How to Make a Screenshot with Snip & Sketch on Windows 10

by | Feb 26, 2020 | Windows

Want to share something from your screen easily? Find out here how to make a screenshot using Snip & Sketch on Windows 10—quickly and even using a keyboard shortcut.

First, Guess Any Face’s Pretty Side

When you take a portrait, you should also take a guess: every face has two sides, and one will be liked better than the other. Which one should your photo show?

If your subject neither tells you nor takes a selfie (typically from the angle they prefer), here’s how to guess: it’s the left side. Most people prefer their face’s left side over the right.

Now, for portraits of your Windows desktop? I’d guess full frontal:

How to Make a Screenshot with Snip & Sketch on Windows 10

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To take a screenshot—of the whole screen or just a part—in Windows 10 with Snip & Sketch:

  1. Open Snip & Sketch.

  2. Click New.

    Tip: Click the downward-pointed arrowhead (˅) next to New in the Snip & Sketch toolbar to add a delay before the screen is grabbed.
    Windows keyboard shortcut: You can also press Windows Shift S to immediately take a screenshot with Snip & Sketch or set up the Print key to do the same. (See below.)

  3. Choose how much of the screen you want to capture:

    Rectangular Clip: grab a rectangle, say a window. Note that you cannot have Snip & Sketch select a window for you; you do have to drag the rectangle around it.
    Freeform Clip: Select any area on the screen; you can get creative, Snip & Sketch will always complete your form with a straight line.
    Fullscreen Clip: grab the whole screen.
    Choose how much of the screen you want to capture

  4. If you initiated the screenshot with a keyboard shortcut, optionally click the notification that appears to open the screenshot in Snip & Sketch for annotating.

    Note: The screenshot has been copied to the clipboard, and you can paste it into another image editor as well.

  5. Optionally, annotate and edit the screenshot you have taken using Snip & Sketch’s markup tools.

How to Use the “Print” Key to Take Screenshots with Snip & Sketch

To have the Print key start a new screenshot in Snip & Sketch:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select the Settings gear icon (Windows menu Settings).
  3. Now open the Ease of Access category.
  4. Select Keyboard under Interaction on the left.
  5. Make sure Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping is On under Print Screen shortcut.
  6. Close the settings window.

(How to make a screenshot with Snip & Sketch on Windows 10 tested with Snip & Sketch 10.1907; updated February 2020)