A couple of months ago, we discovered that Microsoft is testing a new screen clipping experience that would allow users to draw any shape to create a screen snip, and the company internally started testing this feature in March.
Microsoft today announced a new Windows 10 preview build with several new features and improvements. The build is from the Redstone 5 branch and it finally launches the much-anticipated snipping experience with a better look and new features. The modern snipping experience allows you to capture and annotate what you see on your screen.
In Windows 10 Build 17661, you can use WIN + Shift + S to access the toolbar and snip any part of the screen. The snipping experience uses the full screen to deliver the best experience and you can share it quickly with your friends. It can be moved to the Screen Sketch app which allows you to modify the snip with annotations and similar features.
If your device supports Pen and it has a tail button, you can configure the Pen to launch the screen snipping feature whenever the button on the tail is clicked. A similar setting can be configured for the keyboard. Microsoft has also added “Screen snip” option to the Action Center.
“The new modern snipping experience is here to help you effortlessly capture and annotate what you see on your screen,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post.
The rumours claim that the feature is also supported on a device with a dual display which could be the long rumoured Andromeda. While little is known at this point, Microsoft might be testing another set of new features for the screen snipping experience.
The new improved version of the existing Snipping Tool will be pre-installed in Windows 10 Redstone 5 update. The next big Windows 10 update is expected to ship in October with a long list of new features. Microsoft is also working on Sets which brings web browser-like tabs to the UWP and legacy apps including the File Explorer.
Microsoft is currently busy with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update public rollout, and more improvements for Redstone 5 are expected to land in the coming weeks when new builds are released to Windows Insiders.