How to use Snipping tool in Windows 11 [AIO]

Snipping Tool is the new screen-grabbing tool from Microsoft in Windows 11 that replaces Snip and Sketch. The tool allows you to capture your screen in various ways and comes bundled with Windows 11 out of the box. So if you regularly take screenshots, Snipping Tool is the perfect fit for you. You can capture regions, windows, custom area, and even record your screen.

Like ShareX, which is our favorite software for capturing and annotating screenshots, you can also annotate the screenshots with Snipping Tool software. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of the Snipping Tool on your PC.

How to use Snipping Tool in Windows 11

You can use the Snipping Tool to capture your screen or record it. Use the relevant section below, depending on your current requirements, to help you use Snipping Tool to your advantage.

How to take screenshots using the Snipping Tool

You can take screenshots using either the keyboard shortcut or the dedicated option in the Snipping Tool app. Use the relevant section below to help you capture your screen using Snipping Tool, depending on your preferred method. 

Method 1: Using the keyboard shortcut

You can use the Windows + Shift + S keyboard shortcut to activate Snipping Tool. This will automatically trigger a new snip so you can immediately capture your screen. 

When using this keyboard shortcut, you get the following various ways of taking a screenshot at the top of your screen.

  • Rectangular mode: You can click and drag to create rectangular regions to be captured on your screen when using this mode.
  • Freeform mode: This mode will allow you to draw an area manually on your screen that you wish to be captured.
  • Window mode: This mode will allow you to select a window open on your desktop that you wish to be captured.
  • Full-screen mode: This mode will capture your entire screen.

Click and select a mode you prefer.

You can then click and drag on your screen to select the desired area you want to capture.

An exception here is the Full-screen mode. When you click its icon at the top, your entire screen will be automatically captured and saved on your PC.

By default, all screenshots are automatically saved to the following folder on your PC, where [USERNAME] is your current user account name.

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Pictures\Screenshots

Snipping Tool also gives you the option to use the Print Screen key as well to trigger the tool. If you’re used to using Print Screen Key, then you can customize and set it as the preferred shortcut in Snipping Tool. Here’s how you can change the keyboard shortcut used by Snipping Tool.

Open the Start menu and search for Snipping Tool. Click and launch the same from your search results.

Now click the 3-dot (Moremenu icon.

Select Settings.

Click Change in Windows settings beside Print Screen key shortcut at the top.

Now scroll down on your right and turn on the toggle for Use the Print Screen button to open screen snipping.

And that’s it! Every time you press the Print Screen key in the future, it will now open the Snipping Tool on your PC. 

Related: Where Do Windows 11 Screenshots Go? [Windows 10, too]

Method 2: Using the Snipping Tool app

You can also capture your screen from the Snipping Tool app. This allows you to annotate and edit your screenshots directly in the app once captured. Here’s how you can capture your screen using the Snipping Tool app. 

Launch your Start menu, search for Snipping Tool and launch it from your search results. 

Now click New.

Select the preferred capture mode from the choices at the top of your screen. You have the following options at your disposal.

  • Rectangular mode: You can click and drag to create rectangular regions to be captured on your screen when using this mode.
  • Freeform mode: This mode will allow you to draw an area manually on your screen that you wish to be captured.
  • Window mode: This mode will allow you to select a window open on your desktop that you wish to be captured.
  • Full-screen mode: This mode will capture your entire screen.

Now click and drag to capture your screen.

If you’re capturing active windows, click and select your preferred one.

If you select Full-screen capture, then your screen will be captured as soon as you click the icon. And that’s how you can capture your screen using the Snipping Tool app.

How to record your screen using Snipping Tool

You can also record your screen using the Snipping Tool. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Open the Snipping Tool using the Start menu search. 

Now click Record at the top. 

Click New.

Now click and drag on your screen and select the area you wish to record.

You can adjust the area by dragging the marker on either edge of your selection.

Once you’ve selected the area you wish to record, click Start at the top.

Snipping Tool will now record the selected area after a delay of three seconds. You will be shown a countdown for the same in your selected area. Once you are done recording your screen, click the Stop icon at the top. You can also click the Bin icon to delete the recorded footage and start over again. Once you stop recording, it will automatically open in the Snipping Tool app. Switch to the app to view your recorded footage. You can now preview the footage using the Play icon.

If everything seems up to mark, click the Save icon in the top right corner to save the recorded footage. 

You can also press Ctrl + S on your keyboard to save your recording. Select the desired location on your PC in the pop-up on your screen and click Save once done.

And that’s how you can record your screen using the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.

How to change Snipping mode

There are two ways to change your snipping mode. You can change it when capturing your screen using the icons at the top, as shown below.

