How Do You Snip and Sketch on Windows 10

Taking screenshots makes it easier to capture what’s on your screen. It allows us to share or save details for later. If you work on a laptop or desktop, you’re probably used to the screenshot keyboard shortcut and proceed to Paint for editing.

Fortunately, you can do both with Snip and Sketch on Windows 10. So if you’re wondering how to use Snip and Sketch on Windows 10, keep reading.

Snip and Sketch on Windows 10

What is Snip and Sketch on Windows 10?

Like the Windows Snipping tool, Snip and Sketch on Windows 10 offers similar screenshot ability. On the contrary, Snip and Sketch is an enhanced version of the Windows Snipping tool, offering a range of functions and ease of access.

While you can take a screenshot with the keyboard shortcut Windows key + PrtScn Button, this command captures the entire screen without the option to select a particular image or section of the screen to screenshot. But with Snip and Sketch, you can do more than that, from drawing a free-form shape to capturing the entire screen. 

4 Types of Snip

Before we proceed with the steps, here are the 4 types of Snip you can capture using the Windows 10 Snipping tool:

  • Freeform Snip – As the name suggests, you can draw a freeform shape around the object you want to capture with this type of snip.
  • Fullscreen Snip – Similar to the regular screenshot, this type of snip allows you to capture the entire screen.
  • Rectangular Snip – With this type of snip, you can create a rectangular shape by dragging the cursor around the object you want to capture.
  • Window Snip – This type of snip allows you to capture a window, like a dialog box, taskbar, pop-up page, etc.

How to use Snip and Sketch on Windows 10

Now, let’s discuss how to Snip and Sketch on Windows 10.

Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool

You can open the Snipping Tool in three different ways.

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S to instantly open the Snipping Tool.
  2. Click the Start menu and look for the Snip & Sketch application.
  3. On the lower-left corner of the taskbar, enter Snip & Sketch in the search box.

Step 2: Enable Screenshot Mode

If you open the Snip & Sketch app, click the New button in the upper-left corner. Click the arrow beside the New button to see the Delay drop-down menu. If desired, choose a delay time. Also, you can perform the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S to quickly enable the screenshot mode.

Step 3: Select a Mode/Type of Snip

Once you’ve enabled the screenshot mode, a top menu will appear on your screen. Choose from any of the following snips: 

  • Rectangular Snip
  • Freeform Snip
  • Window Snip
  • Fullscreen Snip

Step 4: Take a Screenshot

After choosing the mode, it will automatically take a screenshot if you opt for Fullscreen Snip. For Window Snip, select your preferred window, dialog box, or pop-up page to take a screenshot. But if you opt for Freeform Snip or Rectangular Snip, drag your cursor around the object you want to screenshot.

Note: If you use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S, click the pop-up notification at the bottom right corner of your screen to edit the screenshot.

Step 5: Start Editing

You can now start editing the screenshot thru Snip & Sketch by clicking the tools in the app’s toolbar. But before you do that, press Ctrl + C or click the Copy icon on the upper right corner of the app to keep the original screenshot.