What is Snip and Sketch?

Dec 17, 2020 | Windows 10 Hints and Tips

One of the many tools that come with Windows 10 is Snip and Sketch (formerly the Snipping tool).  It’s a feature I use all the time whether to add images to blogs, manuals or quick reference guides.

What I didn’t consider that I can’t use the Snip and Sketch tool to snip the Snip and Sketch tool so getting screenshots for this article is not easy!!

How do I get Snip and Sketch?

The easiest way to access it from Windows 10 is by click in the Search for anything box on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and start typing Snip.  When Snip and Sketch appears then click on it.  (Snipping tool will also come up as an option but Snip and Sketch is a more sophisticated version and it will prompt you to use this instead if you try and use the older option.)

I use it so often I have it pinned to my taskbar permanently.  To do this right-click on the icon on the taskbar and choose pin to taskbar.

TIP: This is something you can do with any application that you use all the time.

What is Snip and Sketch?

Snip and Sketch takes a screenshot of part of your screen.  It is brilliant if you want to share an icon or what you should be viewing with others.

  1. Open the file you want to snip
  2. Return to the Snip and Sketch tool
  3. Click on New
  4. Click and drag around the part of the screen you want to capture

To use the result either Save for later use which creates a picture file, copy and paste where you need it or share with others.

Delay snipping

Snipping is normally immediate but can be delayed.  This is useful if you want a screenshot of a menu that normally disappears when you access Snip and Sketch

Click on the drop-down next to New

Choose to delay by 3 or 10 seconds

Although 10 seconds doesn’t sound long it will feel like you are waiting forever!!

Annotate your Snip

The snip can be written on to emphasise certain information.  This could be circled or a tick or cross added.  It can be erased if it is incorrect.  The image can also be cropped from here but it’s often as quick to re-snip the original image.

This is just one of the apps that come automatically with Windows 10 and can be found in the start menu.  Why don’t you have a look and see if any of these jump out at you!!

Further Reading

If you’ve enjoyed reading about how to use Snip and Sketch in Windows 10, you might find the following blog useful:

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