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How to use Snip and Sketch in Windows 10

Posted on: Jun, 2020 By: Kara Jones

This week we dive into how-to's. Monday, we looked at adding Instagram videos from your custom Slide clip creations. After that, we looked at creating Google Slide presentations (think of PowerPoint for Google basically). And today we look at the snip and sketch tool and will learn how to copy your screen on Windows 10. This is really helpful for capturing images when writing an SOP, work instruction, single point lesson, or are reporting bugs and errors to software teams. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so let's jump right in with our first screen snip:

Where is Snip and Sketch on my computer?

This tool resides in your applications library on Windows 10 as seen in the image below.

Windows programs list open to Snip and Sketch screen capture tool.

What if I don't have Snip & Sketch on my computer / how do I get Snip & Sketch for my computer?

You can download this tool free from Microsoft's website here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/snip-sketch/9mz95kl8mr0l?activetab=pivot:overviewtab or you can download it from the Microsoft Store on your computer.

Microsoft App Store screenshot displaying the download link for Microsoft Snip and Sketch screen capture software

How do I Set up Snip & Sketch

In order to copy your screen in Windows, you first need to set up the tool, following the steps outlined below:

  1. Open Snip&Sketch app from your Windows program list
Snip and Sketch application window open showing "new" icon selected

2. Click on the 3 horizontal dots in the upper right corner, and select "Settings".

Snip and Sketch options icon open to settings

Click on "Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping"

Snip and Sketch print screen shortcut settings window

Accept the prompt to switch apps when it appears

Snip and sketch warning pop up requesting the switch to settings app

Scroll down the Keyboard menu that appears until you reach the option to enable Print screen

Keyboard settings window open to main page

Click on the blue toggle to enable the Print Screen shortcut, and you are ready to go.

Keyboard settings window scrolled to bottom of menu displaying print screen shortcut highlighted in yellow

Great job!

two laptops open and facing each other, with autonomous figures extending through the screens, shaking hands across a blank space

How do I use Snip & Sketch to take a screenshot?

Step 1: while viewing whatever screen you want to capture, press the print screen button on your keyboard.

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Physical keyboard with red arrow pointing to print screen key demonstrating how to screen capture using the keyboard

Step 2: Open whatever program you wish to have the image pasted into (Word, Google Docs, Paint, PhotoShop, Facebook, Twitter, Trello, Wordpress...the list goes on)

Step 3: press Ctrl+V on your keyboard or right-click and select Paste

drop down list when right clicking on a text field, allowing user to select paste to paste an item.

Congratulations! You have shared your first screen-captured image using Snip & Sketch! Being able to copy your screen on Windows 10 enables you to quickly post images of problems, steps to be taken, and more. The list goes on! Once you've begun using Snip&Sketch to copy your screen on Windows 10, feel free to comment below on what you like most about it, and how you are using it in your daily life.

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By: Kara Jones
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