Windows 10‘s built-in screenshot tool has improved a great deal in the last feature updates, there’s without doubt about this, so the days when you had to hit Print screen and then to visit Paint to paste are long gone.
Microsoft knows how important it is because of its users to be supplied with a sophisticated screenshot capture application, and this is probably the main reason the latest updates brought so substantial changes in this regard.
And that i can’t help but admit which i like how Windows is beginning to change within this direction. While I’m certainly not a large fan of Snip & Sketch, the app that’s supposed to replace the old-school Snipping Tool, there are improvements that should be praised.
For instance, the screenshot tool comes with a native hotkey that allows you to take a screenshot in Windows 10. Just press Windows key + Shift + S and you should have the ability to see the screenshot taking UI that allows you to pick from basic options like rectangle clip, freeform clip, or fullscreen.
Just take your screenshot and you ought to then discover a thumbnail, plus a toast notification that the screenshot has been copied to the Windows Clipboard.
Clicking this notification opens the screenshot in Snip & Sketch, where you can edit it and apply a series of basic tweaks.
It’s pretty clear that Windows 10’s screenshot taking capabilities have evolved a lot, and along with its more advanced clipboard, it is possible to return and find out a few of the screenshots you’ve taken previously too.
But, the whole thing still misses a lot of features that I think are crucial for those who take screenshots regularly.
At this time, my two favorite apps for capture screenshots are MWSnap (a classic but free application) and WinSnap (which requires a license, but an effort is also readily available for testing purposes).
Both serve their purpose very well and support even the latest versions of Windows 10.
First of all, the feature which i miss the most is auto saving. When I take a screenshot of a window on the screen, for instance, what’s the purpose in asking me to open the look inside a separate app, simply to save it afterwards and thus waste a few more seconds? Windows can’t yet auto-save screenshots, so hopefully this feature will be added in the next update.
Then, both apps I mentioned above come with more complex hotkey support and customizable shortcuts, so you can have dedicated hotkeys for separate snipping modes. For example, you are able to set dedicated keyboard shortcuts to take a screenshot of a window, a user-defined area, or the full screen, and along with auto-saving, the whole process is a lot more seamless.
WinSnap also integrates a series of capabilities that we don’t necessarily need, and so i don’t expect Microsoft to add in Windows, but that are still good to have in case.
For instance, it may give a watermark and apply a series of effects on your screenshots, for example shadow. You can also perform more complex editing and apply markers, something which in Snip & Sketch isn’t possible just yet.
Microsoft did an excellent job with Night light, nowhere light filter that can help make everything on the screen easier around the eyes during night time. Before Night light, I had been an enormous fan of f.lux, and with all this experience, I’m confident the same thing will happen with the screenshot utility too.
For time being, however, the way Windows lets you take screenshots is way from what third-party apps can provide you with, so hopefully, it won’t take too long for Microsoft to help refine the OS in connection with this.