Exploring the Enhanced Features of Snipping Tool and Notepad in Windows 11: A Comprehensive Update Review

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Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev channels are receiving updates for the Snipping Tool and Notepad on Windows 11. The Snipping Tool now includes a combined capture bar and improved screen recording features. Notepad will automatically save session states, allowing users to pick up where they left off.

New Updates for Snipping Tool and Notepad for Windows Insiders

Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev channels on Windows 11 are in for a treat. The tech giant is rolling out updates for Snipping Tool and Notepad, promising enhanced user experience.

What’s New in Snipping Tool (version 11.2307.44.0)

The Snipping Tool update introduces the combined capture bar, making it easier to switch between capturing screenshots and screen recordings without opening the app. Users can now use the Print Screen or Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcuts to open the capture bar for snipping. For recording, use the new Win + Shift + R keyboard shortcut.

“With this update to Snipping Tool, we are introducing the combined capture bar, making it easier to switch between capturing screenshots and screen recordings without having to open the app.”

Improved Screen Recording Experience

Based on user feedback, the screen recording experience has been improved. It now supports optional recording of your PC audio and voice overs using a microphone. New app settings allow you to configure the default audio recording settings for new screen recordings. If you have multiple recording devices, you can select your preferred one before starting the recording.

Major Updates in Notepad (version 11.2307.22.0)

The Notepad update brings a new feature that automatically saves your session state. This allows you to close Notepad without any interrupting dialogs and pick up where you left off when you return. Notepad will automatically restore previously open tabs as well as unsaved content and edits across those open tabs. This feature can be turned off in app settings if you prefer a fresh start every time you open Notepad.

“With this update, Notepad will start automatically saving your session state allowing you to close Notepad without any interrupting dialogs and then pick up where you left off when you return.”

Feedback

As always, user feedback is highly appreciated. Feedback can be filed in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Apps > Snipping Tool and Apps > Notepad.

Note: The rollout of these updates is gradual, and they may not be available to all Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels immediately.

Final Thoughts

These updates are a testament to Windows’ commitment to improving user experience based on feedback. So, keep the feedback coming and enjoy the new features!

  • Snipping Tool now has a combined capture bar for easier switching between screenshot and screen recording.
  • New keyboard shortcuts introduced for Snipping Tool: Print Screen or Win + Shift + S for snipping, Win + Shift + R for recording.
  • Snipping Tool’s screen recording experience is enhanced with support for optional PC audio and voice-over recording.
  • Notepad will automatically save your session state, restoring previously open tabs and unsaved content upon return.
  • Users can choose to turn off the session state saving feature in Notepad if they prefer a fresh start each time.
  • From the Windows Blog