Microsoft has introduced an array of new shape options to the Snipping Tool in Windows 11 version 11.2312.33.0. A new category labeled ‘Shapes' now appears in the application's toolbar, offering users enhanced screenshot-editing capabilities. The update, identified by Windows insider @phantomofearth, enables users to incorporate various shapes such as arrows, circles, and lines into their screenshots, marking a significant improvement in the app's functionality. Unlike Windows 10, the Windows 11 rendition of the Snipping Tool boasts numerous advanced features including these recently added shapes.
A Versatile Tool for Screenshots
With the addition of shape options, the Snipping Tool is positioned to become a comprehensive solution for screenshot capture and editing, potentially reducing the necessity for third-party applications. Users have the option to add color fills to their selected shapes, providing greater creative control over their screenshots. The update arrives alongside other notable enhancements like HDR display support, indicating Microsoft's commitment to increasing the utility of Snipping Tool.
Coming soon to Snipping Tool: you will be able to add shapes such as circles and arrows to images you are editing! pic.twitter.com/JaEGsSERhQ
— PhantomOcean3 ☃️ (@PhantomOfEarth) January 17, 2024
Imagining a Future AI Integration?
Speculation about the future of Snipping Tool includes potential AI integration, as seen with other Microsoft products like Paint and Notepad, which have been equipped with features like Cocreator and Cowriter, respectively. While there is no official confirmation, the possibility of a ‘Coeditor' function for Snipping Tool suggests an AI-assisted future for the app. As Microsoft continues to update and improve its offerings, users can anticipate more versatile functionalities that could further simplify digital workflows.
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. The Snipping Tool 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.