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Microsoft releases Snip, a new screen capturing and annotation tool for Windows 10

Microsoft releases Snip, a new screen capturing and annotation tool for Windows 10

by AshwinAugust 27, 2015

Microsoft has release a new free application called Snip.


As the name suggests, it is a screen capturing tool, but also allows users to annotate texts, and share it with others.
By default, Snip’s capture bar is placed on the top of the screen, right in the center, and is auto hidden. Hover your mouse cursor over the small partially hidden bar to display the entire bar.

You can also drag Snip’s capture bar anywhere around the screen, and it automatically switches to vertical mode when dragged to either side of the screen (also auto hidden).

Microsoft Snip replaces the print-screen key’s function, pressing which will bring up a crosshair. By default it will capture the entire Window or dekstop, depending on which app you have in the background. You can also click and drag the mouse over the portion of the screen which you wish to capture, and it will also display the size of the selected area (in pixels). Let go of the mouse to capture the selected area of the screen.


This opens the Snip Editor, and this is where the tool’s features take over to impress you. Let’s get back to this later. The other two options in the Snip capture bar, are Whiteboard, and Camera. The latter is self explanatory, while Whiteboard lets you draw or scribble whatever you want using the Editor.

Now let’s talk about the Snip Editor. It allows you to record audio, scribble some text annotations in various colours, save your Snips, a Library (where Snips are auto saved), and sharing options, which you can use to share your Snips with your friends or on social networks, by sending a URL.


You can save your Snip as an MP4 video too.


How to download and install Microsoft Snip

  • Download the Microsoft Snip installer from the official website.
  • It is a 2MB file. Run the EXE to begin installing Snip.
  • Once it is completed, the app will automatically run, and show you some basic tips.

Microsoft Snip can save images in the following formats: PNG, JPEG, BMP, and GIF (yes you can animate it).

Snip is still in beta and as such has very basic features, as of now.  It does not even have a timed capture option which the Windows 10’s built in snipping tool has, well in fact Snip doesn’t have professional options like Menu Capturing, Scrolling Window Capture, and more.

But I think even in its early stage, Snip is an excellent alternative for manual Print Screen + MS Paint, and then uploading the image to share it with others. Snip handles all these features as a breeeze.