A lot has changed in Windows 11, but the trusted Snip and Sketch tool will remain. How to use it.

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With Windows 11 in hand, you're probably still trying to figure out the new features. For example, if you want to take a screenshot and annotate it on Windows 11, is there any way to take a screenshot on Windows 11 where you don't press Print Screen and paste the result into Paint?

Fortunately, the Snip and Sketch tool is the perfect solution to this problem. So let's find out how to use the Snip and Sketch tool to take a screenshot on Windows 11 and get the most out of its features.

How to take screenshots with Snip and Sketch

The Snip and Sketch tool was added to Windows 10 as part of version 1809. It was so convenient that Microsoft decided to take it with them for the trip to Windows 11, where it comes pre-installed with the operating system.

The Snip and Sketch tool is a powerful native utility that allows you to take screenshots and sketch over them for illustration purposes. It is useful to have on hand when you don't want or can't download a third-party screenshot and annotation tool.

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To take screenshots on Windows 11 using the Snip and Sketch tool:

  1. Start the begin Menu by clicking or pressing the Start button Win.

  2. Type Cut out and sketch and click the best match.

  3. click on the New Button to make a free rectangular section of your screen.

  4. If you want to schedule a screenshot for the next few seconds, you can click the drop-down button and click the time interval you want.

  5. After you've cut out the screen, you can sketch over it with the available pens and markers. You can also crop it, save it, or print it out as needed. You can even share it with an email contact or add it to Microsoft OneNote.

Snip & Sketch on Windows 11

How to take screenshots with the Snip and Sketch keyboard shortcut

Going through the Start menu to take a screenshot can get really annoying when you have an itchy photo finger. Fortunately, there is an easier way to take screenshots using the Snip and Sketch utility on Windows 11. All you have to do is press the correct key combination:

  1. Open the window you want to take a screenshot of.

  2. Press Shift + Win + S. You know the Snip and Sketch tool has been activated as the screen is getting darker.

  3. In the menu that appears at the top of the screen, Choose the cut shape (usually you want to go Rectangular snippets) and select the area you want to record.

  4. click on the Snip and Sketch popup which is displayed in the upper right corner of the taskbar to edit the section.

  5. You can now sketch over your screenshot, print it, copy it to the clipboard, or save it for future use.

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M. Fahad Khawaja
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Fahad is a writer at MakeUseOf and is currently studying computer science. As an avid tech writer, he makes sure he stays up to date with the latest technology. He is particularly interested in football and technology.

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