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!