On your Windows 11, you will get the integrated version of the classic Snipping tool and Snip & Sketch tool. Microsoft combined the desirable features of both tools and fused them into a brand new Snipping tool with some additional functions. For example, you can take screenshots of the entire screen, windows or a particular portion of the screen, depending on your needs, using the Snipping tool. 

In this article, we will show you how to use the snipping tool and its key features. So without wasting time, we can move on to the steps to use the snipping tool in Windows 11.

Important features of the Snipping Tool:

  • Windows 11 users are able to take screenshots using the WIN + SHIFT + S keyboard shortcut.
  • Introduced new settings page for Snipping tool in Windows 11.
  • New features were added including, Windows Snip, Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip and Fullscreen Snip.
  • The brand new Snipping tool comes up with editing tools for annotation, cropping and more additional features to edit the screenshots as you wish.
  • You can use different themes for the Snipping tool.

Steps to take Screenshot on Windows 11:

Windows 11 allows users to bring up the sniping menu by pressing Windows + Shift + S simultaneously, otherwise launch the sniping app and use a tool to create a capture.

  • Firstly, click on the Start button and in the search box, type Snipping tool and open the relevant search result. 
  • Then select the Snipping mode and from the drop-down menu, select the mode you need to use.

There are four modes available:

Windows mode is to capture the screenshot of any app window.

Rectangular mode is to capture a rectangular area of the screen. You need to select and drag a rectangular area of the needed screen.  

Freeform mode captures the area in free form, which means drawing a shape around an object you need to snip.

Fullscreen mode is to capture the whole screen of the display. 

  • You can select the Time before snip option to delay the snipping time. There are three options available there: no delay: Snip in 3 secs, Snip in 5 secs, and Snip in 10 secs.
  • Now click on the New button and select the region to capture.snipping tool in Windows 11
  • After capturing the screenshot, you can edit it using the Image Crop tool and resize the screenshot.
  • If you need to write something on the captured screenshot, you can use the Ballpoint pen, Highlighter and Touch writing option from the top menu. 
  • Once edited the screenshot, select the Save icon from the top right corner of the screen.
  • Then Save as the image in JPEG, PNG or GIF. 
  • Finally, click on the Save button.

Note: You can use the Copy button to copy and paste the screenshot into a document. As well as, you can use the Share button to share the screenshot with others through the social app and email.

Edit Snapping Tool Settings:

To take a smooth and easy screenshot with the snipping tool, you can make changes to the snipping tool settings. 

To make changes in the Snipping tool, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, click on the Start button and in the search box, type Snipping tool and open the relevant search result. Snipping tool in Windows 11
  • Then click on the Menu (three-dot at the right corner of the screen), and from the drop-down menu, select the Settings.
  • In the Settings screen, select the Snipping section and change the snipping tool settings.

Auto copy to clipboard– This setting is to update the clipboard automatically when editing the screenshot.

Save snips- To appear a Save prompt before closing the snipping tool.

Multiple windows– To launch a new window every time a new screenshot is captured.

Snip online– To add borders automatically to all snips.

  • Once done, next time onwards, the Snipping tool will function as per the settings.

Edit the Snipping tool Color Mode:

You can also change the color theme of the Snipping tool in Windows 11. To change the Color theme, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, click on the Start button and in the search box, type Snipping tool and open the relevant search result. 
  • Then click on the Menu (three-dot at the right corner of the screen), and from the drop-down menu, select the Settings option.
  • Now scroll down and select the Appearance section and click on the App Theme option.
  • There select the theme as you wish; Light/Dark/Use system settings.
  • Once done, the Snipping app will switch to the selected theme.

Enable Print Screen key to use the Snipping Tool:

To quickly capture a screenshot with the Snipping tool in Windows 11, you need to press on PrtSc (Print Screen) button alone instead of the Windows + Shift + S shortcut keys. You can follow the below steps to learn how to enable the Print Screen key to make screen snipping easier and faster,

  • Firstly, click on the Start button and in the search box, type Snipping tool and open the relevant search result. 
  • Then click on the Menu (three-dot at the right corner of the screen), and from the drop-down menu, select the Settings option.
  • Now scroll down and select the Shortcuts section and click on the Change in settings option beside the Print Screen shortcut.  
  • In the newly opened screen, select and Turn on the toggle beside the Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping option
  • Once done, you need to press the PrtSc button instead of the above three keys Shortcut to take new screenshots. 

These are all about the easy steps to take a screenshot with Snipping Tool on Windows 11. If you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, leave a comment in the below comment box.