Microsoft Snip Tool Helps Capturing Screenshots in Windows

In the earlier versions of Windows including Vista and 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Windows came with a Snipping Tool using which you could record screenshots of anything that was happening on your screen. The newer Snip Tool is a successor to the Snipping Tool and allows you to do the same but offers a much improved interface. While the new tool from Microsoft is still in the beta stage, it works fine without any problems on Windows 10 and older versions of Windows. It can save the captured screenshots either in the image formats like PNG or JPG, or it can be used to record the audio along with the screen capture which can later be saved as an MP4 video file.

After the installation, you can launch the Microsoft Snip Tool from its desktop shortcut. It then places a navigation bar near the top edge of the screen. From this toolbar you can select to capture a custom area of the screen, open a whiteboard to draw something or open the library of screenshots taken earlier. The tool also responds to the Print Screen key on the keyboard and captures the whole visible screen.

Microsoft Snip Tool


The captured screenshots are stored in the Library that you access from the toolbar. Each of the captured screenshots is also opened in the Sip Editor where you can draw on the captured image using pens of five different colors. You can also record your voice by clicking on the Microphone icon explaining things as you draw with the pen. You can choose to save the work by clicking on the Save button and selecting a file name PNG, JPG, BMP, MP4 etc. It also has sharing options so that you can share your work over the social networks easily.

Microsoft Snip Tool


Snip Tool from Microsoft is the successor to the Snipping Tool that comes in-built with Windows. Using this tool you can capture and annotate the screenshots. You can also record your voice along with the screenshots to explain things more clearly.

You can download Microsoft Snip Tool from