There’s a new screenshot tool in town and we’ve been making full use of it on our desktops here at Pro Drive IT. Windows 10 has long allowed you to take and save screenshots using the Snipping Tool but thanks to a recent Windows update, users now have access to a complete set of screen-capture tools.

‘Snip & Sketch’ combines the legacy Snipping Tool with Screen Sketch (previously part of Windows Ink Workspace) to create a single app for capturing and annotating screenshots of the desktop, apps, and games without the need for third-party tools.

So, what’s new?

The tool enables you to take a shot of the entire screen, a rectangular section or a freeform area and copy it to the Clipboard – this is nothing new. But unlike with the previous Snipping Tool, users can now take an immediate screenshot or set it to snap via a timer, with a delay of three or 10 seconds. The updated version then lets you save and reuse multiple items and even sync those clips to other devices.

When it comes to annotating your screenshots, Snip & Sketch also has more features than the original Snipping Tool – allowing users to modify the ‘snip’ virtually any way they like by cropping, highlighting, writing on or drawing on the image. If you have a touchscreen, you can even write with a stylus or your finger. And when you’re done, you simply save as a PNG file, copy and share the final image using email, nearby sharing or another supported application.

The new-and-improved Snip & Sketch is a handy addition to your desktop (and one we use regularly!). For example, you can use it to create step-by-step tutorials which are helpful when trying to show colleagues, employees or even your customers how to do things – particularly if they are quite technical. From an IT standpoint, the tool can be used to record bugs or glitches which is useful to help get the problem fixed quickly and effectively.  Beyond that, the tool is also great for capturing and sharing ideas.

Taking a screenshot using Snip & Sketch

There are at least three ways to access and take screenshots on Windows 10 using Snip & Sketch. The easiest way to get to the snipping tools is to use the Snip & Sketch app:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Snip & Sketch and click the top result.
  3. Click the New button in the top-left corner. Step 3: Using Snip & Sketch app
  4. Select the type of snip you want to use: rectangular, freeform or full screen (if using anything other than full screen, hold the left key while doing it). Step 4: Using Snip & Sketch app
  5. The marked area will now appear in the canvas of the Snip & Sketch app.
  6. Take the screenshot.

Or if you want to take a screenshot and paste it on a document, you can use the new Screen Snip button:

  1. Open Action Centre (use the Windows Key + A keyboard shortcut or click the Action Centre button in the notification area).
  2. Click the Expand
  3. Click the Screen Snip Step 3: Using Action Center quick button
  4. Select the type of snip you want to use: rectangular, freeform or full screen. Step 4: Using Action Center quick button
  5. Take the screenshot.

If you have enabled the Print Screen button (go to Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard > Print Screen shortcut to turn it on), you can also take screenshots on Windows 10 using this option:

  1. Hit the Print Screen button (alternatively, you can use the Windows Key + Shift + S shortcut to open the snipping toolbar).
  2. Select the type of snip you want to use: rectangular, freeform or full screen. Step 2: Using the Print Screen button
  3. Take the screenshot.

When using the Screen Snip button or the Print Screen key, the screenshot will copy to the clipboard. If you want to annotate the snip or save it into a file, you need to click the Snip & Sketch notifications in Action Centre.

Editing a screenshot using Snip & Sketch

Once you have the screenshot or image (you can edit any other images by clicking on the folder icon), there are a variety of Markup tools you can use including touch writing, ballpoint pen, pencil, highlighter, ruler/protractor and the crop tool.

Editing a screenshot using Snip & Sketch

If you click on the lower part of any of these tools (with the exception of touch writing and the crop tool), you get extra options. Here you can change the colour, size and thickness of the pen or switch between the ruler and protractor tool. For any mistakes, there is also an eraser function to delete one or all of the strokes from the screenshot.

These tools have been designed to work best using a stylus on a touch-enabled device, but they also work with a keyboard and mouse.


At Pro Drive IT, our job is to make your life (and your employees’ lives) easier. Through our Business IT Support Services, we offer advice and tailored IT solutions – using tools such as Snip & Sketch – which proactively contribute to your productivity and success. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.