Hands on with Windows 11’s new Snipping Tool experience

Windows 11 Snipping

Alongside
Windows Calculator and Mail & Calendar app, Microsoft has
started rolling out the new Snipping Tool to testers in the
Windows Insider program (Dev Channel).

This app combines the best of classic Snipping Tool and Snip &
Sketch, and it’s simply called “Snipping Tool”. The app has
been updated with WinUI controls to match the look and feel of
Windows 11.

Modern versions of Windows have always shipped built-in Windows
screenshot keyboard shortcuts and screenshot utility. Windows
comes with a built-in tool called Snipping Tool that lets you
capture a custom chunk of the screen, add mark up, and save
that screenshot.

A few years ago, Microsoft decided to freeze the development of
the Snipping Tool and the end of support notification was added
to the app. Back then, Microsoft was focused on the Snipping
Tool successor, Snip & Sketch.

After relaxing the WinUI APIs with Windows 11, Microsoft has
now changed course and said the classic Snipping Tool would
become part of the Snip & Sketch tool. On Windows 11, classic
Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps are now called “Snipping
Tool” and overall functionality remains the same.

Snipping Tool legacy

To get started, use the keyboard shortcut or open Snipping Tool
using Windows Search.

Click the mode drop-down and select the desired shape. The
screen dims and you need to drag a box around the area of the
screen/app/document you want to screenshot. Once done, release
the mouse button and the snip will appear in the Snipping Tool
(previously called Snip & Sketch).

From there you can add notations using a pen and highlighter
and more.

Windows 11 Snipping Tool update

This new Snipping Tool represents the best of both apps
and users will have access to all features. As a result,
Windows 11 offers a better snipping and screenshot experience
than Windows 10.

As part of the update, Microsoft has also enabled rounded
corners, Fluent Design and new iconography for the app.

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