How to Use Snip & Sketch to Capture and Annotate Screenshots

Windows 10 version 1809 comes with a new tool called Snip & Sketch that allows you to take some basic screenshots and edit them before saving on the hard drive. In fact, this is an app that can be downloaded from the Windows App Store. Not only you can capture screenshots and annotate them, but you can also use this app to edit existing images.

For launching the Snip & Sketch tool, you can proceed in many different ways. The easiest way is to click on the Start button and look for this app. Here is how:

  1. Click on the Start.
  2. Type Snip & Sketch to look for this app and click on its shortcut in the result.
  3. In the window that opens click on the New icon in the toolbar.Snip and Sketch
  4. This will display a small toolbar near the top-edge of your screen. From this toolbar, you can choose to capture a rectangular region of your screen, a free-form clip of the screen, or you can choose to capture entire screen.Snip and Sketch
  5. The captured screenshot will appear in the Snip & Sketch. Now you can use various tools like red and black colored sketch pens, an eraser, a highlighter pen and a cropping tool to draw on the screenshot and annotate it.Snip and Sketch
  6. After you are done editing it, you can click on the Save button to save in form of a PNG image file.

There are other ways to use this tool as well. For example, you can use the hotkey Win+Shift+S to display the snipping toolbar near the top-edge of your computer’s screen. You can also launch it from the action center which can be accessed by clicking on the notifications icon in the system tray. When launched using these methods, it does not automatically open the Snip & Sketch window for annotating – you will have to paste the screenshot yourself from clipboard into some other image editor or document editor.