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Using the Windows 10 Snip & Sketch Tool to Take Screenshots

If you ever need to take a screenshot or screen grab from any software in Windows that you have opened, you can do so using the Snip & Sketch app. You can do stuff such as crop and mark your screen captures and then save them as image files or paste them into other programmes such as Word or email. It’s easy to use.

You may have used the Snipping Tool to take your screenshots, but if you’ve recently used it, you’ve probably seen the message that it’s going to move and you should use the Snip & Sketch tool. When they say it’s going, we believe that it will go down!

Simply type Snip & Sketch in the Windows search box or in the Cortana search area to open the Snip & Sketch tool and it should pop up for you to click on. You will note once it opens that it gives you a blank screen with a message that you can use the Windows key + Shift + S to capture the screen without even opening the Snip & Sketch tool.

You can select New to take a new screen capture or select the drop-down arrow to take a delayed screen capture, as you would with the timer on your camera. When you click on Fresh, you will see a toolbar with multiple choices at the top of your computer.

The first choice allows you to draw the box or rectangle that you want to capture around the area of your screen. The second choice allows a freehand form to be drawn around the region you want to capture. The third option captures the entire active window and the fourth option captures the entire screen of your desktop with everything that is shown at that moment. To cancel the operation, the X can be used.

So let’s presume you were only trying to catch the dog in the centre of the group of pictures of the dog shown below. All you need to do is pick the rectangle option (the first one) and use your mouse to draw a box around the middle dog image and then release your mouse button.

Then, in the Snip & Sketch box, you will see your captured image. You can save the image as it is or copy and paste it to another programme from here. You can also do so if you would like to draw on it before saving or copying it.

If your machine has a touch screen or you can use a pen , pencil or highlighter to draw on your captured image, the tools on the top allow you to do stuff like use your finger to write on the image. You may also use them if you wish to have a ruler or protractor mounted on your captured image. The last button is the crop tool that will allow you to crop your picture further if you have captured more than you intended.

If you click on the ellipsis at the bottom right of the page, some additional options are available, such as opening an existing file or printing your screenshot.

As you can see, the Snip & Sketch tool is very easy to use and has more functionality than the Snipping Tool, so if you are actually required to make the move, it should be very easy to get used to.

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