Taking snapshots back in the days of older Windows versions was a tedious job, we had to press Print Screen key to save the screenshot to the clipboard then open MS Paint and press CTRL+V to paste the screenshot.

Users who wanted advanced features had to use third-party tools, like PicPick (free!).

Then Microsoft introduced Snipping Tool in order to help users taking snapshots without using third-party tools. This feature was introduced in Windows 7 and is also available in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

But now it’s moving to a new app called Snip & Sketch, which is using the UI that all Windows 10 apps are using.

In this tutorial you will learn how to launch Snip & Sketch using four different methods.

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1. Launch Snip & Sketch Using Keyboard Shortcut

The first way is the easiest, all you have to do is pressing theses keys simultaneously: Windows+Shift+S

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2. Using Action Center’ Screen Snip Button

The second way to open Snip & Sketch is through the Action Center, just press Windows+A keys and you will see Screen snip button. If you don’t have it by default I will show you how to add it.

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Open Settings App using the keys Windows+I. Go to “System“.

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Click on “Notifications & actions” then click on “Edit your quick actions“.

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Now you can remove/add any buttons to the Action Center. Click “Add“.

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Choose “Screen snip“.

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3. Using Print Screen Button

If you want to use the PrtScn keyboard button as a shortcut, go to the Settings App and choose “Ease of Access“.

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Go to “Keyboard” section under Interaction and toggle the Print Screen shortcut option.

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4. Using Run Command or Shortcut

Or if you want you can use the following command in Run: explorer ms-screenclip:

Tip: To open Run use the Windows+R keyboard combination.

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You can use the same command to create a shortcut in your Desktop.

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Bonus: How to Use Snip & Sketch

Here is a quick & easy tutorial on how to use this new tool in Windows 10.

The options to take a screenshot are the following:

  • Rectangular
  • Freeform
  • Window
  • Fullscreen
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Use your mouse to make the selection as you wish…

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The snip was added to the clipboard but you can edit it immediately by clicking on the notification to open the editor.

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Use your creativity wisely and create the best screenshots you can.

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There you have it!

Feel free to leave a comment below this tutorial to ask questions or to thank me. That will help!

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