if the Touch Writing button is not selected) or by dragging with your mouse button while holding the Ctrl key down.
Zoom in and out of screenshots to make them easier to mark up using the magnifying glass icon. You can also zoom in and out of screenshots by pressing the Ctrl key down and tapping the + or - buttons.
When finished, click/tap on the Save (Ctrl+S) button, and: (see screenshots below)
- Navigate to and select the location (ex: folder) where you want to save the screenshot.
- Type a file name you want for the screenshot.
- Select the file type (PNG, JPG, or GIF) you want to save the screenshot as.
- Click/tap on Save.
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