is not only about the Windows Snipping Tool, but alternative snipping tools available for Windows users, as well as snipping tools on Android and iOS.

Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

snip-tool-win-10Update: As pointed out by our readers, Microsoft have moved the Snipping Tool in its final release version of Windows 10. It now lives in a location where we are probably more used to accessing it from. So, to start the Snipping Tool, click on the Start icon and then the All Apps option. This brings up an alphabetical list of programs and folders.

Scroll down to the ‘W’ section and click on the Windows Accessories folder. The Snipping Tool should be listed in this folder.

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If you’re going to use the Snipping Tool frequently, then you may want to take advantage of one of two options in the right-click context menu on the Snipping Tool, namely ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Pin to Taskbar’.


Pinning the Snipping Tool to Start, creates a ’tile’ for the software, in the group of tiles to the right of the Start menu. Pinning the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar, creates a permanent icon on the Windows Taskbar.

You could also use the Search option to the right of the Start icon and enter ‘sn’. The Snipping Tool will be the only option in the search result list.

Hope that helps everyone find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10.

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Whilst Windows 10 won’t be released until after April 2015, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the OS given the Technical Preview available to check out what’s changed for Snipping Tool users.

The good news is that on this review version of Win 10, the Snipping Tool is most definitely front and center! There’s a shortcut to it available on the main Start Menu no less!

CaptureWhich of course makes it a breeze to start up your favourite snipping tool in the latest OS from Microsoft. There’s also the usual Pin/Unpin from Start and Pin/Unpin from taskbar option.

However things got a bit confusing with the Pin/Unpin from Start option. Pinning it to Start means it appears as a tile option in the area to the right of the Start Menu and unpinning it moved it back to the Start menu.

The only way to remove it from the Start Menu/Area was to use the ‘Remove from this list’ option, which demoted it to the All Apps area under Windows Accessories – its usual home!

So the only real changes to where to find the Snipping Tool in Win 10 are more a reflection of a change in the OS itself with the merging of the two interfaces available in Win 8.

In our next post we’ll take a closer look at the Win 10 version of the Snipping Tool to see what has changed in its functionality.

Updated: Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t find any differences in functionality between a Win 7 snipping tool app and the Win 10 version!

Updated: Actually yes we did! Check out the new features in the Snipping Tool in Windows 10!


The Snip App is Dead, Long Live the Snipping Tool!

Wow, we didn’t pick this at all, but Microsoft is retiring the Snip App. Here’s a ‘snippet’ of the announcement.

We really appreciated your time and effort during this experiment. We have decided to discontinue development of Snip, and on May 1, 2018 the app will stop working, and you will no longer have access to your snips. 

You can export your screenshots with ink and voice recordings as video files (.mp4) from the library tab on the Snip toolbar.

So not only will the App stop working but you will lose all your snips? So any snips you have made with the Snip App and stored in its internal Library will disappear. This is a pretty harsh decision, especially as it appears the ‘export’ feature is on a snip by snip basis with no bulk export option obviously available.

Anyway, such is life in the world of software development, products come and go and we just move onto the next flavour – Netscape Navigator anyone?

And it appears that the Snip App was to enable Microsoft to develop their Windows Ink Workspace. Whilst the Ink Workspace looks like a great tool, it lacks the simple interface provided by the Snip App.

We assume the original Snipping Tool will still be part of Windows installs going forward but who knows for certain!

Share your thoughts below, do you use the Snip App? Do you think it’s any good? Do you prefer the Windows Snipping Tool? Let us know!

Windows Key shortcut for the Snipping Tool

Another top tip for Snipping Tool enthusiasts. You can actually bypass the Snipping Tool’s interface entirely by using this shortcut – Windows Key + Shift + S.

This key combination jumps straight into the Snipping Tool, greys out the screen and displays crosshairs for the user to select the section of the screen they wish to capture. Having snipped the display (as below), the selection is then copied to the clipboard to allow you to paste it into whatever software you wish.

Windows Key Snipping Tool Shortcut

Of course this bypasses the Snipping Tool’s own image editing capabilities, but of course you may prefer to edit your snips in some other software, in which case this shortcut is ideal for you. When we tested this, we could quickly snip screenshots into a new browser-based email.

Whilst not necessarily suitable in all circumstances, this shourtcut, Windows Key + Shift + S, is a great way to quickly take a snip and paste it wherever. It’s also possibly the fastest way to take a snip in Windows!

Snipping Tool and the future of Windows

Microsoft have released a new version of Windows every two to three years, Windows 10 in 2015, 8 in 2012, 7 in 2009, Vista back in 2007 [source]. So about now we’d all be looking forward to a new version either this year or next, but Microsoft have changed the way they deliver their Windows OS to its users. They have moved it to a ‘software as a service’ release model where users will receive twice yearly updates (around March and September) to the OS – read more here. So does this mean no more major changes to the OS or its standard application suite including the Snipping Tool?

Snipping Tool IconWe don’t know for certain, but we get the feeling Microsoft are happy with the underlying architecture of Windows 10 plus the feedback they have received from users. We certainly have not noticed much negativity about Windows 10 especially when compared to the reaction to Windows 8 on release.

As regards the Snipping Tool, we feel Microsoft will probably leave this pretty much as is, albeit with an occasional cosmetic change as seen in the recent Creators Update. What may move forward in terms of development changes could be the ‘Garage’ Snip app offered as an alternative screen capture tool by Microsoft although this App is already pretty full of cool features.

Whatever happens, we will keep you up to date with any changes to the Windows Snipping Tool.

Snipping Tool in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft is in the process of releasing the Creators Update for Windows 10, find out if you have it already and if not how you can get it. As usual, we’ve checked this new version of Windows to see if there have been any changes to whereabouts of the Snipping Tool or any of its features.

Mode option on Snipping Tool toolbar

New ‘Mode’ Option

Upon starting the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 Creators Update, we can already see a visual, yet simple change with the introduction of a fifth option, ‘Mode’, to the toolbar.

Unfortunately, the features it offers are nothing new, Microsoft have simply moved the ‘snip shape’ selections from the ‘New’ option to an option of their own. No new shapes have been added, just the usual four are available, namely, ‘Free-form’, ‘Rectangular’, ‘Window’ and ‘Full-screen’.

The only other changes were cosmetic, the ‘Eraser’ has been renamed ‘Rubber’ and the pen and highlighter icons have been updated.

Otherwise, everything else is just about the same, no new features or tools, and is where it was in the general Windows 10 version. A bit of a let-down really, as we were hoping for something new or at least an upgrade to the new Windows Snip App. Let us know what you think of the ‘new’ version of the Snipping Tool in the comment section below.

Microsoft Snip Editor Tools

A while back we mentioned the Microsoft Snip App which is available for download here. This is a relatively new snipping tool application from Microsoft and we believe will replace the current snipping tool in future versions of Windows.

At the time we described the Snip App’s functionality but we glossed over the Snip Editor tools that are available once you have taken your snip. These tools are a massive step up from the limited set in the standard snipping tool and are great for people looking to annotate their snips. So let’s take a deeper look at these tools.

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