Back in 2021, Microsoft brought a new Snipping Tool to Windows 11, giving users a native screen recording option on the platform. However, since then the tool has been locked in the Windows Insider Program as a preview. On the Windows 11 Dev Channel, a new update is reaching the Snipping Tool that adds a pause button to the app.
Spotted by Windows enthusiast PhantomOfEarth, this is a small addition for sure, but it is also a handy feature that many users have been requesting. As the name suggests, the pause button allows users to pause screen recording whenever they want and resume recording again when they want.
Microsoft has also done some tweaking by removing the “Snip” and “Record” text and leaving just icons. However, some reports suggest this is a bug and not a permanent change, so I will keep an eye on that.
It is worth noting this is version 11.2212.24.0 of the Snipping Tool on Windows 11 Dev Channel, while the app is available to Insiders from the Microsoft Store. To receive the new feature, you will need to update the app through the store.
Seems like a new Snipping Tool app update was released recently to the Dev Channel (11.2212.24.0), few small improvements:
– Instead of showing the 'Snip' and 'Record' text for the options, only the icons are shown now
– Pause button has been added for screen recording pic.twitter.com/v2QLhtdo3g
— PhantomOcean3💙💛 (@PhantomOfEarth) January 23, 2023
The app takes the elements of Windows 10’s Snip & Sketch but brings back the old Snipping Tool name. It gets some features directly from Snip & Sketch. Snip & Sketch provides more power and functionality than its predecessors, including a keyboard shortcut (Win+Shift+S) for easy access. Additional features include creating screenshots in random shapes and an in-built image editor.
Microsoft has not given an official date for the Snipping Tool to leave preview. However, it is expected to become widely available with the Windows 11 Moment 2 update next month.
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