The first look at Windows 11's new Snipping Tool is here

Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Windows 11's Snipping Tool just got a snazzy first-look preview video.
  • Snip & Sketch is losing its title.
  • The new Snipping Tool will come to Insiders soon.

On a seemingly ordinary Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay dropped a major bomb by releasing the first look at Windows 11's new Snipping Tool. It contains not only the snipping utilities you've come to know and love on Windows but also rounded edges.

As you can see in the embedded tweet's video, it's a similar experience to what's already on Windows machines. You can snip a part of your screen, scribble notes or drawings on it, and do a few other things before saving it as an image and sharing it wherever. It's a simple, useful feature.

In case you're wondering about the existing Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch, Microsoft addressed them a long time ago in its list of features that are changing or being removed as a result of Windows 11's arrival. Specifically, Microsoft said, "Snipping Tool continues to be available but the old design and functionality in the Windows 10 version has been replaced with those of the app previously known as Snip & Sketch."

When asked about the new Snipping Tool and its utility, Microsoft General Manager of the new Microsoft Store and Windows Apps Giorgio Sardo kept things short. "Today we are sharing a sneak preview, and in a few weeks we will bring the new app to all Windows Insiders to try," he said. "More details soon."

So if you want more details, either be a Windows Insider or be comfortable with waiting for a few weeks until we cover the rest of the details right here on Windows Central.

Robert Carnevale

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