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Starting with the October 2018 update, Windows 10 is modernizing the experience to take screenshots with the new Snip & Sketch app, which combine the legacy Snipping Tool with Screen sketch.

How to take screenshots with Snip & Sketch?

Using Snip & Sketch, there are at least three ways to access and take screenshots on Windows 10:

Using Snip & Sketch app

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Snip & Sketch, click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Click the New button on the top left corner.
  1. Select the type of snip you want to use, including:
    • Rectangular Clip
    • Freeform Clip
    • Full screen Clip
  1. Take the screenshot.

Using Action Center quick button

If you want to take a screenshot to paste on a document, you can use the new Screen snip button using these steps:

  1. Open Action Center. Quick tip: use the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut, or click the Action.
  2. Center button in the notification area to open the experience.
  3. Click the Expand button.
  4. Click the Screen snip button.
  1. Take the screenshot.

Using the Print Screen button

If you enabled the option, you can take screenshots on Windows 10 using the Print Screen key.

  1. Hit the Print Screen button. Quick tip: 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 including:
    • Rectangular Clip
    • Freeform Clip
    • Full screen Clip
  1. Take the screenshot.

Unlike using Snip & Sketch app 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 Center.

How to enable Print Screen button to use Snip & Sketch:

You can also bring up the screen snipping tool using the Print Screen button on the keyboard, but it’s an option that you need to enable manually using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Ease of Access.
  3. Click on Keyboard.
  4. Under “Print Screen shortcut,” turn on the Use the PrtScn button to open the screen snipping option.

After completing the steps, you can hit the Print Screen key on your keyboard to take screenshots on Windows 10.

How to annotate screenshots with Snip & Sketch

Once you’ve taken the screenshot, or you can use the open (folder) button to load an image, the image will open in Snip & Sketch. You can use a number of tools to annotate the screenshot, including ballpoint pen, pencil, and marker. All of which you can click to customize the colour and thickness.

Learn more about Snip & Sketch:

How to use Snip & Sketch to take screenshots

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