How to use Snip & Sketch to take screenshots in Windows 10

Starting with October 2018 Update, Windows 10 includes a new tool called Snip & Sketch. It is a rather simple tool that replaces the Snipping Tool, and which lets you take screenshots on your Windows 10 device, and edit them. If you want to find out how to open Snip & Sketch and how to use it to take screenshots, read this tutorial:

NOTE: The Snip & Sketch tool is available starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. If you have an older version of Windows, you cannot use this app. If you do not know what version of Windows 10 you have, read this tutorial: What version, edition and type of Windows 10 do I have installed?

How to open the Snip & Sketch app in Windows 10

One of the easiest ways to open the Snip & Sketch app is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.

The shortcut for Snip & Sketch in Windows 10

An alternative method to open Snip & Sketch is to use search. In Cortana's field on your taskbar, enter the word snip and then click or tap the Snip & Search result.

Using search to find Snip & Sketch

How to take screenshots with the Snip & Sketch app in Windows 10

There is more than one way to take screenshots with Snip & Sketch. If you have opened the Snip & Sketch app, you should see a window similar to this one:

The Snip & Sketch app

In the Snip & Sketch window, on the top-left corner, there is a button called New. To start taking a screenshot, click or tap New. Alternatively, you can also use the Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut.

The New button for taking screenshots with Snip & Sketch

Note that, if the Snip & Sketch window is small, the New button and the rest of the menu might be displayed in the lower part of the window.

The New button for taking screenshots with Snip & Sketch

Once you have pressed on the New button, the entire screen dims and, on the top-center area, a small popup menu with a few options appears. Also, in the middle of the screen, you should see a text telling you to "Draw a shape to create a screen snip."

Starting a screenshot in the form of a shape, with Snip & Sketch

The menu shown at the top of the screen lets you choose what kind of screenshot you want to take:

  • Rectangular Clip - you can use this one to take a partial screenshot of your screen, right now, by dragging your mouse cursor on the screen to form a rectangular shape.
  • Freeform Clip - you can use this option to take a freeform screenshot of your screen, with an unrestricted shape and size.
  • Fullscreen Clip - this option instantly takes a screenshot of your entire screen surface.

By default, the first option - Rectangular Clip - is the one enabled. When you use it, dragging the mouse cursor on the screen takes screenshots with rectangular shapes, such as in the image below.

Taking a rectangular screenshot with Snip & Sketch

If you want to use one of the options - Freeform Clip or Fullscreen Clip - click or tap the one you prefer.

Options for taking screenshots with Snip & Sketch

If you choose to use the Freeform Clip, you can drag the mouse cursor on your screen any way you want, to take a screenshot with any shape and size you prefer. Here is an example:

Taking a screenshot in the form of a shape with Snip & Sketch

If you choose the Fullscreen Clip, the Snip & Sketch app immediately takes a screenshot of your entire screen.

Taking a fullscreen screenshot with Snip & Sketch

Once you have taken a screenshot, the Snip & Sketch app opens and shows your newly created screenshot. Now you can use the app to edit the screenshot if you wish so.

Viewing the screenshot with Snip & Sketch

How to take screenshots with the Snip & Sketch app in Windows 10, using its Quick Action button

The Snip & Sketch app also offers a button in the Quick actions panel, which you can use to take faster screenshots. To get to it, open the Notifications & actions panel by clicking/tapping on its button from the bottom-right corner of the screen, or by sliding your finger from the right side of the screen (if you have a touchscreen). You can also press the Windows + A keys on the keyboard. Then click/tap on Expand, and you should see the Screen snip button.

The Scree snip button from the Quick Actions panel

Once you click/tap the Screen snip button, Snip & Sketch loads the same menu on the top-center edge of your screen, and you can use it to take screenshots just like we showed you in the previous section of this tutorial.

The Snip & Sketch options for taking screenshots

How to take screenshots with the Snip & Sketch app in Windows 10, using the Print Screen key

You can also set Windows 10 take screenshots using the Snip & Sketch app when you press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. However, to do that, you have to change a setting inside the Settings app. Start by launching the Settings app - a fast way to do it is to press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard simultaneously. Then, head to Ease of Access.

Windows 10 Settings

On the left side of the window, choose Keyboard.

Keyboard settings in Windows 10

Scroll on the right side of the window until you find a setting called "Print Screen shortcut" and enable the switch that says "Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping."

Use the PrtScn button to take screenshots with Snip & Sketch

Right under that setting, Windows 10 also tells you that "Based on other app settings, you might need to restart your PC to see this change." Although it is not mandatory, it is best to reboot your PC so that Windows 10 has no issues in assigning the Print Screen to the Snip & Sketch app. After that, when you press the Print Screen key on your keyboard, the Snip & Sketch app should display its screenshots options.

The Snip & Sketch options for taking screenshots

Do you like the way Snip & Sketch takes screenshots in Windows 10?

The new Snip & Sketch app is better integrated with Windows 10 than the former Snipping Tool and should be easier to use. Do you like what it has to offer and the way it works? Do you believe it could be further improved? Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.