How to use the new Microsoft Snip Screen Capture Tool on Windows 10

Microsoft’s latest Office tool will be a blessing if your work involves taking screenshots regularly. Microsoft Snip is a drool worthy tool for Windows 10 users like myself for whom taking screenshot is part and parcel of the work. Windows does include the Snipping Tool but  Microsoft Snip is an improved and a more powerful screen capture tool.

Microsoft Snip Screen Capture Tool

Microsoft Snip Screen Capture Tool

Once you download and install Snip, you will see that it is always present on the screen thus letting users create a capture almost instantly.  One can access Snip, using the hover menu which will be present at the topmost center of the screen. The main menu is divided into three primary functions – Capture, Whiteboard and Camera.

Microsoft Snip Screen Capture Tool

The plain captures are copied to clipboard and if you add audio to the file, then it will automatically be converted to a MP4 file. The converted file can be embedded on websites and can also be viewed as a standalone video from Microsoft’s servers. We took Microsoft Snip for a spin and listed below are some of the interesting features it offers.

The Capture button can be used to capture screen shots by either cropping the desirable section or by capturing the entire screen by pressing enter. Once the screenshot is captured, Snip navigates to the Snip Editor, which consists of several tools to make your screenshot better and more intuitive.

The Record button will not just record the annotations and the other actions you carry out on the screenshot but it can also record your voice allowing us to explain better. The screen is saved locally by default and it can also be shared through email.

Whiteboard is more like an extended paint tool and it will let you scribble your thoughts and simultaneously explain them through voice recording.

Last but not the least is the Camera capture button, which simply switches on your webcam and allows you to take a picture of yourself. We have to note that editing options are same for Capture, Whiteboard and Camera.

The new Snip tool is doubtlessly more intuitive and is packed with powerful features, which elevates it to a level above as opposed to the usual run of the mill screenshot tool. That being said we would have loved an option to record the screen, in-built in to the Snip, something similar to how Camtasia functions.

Microsoft Snip is still in beta but make no mistake, it is not just any ordinary screenshot tool. Go get it here.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Windows enthusiast, a blogger & a keen follower of everything Microsoft. He loves to keep a track of the Windows ecosystem and enjoys covering Windows 10 features & freeware.