New Snip & Sketch Tool Improves Screenshots in Windows 10

Snip & Sketch app iconWhether you’ve used Windows 10 for a while now or just recently upgraded, there are, of course, many changes and improvements with each feature update. One in particular that has stood out for me in my everyday work has been the new Snip & Sketch tool. Let me show you what’s new!

Snip & Sketch, available in the latest build of Windows 10 (Build 1909), is a new program meant to replace the Snipping Tool that has been available in Windows 7, 8, and 10. While the original tool simply took screenshots of either the full screen or an area you chose, it couldn’t do much else. In addition to the old Snipping Tool’s features, Snip & Sketch adds many new annotation features to make this screenshot utility more useful.

Now, after you take a screenshot, you can immediately begin cropping, editing, and annotating the screenshot. Plus, if you are using a tablet or convertible laptop running Windows 10, your annotations can be made using a stylus. Annotation tools include a pen, pencil, highlighter, and even a ruler and protractor. Once you’re done, you can save or otherwise share your screenshot with others directly from the application.

An example of the red pen and highlighter tools in the Snip and Sketch tool.
An example of the annotation features in the Snip & Sketch tool.

Need more power when it comes to screenshot and screen capture features? There are paid applications like TechSmith’s SnagIt or open-source projects like ShareX. On your mobile device, several apps are available for both Android and iOS, such as Evernote’s Skitch.

If you have any issues installing or using  Snip & Sketch, make sure your Windows 10 is running build 1909. Here’s how to update.

Update 02/20/2020: Clarified how to obtain Snip & Sketch.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.