Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10

In the upcoming Windows 10 version, currently referred to as "Redstone 5", Microsoft is going to rework the built-in tools for taking screenshots. The recently released build 17661 comes with a new Screen Snip feature that has been added to Windows 10 to quickly snip and share a screenshot.


Windows 10 already includes a bunch of options for taking screenshots. I've covered them in the article

Take A Screenshot In Windows 10 Without Using Third Party Tools

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Using the 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.

To take a screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Press the Win + Shift + S keys. Alternatively, you can press the Print Screen key or click on the pen tail button (if you have a pen). Finally, you can use the Screen snip quick action button in the Action Center.Windows 10 Screen Snip Action Button
  2. A snipping toobar will open. Select to snip a rectangle, freeform, or full screen.Windows 10 Screen Snip Toolbar
  3. Take a snip using the desired tool.Windows 10 Screen Snip In Action
  4. A notification will appear informing you that your capture is saved to the clipboard. Now you can paste it to any supported document.Windows 10 Screen Snip Notification

That's it.
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7 thoughts on “Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10

  1. Jamie

    Cant seem to get the toolbar to show up if i hit win-shift-s the draw free form works but no toolbar

  2. Dave

    “SnippingTool.exe” has been included in windows since 7 and still works just fine in 10. I’m betting the “new” functionality is the ability to send everything you snip to M$.

    I do hope that you will make the old snipping tool available for download here like you have for so many other old (non invasive) versions of windows tools.

  3. Akiko

    For some reason the notification doesn’t show up, and I’m unable to download my screenshot. How do I get the notification to appear? Or does the screenshot go somewhere?

      1. Zack mclean-duff

        Yeah I had the same thing had focus assist on then switched it off and it still dos’t come up with a notification

  4. Zack mclean-duff

    Yeah I had the same thing had focus assist on then switched it off and it still dosn’t come up with a notification

  5. Riya Gupta

    i have acer laptop


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