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How to take time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch On Windows 10

If you’ve managed to get the Windows 10 October 2018 i.e., 1809 update, you no longer have the Snipping tool at your disposal. It’s been replaced by the Snip and Sketch tool that you can use from the Action Center or via the PrintScreen key on your keyboard. When you launch Snip and Sketch via either of these methods, the app opens in snipping mode but it is in fact a stand alone app that can, like the Snipping tool, take time delayed screenshots. Here’s how.

Time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch

If you want to take time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch, you need to open the app from the Apps List on the Start Menu. If  Windows Search works on your system, you can also search for this app and open it.

Click the dropdown arrow next to the New button, and from the menu that opens, select the delayed screenshot interval. You can only pick either 3 or 10 seconds.

During the delay period, you want to set your screen up for the screenshot that you want to take. Once the time delay elapses, you will get the little bar you see in the screenshot below. This is where you can choose either a full screen screen, free hand, or rectangle screenshot.

Obviously you’re wondering what will happen to whatever it is you’ve set up on your screen for the screenshot if you have to interact with a different app. Normally, this means you’re trying to screenshot an item that will likely disappear so rest assured that before the tool presents the screenshot options, it will freeze everything on its screen, as is, and you can take your screenshot.

That’s about it. The tool will open the screenshot in the Snip and Sketch tool. You can annotate it, or draw on it, and then save the file to PNG format. It doesn’t seem to support JPEG which is odd but you can convert it with an app like IrfanView or even Paint.

We should remind you that even though you have the Snip and Sketch tool, you can still use the PrintScreen button and the Win+PrintScreen keyboard shortcut to take screenshots. Much like how the Snipping tool didn’t take over screenshots completely, the Snip and Sketch tool doesn’t force you to use it. You can also install third-party screenshot tools and they will be able to use the PrintScreen key to take screenshots.

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