Apps Take and Annotate Screenshots with Snipping Tool app in Windows 11

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In Windows 11, both the classic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps have been replaced by a new Snipping Tool app that represents the best experiences of both apps in the next evolution of screen capture for Windows.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 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.

The screen capture feature in Snipping Tool for Windows 11 allows you to quickly capture and annotate screenshots, photos and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Snip & Sketch app to take and annotate screenshots in Windows 11.


EXAMPLE: Snipping Tool app for Windows 11
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Here's How:

1 Perform one of the following actions below to launch screen snipping:

A) Press the Win + Shift + S keys.​

B) Press the Print Screen key if Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping is turned on.​

C) Click on the pen tail button if you have Screen Snipping selected for the click once pen shortcut.​

D) Open the Start menu, click/tap on All apps, right click on Snipping Tool, and click/tap on Take a new snip, New snip in 3 seconds, or New snip in 10 seconds for what you want. (see screenshots below)​


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2 Select Rectangle Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip for the type of screenshot you want to take. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select the screenshot area you want depending on the type of screenshot you selected in step 2. (see screenshot below)
  • Rectangular snip = Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Free-form snip = Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Windows snip = Click/tap on the window to capture.
  • Full-screen snip = Capture the entire screen.
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4 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 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.


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5 You can now annotate the screenshot if wanted. (see screenshots below)

Snipping Tool provides a few tools for annotating images, namely Ballpoint pen, Pencil, and Highlighter. 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.

Additional tools

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.

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

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.


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6 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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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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The one feature sadly missing still is to annotate with text entry, rectangles, circles. I end up selecting option to edit with good old Paint (who the hell uses Paint3D). It would be nice if thr basic Paint actions could be imported into Snip & Sketch.
 

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