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Microsoft improves screenshot tool

by on04 May 2018

Being tested

Software king of the world Microsoft has finally realised that people want a better way of working with screenshots.

Vole's screenshot software is being replaced by apps like ShareX and Lightshot because its snipping tool is getting rather old in the tooth.

According to the Verge, Microsoft is testing a new update to Windows 10 this week, which will include a new screenshot experience for the upcoming major update.

Screen Sketch, previously bundled with the Windows Ink feature of Windows 10, is now being made into a separate app that can take screenshots and provide options to annotate them. Microsoft has experimented with a variety of screen snipping tools over the years, but a new Winkey + shift + S keyboard shortcut will now bring up an area select tool to snip a screenshot and share it instantly from the clipboard. The app will also trigger a notification so you can annotate the screenshot and share it. You can also replace the print screen button on a keyboard with this feature, making the button a lot more useful than today’s Winkey + printscreen combo.

Vole is also tweaking its Fluent Design in this new build (17661) giving the Task View area of the Windows 10 Timeline feature a soft blur effect to match other effects added in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

Focus Assist, a feature that suppresses notifications, will automatically enable when you’re playing any fullscreen game, which will be annoying if you are playing a game while waiting for your wife to message you to ask you to pick her up.

Microsoft is also adding more of its legacy Control Panel sound features to the main settings app in Windows 10, and improving its High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) support in File Explorer.

There should be more news on the major Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 5, at the company’s Build developer conference next week.

Last modified on 04 May 2018
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