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Take, annotate and share screenshots on Windows 10

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There are many reasons you may want to take screenshots in Windows 10. Perhaps you want to show a coworker how to use a specific program, or maybe you want to show the IT Gal an error on your computer. Whatever your reason, creating screenshots and marking them up is very straightforward on Windows 10 using the new Snip & Sketch.

Snip & Sketch replaces the Snipping Tool that was in place in earlier versions of Windows 10. Although both programs are currently available on many Windows 10 versions, opening the Snipping Tool will prompt you to make a move to Snip & Sketch – and you should!

How To

You can begin a capture in a couple of ways:

  1. Press Windows Key + Shift + S; or
  2. Open the Snip & Sketch app by searching for it in the Start Menu or by typing in the search bar on your toolbar (usually in the lower left of your screen)

Note: If you use the shortcut method, your screen will immediately dim so that you can capture right away. If you open the app, you will need to press the “New” button in the upper left-hand corner of the dialog box. The app also immediately displays the shortcut that you can use to start a capture.

Choose the shape of your capture, rectangle, freeform, a window, or fullscreen. Fullscreen captures your entire screen in the snip.

Once you have chosen your type of snip and selected the portion of the screen that you want to capture, the image is automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can paste it in another app.

Once you have a snip in the program, editing options will appear at the top of the screen. These include: a colored pen, a highlighter, a pencil and an eraser.

Make your desired annotation, then copy, share or save your snip.

To pick up more tips and tricks, watch this 3 minute video on YouTube.

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