Snipaste is a sleek snipping tool for Windows 10

From grabbing a shot of your entire screen to snipping the tiniest detail of an image, a snipping tool is always handy. Windows 10 has a built-in snipping tool, but Snipaste puts it to shame.

You can use Snipaste to grab a selection, annotate it directly within the app, and paste it anywhere you'd like.

The app is available for free on Windows 10.

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Snip in a jiffy

The most impressive aspect of Snipaste is its speed. With keyboard shortcuts you can instantly open up a selection session or paste a photo. Snipaste can automatically detect elements on the screen to make it easy to grab a window, icon, or shape on the screen, or you can freehand a selection. You can also save a selection directly to your clipboard.

The automatic detection worked well in my testing. Additionally, when making a selection Snipaste shows you a blown up circle of what you're selected that allows you to snip shapes with precision.

After making a selection, you can annotate them with various tools such as pens. This saves you the step of having to open up an editing app and cuts down time from selecting to sharing.

The pasting aspect of Snipaste is also simple. Similar to snipping, you can just press a keyboard shortcut to insist a selection into a document or image.

Snipaste doesn't launch in a window when you click it. It just starts running in the background. To change hot keys or any other preferences you have to right-click Snipaste from your system tray. I've seen complaints that it doesn't load but in my testing, it worked well every time I tried it.

Sticking to stills

When it comes to grabbing still images, there are no flaws to be found with Snipaste. My biggest issue with it is that it can only capture still images. If you want to capture video or gifs, you'll need a different app. Snipaste's main competitors — ShareX and Snagit (opens in new tab) — can capture videos and gifs, rendering Snipaste's functionality redundant if you require such.

Overall thoughts

Snipaste is an excellent app. It's fast, easy to use, and just works. The keyboard shortcuts streamline your workflow and Snipaste makes it a snap to grab an entire screenshot or a specific selection with accuracy down to the pixel level. I'd love to see support for recording gifs and videos, but if all you need is to grab still images then you won't find a better app than Snipaste.


  • Fast
  • Simple
  • Precise


  • Only records still images

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  • I wonder if it is a simple trojan. I never understood, how something this simple requires access to all system resources. The best way to phishing is to write a snipping app that sends all kinds of content from your clipboard over the network to some destination. And when installing an app from the Microsoft Store saying "This application has access to the following: All system resources." I am just giving permission to do so.
  • I'm not normally too paranoid but I do agree here. Any free app that needs access to do many permissions always make me think twice before installing
  • Why would an app select F1 as its default snipping hockey? F1 is the default Help hotkey in most Windows apps.
  • What's wrong with the built in Windows Snipping Tool?
  • Ask that the guys at Microsoft who had been rewriting that tool for the latest flies. :)
  • Ask that the guys at Microsoft who had been rewriting that tool for the latest flies. :)
  • Nothing at all. But it's not UWP though... That's a nono in these parts.
  • Would not use it. To MANY potential problems.