Want to take quick snips or screenshots of your screen? Here are some of the best Snipping Tools for Windows that are easy to use.
When you see something interesting on your screen, it is only natural that you might want to save and share it. That is where a snipping tool can help you. A snipping tool lets you take a quick screen snip or screenshot. Depending on the snipping tool, you can even edit the screen snip to make sure it is the way you want it to be. As part of my daily workflow, I take many screen snips and do basic edits to best represent what I’m trying to show.
When it comes to a snipping tool for Windows, there are a lot of them. Some are good, and some are bad. In this short and straightforward article, let me share with you some of the best snipping tools for Windows that make snipping and saving as easy as possible.
Best snipping tool for Windows (free)
These are some of the best free snipping tools for Windows. Being free, you don’t have to pay anything for excellent screen snips.
Snip & Sketch
Snip & Sketch is the new official snipping tool from Microsoft. It is available directly from the Windows Store. In the upcoming versions of Windows, Snip & Sketch will replace the old Snipping Tool application.
Compared to the old Snipping Tool, the new Snip & Sketch tool is modern, easy to use, and has improved annotation tools to edit the image. If you have a touch screen, you can use the “Touch Writing” option to write or draw on the screen snip.
To take a screen snip, you open the application, press the Print Screen button, or click on the “New” button in the application window. When needed, you can take delayed snips by selecting the “Snip in 3 seconds” or “Snip in 5 seconds” option from the “New” dropdown menu. Once a snip is taken, it is automatically saved to the Pictures folder or the last saved folder by default.
If you are looking for a simple first-party application to take quick screen snips and do basic edits, Snip & Sketch is pretty good. Give it a try.
TechSmith Capture, formally known as Jing, is an excellent snipping tool for Windows. It has all the bells and whistles you will ever need. I’ve used TechSmith Capture for a long time to take screenshots and annotate them on the fly. One of the best things about TechSmith Capture is that it can auto recognize and select windows and panels when you mouse over them. This makes it easy to capture a specific window or a section of the window. Of course, if you want to, you can manually select the region you want to snip.
Once you take a screen snip with TechSmith Capture, you can either upload it to a cloud service to instantly share it or save it to your local drive. As for the annotation tools, TechSmith Capture comes with a built-in editor with all the essential annotation tools like an arrow, rectangle, highlighter, callout, etc.
Other than the screen snips, TechSmith Capture is also capable of basic screen recording and webcam recording.
If you are looking for a snipping tool that can also record your screen while providing an excellent user interface, TechSmith is the one for you.
If you like using Microsoft Office products, you will love the PicPick screenshot tool for Windows. One of the main reasons is that PicPick’s user interface and design language closely follow regular Office applications. Some of PicPick’s features include but are not limited to full-screen capture, region capture, freehand capture, scrolling window capture, a wide range of graphic accessories, essential annotation tools, the ability to share screenshots, etc. To put it simply, no matter the screenshot type you are taking, PicPick has almost every feature you will ever need. Not to mention, the plethora of options lets you customize the application to meet your specific needs.
Along with all the regular features, PicPick also comes with a neat little feature called Whiteboard. As you can guess from the name itself, it gives you a blank canvas to draw anything you want using the graphics accessories in PicPick.
All in all, PicPick is a fantastic little free tool for taking screenshots in Windows. Do keep in mind that the free version is for personal use only and doesn’t support auto-updates. i.e., you have to update it manually. If you want auto-updates or to use it in a commercial environment, purchase the Professional license.
Greenshot is a top-rated application among Windows users for taking screenshots. One of the best things about Greenshot is that it is very lightweight compared to all other applications on this list. Even so, Greenshot works like a charm and has all the basic and even some advanced features for all kinds of screenshots needs.
Of course, Greenshot comes with an editor to make essential annotations. Even though the user interface looks a bit old, it is very functional and shows all the options front and center so that you don’t have to dig through various menus to do simple tasks like opening an image in the editor or sharing a screenshot with other applications or services.
If you want a lightweight screenshot application with all the features required to take a good screenshot, give Greenshot a try. You will like it.
For a long time now, ShareX is one of my favorite applications to take screen snips in Windows. A few of the main reasons are its open-source nature and many options to customize the application the way you want.
When it comes to features, ShareX beats every application on this list. Using ShareX, you can take screenshots in various capture methods like full screen, active window, active monitor, menus, freehand, scrolling capture, etc. If needed, you can even do basic screen recording and create simple GIFs too. In addition to that, ShareX also has a built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) that lets you capture text from screenshots. This particular feature is handy if you are trying to grab text from old screenshots or books.
Of course, like any good screenshot tool, ShareX has a powerful editor to annotate images and screenshots. Once you are done with the editing, you can upload or share the screenshot with a wide range of services directly without leaving ShareX.
One of the exciting features of ShareX is that you can configure “After capture tasks.” This feature helps you automate things that you always do after taking a screenshot. For example, maybe you want to watermark the image as soon as you take a screenshot. In that case, you can make ShareX do that by configuring the After Capture Tasks.
All in all, ShareX is a potent yet user-friendly tool for taking screenshots in Windows. Keep in mind that there is a bit of a learning curve when you first start using the ShareX application, but it is well worth it. If you don’t mind the learning curve, I strongly recommend you try and use ShareX.
That is all. These are my favorite applications to take screen snips or screenshots in Windows. If you think I missed any of your favorite screenshot tools for Windows, comment below and share them.
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