A couple of months ago, we discovered that
Microsoft is testing a new screen clipping experience that
would allow users to draw any shape to create a screen snip,
and the company internally started testing this feature in
Microsoft today announced a new Windows 10 preview build with
several new features and improvements. The build is from the
Redstone 5 branch and it finally launches the
much-anticipated snipping experience with a better look
and new features. The modern snipping experience allows you to
capture and annotate what you see on your screen.
In Windows 10 Build 17661, you can use WIN + Shift + S to
access the toolbar and snip any part of the screen. The
snipping experience uses the full screen to deliver the best
experience and you can share it quickly with your friends. It
can be moved to the Screen Sketch app which allows you to
modify the snip with annotations and similar features.
If your device supports Pen and it has a tail button, you can
configure the Pen to launch the screen snipping feature
whenever the button on the tail is clicked. A similar setting
can be configured for the keyboard. Microsoft has also
added “Screen snip” option to the Action Center.
“The new modern snipping experience is here to help you
effortlessly capture and annotate what you see on your screen,”
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog
The rumours claim that the feature is also supported on a
device with a dual display which could be the long rumoured
Andromeda. While little is known at this point, Microsoft might
be testing another set of new features for the screen snipping
The new improved version of the existing Snipping Tool will be
pre-installed in Windows 10 Redstone 5 update. The next big
Windows 10 update is expected to ship in October with a long
list of new features. Microsoft is also working on Sets which
brings web browser-like tabs to the UWP and legacy apps
including the File Explorer.
Microsoft is currently busy with the Windows 10 April 2018
Update public rollout, and more improvements for Redstone 5 are
expected to land in the coming weeks when new builds are
released to Windows Insiders.