You can also switch capture modes in the app. Open the Snipping Tool app from your Start menu.

Now click the drop-down menu for Snipping Mode.

Select your preferred Snipping mode from the choices available to you.

Now when you click New, your preferred Snipping Mode will be automatically selected.

Click and drag on your screen to capture your region. Select the preferred window if you selected Window mode. If you selected Full-screen mode , then your entire screen will be automatically captured.

The capture will be automatically open in the Snipping Tool app once you’re done.

The perk of selecting your preferred mode in the app is that it is preselected every time you capture your screen. And that’s how you can change the snipping mode in the Snipping Tool app.

How to delay snipping in Snipping Tool

You can delay your captures using the Snipping Tool app. Unfortunately, you can’t configure delay when using the keyboard shortcut. 

Open the Snipping Tool app from your Start menu search.

Now click the drop-down menu for Delay snip at the top.

Select your preferred delay. 

You can now click New and capture your screen with the delay you selected. 

Delaying your captures can help capture elements that are dismissed when you click or interact with your PC. And that’s how you can delay captures when using the Snipping Tool app.

How to annotate and edit screenshots using Snipping Tool

You get the option to edit and annotate screenshots in the Snipping Tool app. You can choose to capture your screen from the app and then edit the captured region directly in the app. You also get the option to open captures from your local storage and edit them accordingly. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

Open the Snipping Tool app from your Start menu search.

Now click new to capture your screen.

Select your preferred Snipping Mode from the choices at the top of your screen.

Now capture your screen as needed.

Switch back to the Snipping Tool app, and your capture should now be already open in the app. 

If you wish to open an existing capture, switch to the Snipping Tool and press Ctrl + O on your keyboard. Click and select your desired capture or image from your local storage. 

Click Open once done.

You can also click the 3-dot(More) menu icon and select Open file to open existing captures.

Use the tools at the bottom to annotate your capture as needed. You get the following tools at your disposal.

  • Ballpoint pen
  • Highlighter
  • Eraser

Use the Image crop option to crop your capture if needed.

You can also use Touch write if you have a compatible input peripheral.

Additionally, click Ruler if you wish to create straight lines.

The Ruler will now be added to your screen. Click and drag it around to place it as desired.

Scroll up or down on the Ruler to rotate your ruler as needed.

You can now use the Ballpoint pen or Highlighter and place them against the ruler as you click and drag. This should help you create straight lines.

You also get the option to use a Protractor. Click the arrow beneath the Ruler icon at the bottom.

Select Protractor.

Click and drag to place your Protractor as we did with the Ruler above.

You can now click and drag along its edges to create curves as needed.

Similarly, you can change the width and color of your Ballpoint pen and Highlighter as well. Click the arrow beneath either tool you’re currently using.

Now use the Slider at the bottom to adjust the Size.

Click and select your preferred color from the choices at the top.

Once you’re happy with the outcome, click Save in the top right corner.

Navigate to the desired location where you wish to save the capture and click Save.

You can also press Ctrl + S on your keyboard to save your capture.

And that’s how you can edit and annotate captures in the Snipping Tool.

How to customize Snipping Tool (Settings to know)

Snipping Tool allows you to customize various settings so you can control its behavior according to your liking and workflow. Here’s how you can do that on your PC.

Open the Snipping Tool from the Start menu search.

Click the 3-dot(More) menu icon in the top right corner.

Select Settings.

You can now customize the following settings for the Snipping Tool. Turn each toggle on or off based on your preferences.

  • Automatically copy changes: This option will automatically copy any edits you make to your captured screenshot in Snipping Tool directly to the screenshot copied to your clipboard. This allows you to make the edits and then automatically paste the screenshot wherever you like.
  • Automatically save screenshots: This option will automatically save all your captures to the Screenshots folder in your Pictures library.
  • Ask to save edited screenshots: This option will prompt you to save a captured screenshot or discard it each time you use the Snipping Tool.
  • Multiple windows: This option will open multiple captures in separate windows so that you can edit them all later in a single go.
  • Add a border to each screenshot: As the name suggests, enabling this option will add a border around each screenshot you capture using the Snipping Tool.

Changes you make to Snipping Tool settings will be automatically applied to the app. The last thing you can customize is the app theme used by Snipping Tool. Click App theme to get you started.

Now click and select one of the options depending on the theme you prefer. Selecting Use system setting will make the app use the theme applied to your Windows 11 UI. If your system switches between light and dark themes on a schedule, then so will Snipping Tool.

  • Light
  • Dark 
  • Use system setting 

And that’s how you can customize Snipping Tool settings to better suit your workflow.

We hope this post helped you get familiar with and easily use Snipping Tool on your PC. If you face any issues or have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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