Microsoft working on new Windows 10 screen clipping experience

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Microsoft is working on bringing a new screen clipping experience to Windows 10. We've seen previous hints from Microsoft leaker WalkingCat that a new experience was being worked on as part of the Redstone 5 update, but's Rafael Rivera has now shown off a preview of the experience in the latest Skip Ahead Insider build, 17639.

As it currently stands, the revamped tool is accessed from the Action Center as a quick action labeled "Screen Clip." When clicked, an overlay pops up on the screen with a selection of buttons that allow you to choose how you want to take your screen clip. There are options for either rectangular or free-form clips, along with a fullscreen clip button, and the option to close out of the overlay altogether.

Redstone 5 Screen Clip


According to Rivera, indications are that this new experience may replace the current Snipping Tool, along with the Win + Shift + S shortcut. There are also apparently hints that it will work with Cortana Insights at some point in the future, potentially allowing for detection of certain elements within a clip.

There's no indication of when the feature may be available for testing, but it will presumably be enabled for Insiders testing the Redstone 5 update at some point in the future. Since it's a work in progress, it's possible Microsoft still has more features to add as well.

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