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The new Windows 10 October 2018 Update screenshot tool, in depth

22 mayo, 2021

Microsoft has launched this week the new version of Windows 10. Among the novelties of the October 2018 Update is a new screenshot tool called “Cut and Sketch”. This is a mixture of the option to capture the screen and the “Snipping” program, which was already pre-installed in Windows 10.

This new tool can be invoked either by searching for its name in the Cortana menu or by using the Windows keyboard shortcut + Shift + S. At the moment it lives with “Clippings”, although Microsoft has inserted a notice within the application that says that “Clippings is going to move to a new location”, at the same time that it invites you to try “the improved characteristics of Clipping and annotation”. We are going to know this new function in depth.

A vitaminized version of Cutouts to take screenshots


When you invoke “Cut and Sketch”, the first thing that appears is four buttons on the top. The first is used to capture a frame on the screen, the second to make a freeform and the third to capture the entire screen. The one with the “x” symbol is used to close the application (although you can also use the “esc” key). To capture the screen, left click and hold while swiping.

Square cutout This is the screen that appears when you select the option to take a rectangular screenshot.
Free screenshot With this option you can take a screenshot in the way you prefer.

Once you’re done, lift your finger. The screenshot will be saved to the clipboard and A notification will appear that, if you press it, it will take you to “Cut and sketch”. This consists of a series of very simple functions that are used to make annotations in the capture that you have just taken. Starting from the left, the first one is used to make annotations using tactile writing, in case you use a graphics tablet or a Surface.

The second is the classic marker, which is used to paint over the image. Just to your right is the pencil, which is used for the same thing only it has a different texture. Next is the underline. Of these three tools both the color and the thickness of the stroke can be changed. To do this, right click or double left click on the icon and select the one you want.

Different Windows 10 pencils The upper lines show the stroke made with the marker, the central lines with the pencil and the lower lines with the highlighter, each of them in different colors and sizes.

The fifth option, of course, is the eraser. You can use it by sliding over the image, clicking on the stroke you want to erase or you can right-click on the icon and select “Erase all pencil entries” to remove everything you have drawn.

Although this tool is focused on screenshots, any image on the hard drive can also be opened for editing by pressing the folder icon

The penultimate serves to add a millimeter ruler or protractor, in case you want to make sketches with a higher level of precision or want to measure some element of the image. In the case of the ruler, if you scroll with the mouse wheel, you will tilt it to the right or left, depending on the direction in which you move the wheel. In the case of the protractor, this same gesture will serve to make it bigger or smaller.

Different rules in Trim and sketch

The last one, which can be found to the far right, serves to crop the image. You will simply have to drag from one of the corners until you get the right position. Unfortunately, there is no command to crop while keeping the aspect ratio, as can be done in Photoshop by holding down the Shift key.

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Once you have finished editing the image, you can do several things. In the upper left area you have the option to save image as PNG, the copy (so you can paste it directly into another program or web page) and the share, which by default includes OneNote and the mail app, although it is compatible with some apps from the Microsoft Store.