How to save Snip & Sketch screenshots on Windows 10

Windows 10 has two different screenshot capture tools; Snip & Sketch and the Win + PrntScrn tool. The Snip & Sketch tool provides different ways to take screenshots, a window, or a section of the screen, and it has an editor that you can use to record the screenshot you created. The Win + PrntScrn tool simply takes a full screen screenshot and saves it in a file, without any questions.

Save Snip & Sketch screenshots to file

Although Snip & Sketch is the more powerful screenshot tool on Windows 10, it does not automatically save a screenshot to a file. Instead, any screenshots you take with this tool are simply copied to the clipboard. You can paste the screenshot into an app, for example Word, or paste it into an image editor.

To save Snip & Sketch screenshots automatically, you need to communicate with them.

  1. Tap on the Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut to open the Snip & Sketch tool.
  2. Select the type of screenshot you want to take, and take it.
  3. Once the sscreenshot captured, you will see a notification on the desktop.
  4. Click on the desktop notification and Snip & Sketch will open.
  5. Close the Snip & Sketch window.You do not need to edit or click anything in the window.
  6. Open File Explorer.
  7. Navigate to the next location and the screenshot you took will be saved here as a file.

Note: if you miss the desktop notification, ie it disappears before you can click on it, open the Action Center (Win + A) and the notification will be stacked there. Click on it.

Cut and sketch auto save

Snip & Sketch does not have an automatic save feature. The only way to save a screenshot in a file is to click on the notification when it appears. When the image editing window opens, you can choose to simply close it. You do not have to click the save button. There is no way to change this behavior, so the app will also automatically start saving the screenshots.

You can change how Snip & Sketch is opened, ie you can open it by tapping the PrntScrn key.


Windows 10 has two different screenshot tools available. The two instruments are by no means linked and each instrument has its own shortcomings. The Win + PrntScrn screenshot tool can only take one type or screenshot, namely full screen, and you can not change the format in which the image is saved. The Snip & Sketch tool can take different types of screenshots, but it cannot be saved automatically. More importantly, it does not offer an easy or more obvious way to save a screenshot. Microsoft needs to learn from macOS, which has had an excellent screenshot tool for years.

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