The Snipping tool has been a valuable, free screen capture tool built into Windows for many years. It allows you to capture a region of your computer screen, do some simple editing and then save or share the file. The Snipping Tool is being superseded, however, by the the Snip and Sketch tool in an upcoming Windows 10 update. Here’s what you need to know about the new Snip and Sketch app.
How To Install Snip and Sketch in Windows 10
In most cases, you will not need to do anything to install the Snip and Sketch app in Windows 10, but if you want to get it before Microsoft eventually updates the Snipping Tool, you can go to the Windows Store and download it for free. You may be surprised to find it already installed, however. To see if it is already on your Windows 10 computer, go to the search box near the Start button and type Snip and Sketch. It should appear as the top result if it is already installed on your computer.
Or try launching it with the shortcut keys Windows Key + Shift + S.
Snip & Sketch Features
While it would have been nice to have a full-blown screen capture and editing tool similar to SnagIt, the Snip and Sketch app will provide the average user with all of the tools they need to perform simple screen capturing, editing and sharing.
Your screen capture options will be located at the top of your screen and consist of the following options:
- Rectangular Snip – Which will copy whatever size rectangular grid you select.
- Freeform Snip – Allows you to draw and area to select using your mouse cursor.
- Window Snip – Captures the entire image of one of your monitors.
- Fullscreen Snip – Which will capture the image on your monitor(s).
Once you snip your screenshot, the image will be placed on your clipboard where you will have the ability to edit and share the image.
Snip and Sketch Editing options include:
- Touch Writing – Allows you to write and draw with your mouse cursor.
- Ballpoint Pen – Allows you to write with a pen of any color.
- Pencil – Allows you to write in a pencil appearance of any color.
- Eraser – Erases your selected area.
- Ruler – Allows you to measure with a protractor or straight ruler.
- Crop – Allows you to further crop the image to cut out unnecessary space.
Snip & Sketch Pros and Cons
- Easy to use.
- Simple and clean design.
- Easy to use Share options.
- Can take multiple screen captures and select them from the clipboard.
- Limited editor.
- Can’t resize or type on the image.
- Needs more effects and features.
In conclusion, the new Snip & Sketch app in Windows 10 is nice to have if you do not want to pay for a program such as SnagIt, but it would be nice if Windows would have taken the app just a bit further and included a couple more features. Just as Paint 3D has taken the legacy Paint app to the next level, the Snip and Sketch app could have done the same for the Snipping Tool. Try it and let us know your thoughts, or read more of our Windows 10 articles here.