Microsoft is killing the Snipping Tool app

If you are a fan of the classic Snipping Tool app, here is bad news for you. Starting with Windows version 1809, Microsoft may remove the app in favor of a modern snipping experience. It won't happen right now or tomorrow, but it will definitely happen.


The Snipping Tool is a simple and useful application shipped with Windows by default. It was created specially for taking screenshots. It can create most types of screenshots - window, custom area or whole screen.

Snipping Tool Capture Type

The Snipping Tool was part of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition but went mainstream after it was included in Windows Vista. It is able to capture screenshots of a window, of a screen area or the whole screen contents. Once you capture an image, you can add an annotation and save your capture to a *.png, *.jpg or *.gif file. The tool did not change much until Windows 10.

The official release notes for Windows 10 build 17704 include the following text.

A note about Snipping Tool

As we mentioned with Build 17661, we’re in the process of consolidating and modernizing our snipping experiences in Windows. When you upgrade to today’s build you’ll see a note about this in the Snipping Tool. Currently, we are not planning to remove the Snipping Tool in the next update to Windows 10 and the consolidation work underway will be a feedback and data-driven decision. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to try out the Screen Sketch app and let us know how it’s working for you. Screen Sketch gives you all of the functionality of the Snipping Tool with additional improvements. You can launch the app directly and start a snip from there, or just press WIN + Shift + S, click the back of your pen, or press the Print Screen key (the later two you will need to turn on in Settings – details here).

The Snipping Tool showing a link saying Snipping Tool will be removed in a future update. Trying improved features and snip like usual with Screen Sketch.

So, the Snipping Tool app will eventually be replaced with a new Screen Snip feature.  Using this new tool, you can capture a rectangle, snip a freeform area, or take a full screen capture, and copy it directly to the clipboard. Immediately after taking a snip you’ll now get a notification that will take you and your snip to the Screen Sketch app where you can annotate and share away. In the current implementation, other traditional tools available in the Snipping Tool (Delay, Window snip, and ink color, etc) are missing.

Windows 10 Screen Snip Action Button

Windows 10 Screen Snip Toolbar

See the following article:

Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10

So, what do you think about the discontinuation of the Snipping Tool  app?

8 thoughts on “Microsoft is killing the Snipping Tool app

  1. OnScoobySnacks

    Looks like it’s time to create the Classic Snipping Tool v1.0 for us non-want-to-use-any-windows-universal-sucky-apps diehards.

    OSS

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  2. JeniSkunk

    I wonder how long it will be, before M$ inflict this downgrade on Win7 and 8/8.1 users.

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  3. Anders

    Typical, kill one of the most useful apps introduced in Windows and make crapware of it. Time has come to migrate to ShareX.

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  4. Shyam Reddy

    Never used so that is ok by me. I use snipaste and it serves my purpose. :)

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  5. Bobby Phoenix

    As long as the replacement has the same function I’m OK with it. I use the tool many times a day.

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  6. Maztergee

    This is why I refuse to upgrade my version of Windows 10, I’m still running Build 1607.. will never upgrade. I use the SnippingTool religiously, I have it in my app Paths as st.exe so I just hit Run, st and it opens. F*** you Microsoft forever changing things for no reason.

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  7. maritza

    How do I feel? I feel awful. I like simple apps that do just one thing and do it well. I possitively hate things that do a hundred things I don’t need and overload my PC in the way. Snipping tool was my kind of thing. Too bad MS is bent on taking away the best things Windows had and replacing them with this so called “modern” crap. Oh, well, I always prefer using Windows own things than third party tools whenever it’s possible. I think this is one of the times it’s not possible. Not that there’s any shortage of good third party apps…

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  8. Stephen

    Good. The Snipping Tool is useless it needs a better cross-hairs and some advanced functionality like ShareX or PickPick. Knowing the history of Microsoft though the next iteration of this functionality won’t be much better.

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