Keyboard Shortcut for the Snipping Tool in Windows 11

Frequent users of the Windows Snipping Tool may prefer to start the app via a keyboard shortcut. They will be pleased to know that the keyboard combination of ‘Windows + Shift + s’ can be used to open up the Snipping Tool in snipping mode in Windows 11.

Snip and Sketch users will note this is the same keyboard shortcut for Snip and Sketch in Windows 10. The keyboard shortcut ‘Windows + Shift + s’ is yet another feature transferred from the Snip and Sketch app to the standard Windows Snipping Tool in Windows 11.

This keyboard shortcut opens up the app in snipping mode straight away and once the snip is made, it is copied to the clipboard. A user notification is displayed to indicate the snip has been copied. The user can then click on this notification to open the snip within Snipping Tool app and edit the snip if required.

So the keyboard shortcut is very useful if you want to take a quick snip and have it copied to the clipboard. And then it is a simple one click step to open the full App to make any edits you may require.

You can also set up a Hot Key combination for the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.

What’s new in the Windows 11 Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11 looks a lot different than its Windows 10 predecessor. Along with an icon change, the Snipping Tool now has a look and feel similar to the App, Snip and Sketch. Whilst this could be a big change for existing Snipping Tool users, the move to merge these two pieces of software seems like a sensible idea to remove the functional overlap between the two.

We shall run through the differences below and highlight any major changes.

Icon Change

The new icon still has the familiar scissors motif of both the previous apps but is a welcome upgrade, highlighting the changes in the software.

Interface Change

The new Snipping Tool does have a very different look and feel from the Windows 10 version. At start up you will be presented with an interface very familiar to Snip and Sketch users, but hopefully not too different for Snipping Tool users either with the familiar New, Mode, and Delay options available.

Snip Edit Features

Once you have captured your snip, the new Snipping Tool snip edit interface has a look and feel more akin to Snip and Sketch, with the familiar edit icons displayed.

However, the Snip and Sketch ‘pencil’ option has been removed – interestingly there was no equivalent in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool either. The only writing options are ‘Ballpoint pen’ and ‘Highlighter’ in various colours.

Ruler, Touch Writing and Image Crop features from Snip and Sketch have been added to the Snipping Tool, along with the handy Undo and Redo edit options.

The Snipping Tool also has a responsiveness matching the Snip and Sketch app, with icons moving around as you change the app’s window size.

Snip Sharing and Saving

And just like both the old Snipping Tool and Snip and Sketch App, you can copy or save a snip. The email functionality from the Windows 10 Snipping Tool has been extended to match the Share functionality taken from the Snip and Sketch app.

The New Snipping Tool

So, after a number of years of having two different Windows snipping tools available, Microsoft have finally merged the two into one, the Snipping Tool for Windows 11. Whilst users of the previous version of the Snipping Tool may take a while to get use to the new interface, it is certainly has a more modern look and feel, matching other Windows applications. Of course for Snip and Sketch users, it’s pretty much the same App.

Welcome to the new Windows 11 Snipping Tool!

Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 11

So Microsoft has announced the latest version of their operating system, Windows 11, and is now available for those of us in the Windows Insider Program. As with any new version of Windows, we shall take a look at any changes to the Snipping Tool introduced by the new OS.

First of all how to find the Snipping Tool and with a new interface for Windows 11, we have a new way of reaching your favourite applications.

Find the Snipping Tool

  • Click on the Windows icon on the center-aligned taskbar to display your Start Menu
  • Click on All Apps and scoll down the alphabetically ordered list to find the Snipping Tool

Add the Snipping Tool to the Start Menu

If you are a frequent user of the Snipping Tool then it would make sense to add the application to your Start Menu, so the app is more quickly available. Here’s how …

  1. Access the Start Menu by clicking on the Windows icon into the Taskbar
  2. Click on the All Apps option to list all applications
  3. Right click on the the Snipping Tool and select Pin to Start Menu
  4. The Snipping Tool is now added to the end of apps displayed on the Start Menu
  5. It can also be added to the Taskbar, select the More option and Pin to Taskbar when right clicking on the app

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