The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is scheduled for a wider rollout starting next week, but that’s for folks who like running stable software. If you’re a member of the Windows Insider Preview program, there’s a new build of version of the next version of Windows available for testing.

And if you’re not a Windows Insider, you can check out Microsoft’s blog post to see what’s new in preview build 17661.

Among other things, the new builds brings an updated Windows Snipping tool (for capturing and annotating screenshots), and some tweaks to settings, security, and design.

Some of the biggest changes in this build have to do with screenshots: Screen Sketch is now a dedicated app, hitting Win+Shift+S now brings up a snipping toolbar that lets you save a portion of the screen to your clipboard, and when you’re done there’s a notification that will let you annotate the screenshot using Screen Sketch.

You can also opt to use the native screen snipping experience when you hit the Print Screen button on your keyboard (instead of just copying the full screen to your clipboard), or use the “tail” button of a digital pen to launch the screen snip feature.

Other changes in build 17661 include:

  • A controlled study of “sets” continues, allowing users to test a new experience for using tabs in File Explorer and/or grouping multiple apps in one window with a tabbed view
  • Windows Defender Security has been renamed Windows Security
  • Focus Assist turns on automatically when you’re playing any full screen game
  • Sound settings are being moved to the Windows Settings app
  • Improved support for High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) including support for editing metadata and rotating images in File Explorer
  • IME (input method) improvements including a new toolbar, dark theme support, and an updated context menu

You can read more in Microsoft’s blog post.

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6 replies on “Latest Windows 10 preview brings screenshot/snipping improvements”

  1. I periodically use tablet mode on my Surfaces, which can be very very frustrating. Why doesn’t MS fix Win 10 to work in tablet mode???

    My biggest complaint is that Win 10 pastes its online keyboard on top of the content, rather than below it. This means that when I want to type something on the lower part of the screen, the keyboard obscures it. When I use various Android devices, the content slides up whenever the keyboard is onscreen.

    Why can a $50 Android tablet do something that a $1,000 Surface can’t???

    1. I’m happy Windows 10 lets me turn Table Mode off, so I never have to see it again!

  2. I’m not in any special programs and I got 1803 on Monday. So far so good, nothing in the way of problems to resolve aside from the same ones I had after 1709 and 1703 before that. Mostly old software that it tries to sideline so I have to re-create shortcuts and such.

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