Windows 10’s New Redstone 5 Build Brings a New Screenshotting Tool

Now that Microsoft has shipped the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, it’s starting to test the next major Windows 10 update with a wider group of Windows Insiders. The upcoming update, codenamed Redstone 5, has been available to a small group of Insiders part of Skip Ahead before, but it’s now rolling out to all Insiders in the Fast Ring. For those who don’t want to test Redstone 5, you will need to opt out of the Insider program or move to the Release Preview ring as soon as possible.

As for the latest Redstone 5 build, 17661, there are a couple of major new features. First, Microsoft is officially launching the new Screen Sketch experience we exclusively revealed earlier last month. The new screenshotting experience in Windows 10 introduces a modern experience for screenshotting in Windows 10 that lets users easily take screenshots of their screen and copy them into their clipboard — all accessible with the Win+Shift+S shortcut. Microsoft is also making it possible to access the new snipping experience with a Surface Pen’s tail button, and the PrntScr button — all configurable from the Settings app. Windows 10 needed a solid built-in screenshotting experience like Screen Sketch for a long while, and Microsoft’s latest stab at fixing the problem will hopefully work as well as macOS’ built-in screenshotting tools.

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Other changes in the latest build include the addition of Fluent Design’s Acrylic element to Windows Timeline, and the rebranding of Windows Defender Security Center — now called Windows Security. The build includes some other minor features, and you can find the full changelog here.

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  • skane2600

    03 May, 2018 - 2:02 pm

    <p>I think the term "modern" as it applies to UI design isn't really defined. I guess it's supposed to be a synonym for "good" or "cool". I guess one could argue that the latest version of anything is modern as in "most recent".</p>

  • vann

    03 May, 2018 - 2:06 pm

    <p>Snipping tool fan here. Making the new app layout 10 times in size doesn't make the program 10 times as good.</p>

    • cbpenn18

      03 May, 2018 - 3:37 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#269558"><em>In reply to vann:</em></a></blockquote><p>This is likely for the purpose of being touch-friendly, in addition to making it consistent with the rest of the OS.</p>

      • vann

        04 May, 2018 - 11:22 am

        <blockquote><a href="#271094"><em>In reply to cbpenn18:</em></a></blockquote><p>I agree with you until you mentioned Windows' consistency :)</p>

        • hrlngrv

          Premium Member
          05 May, 2018 - 12:07 am

          <p><a href="#271675"><em>In reply to vann:</em></a></p><p>Perhaps consistently inconsistent.</p>

  • rameshthanikodi

    03 May, 2018 - 3:39 pm

    <p>I would love to have screenshot features like what we have on mobile platforms, like the ability to annotate right away and the ability to do "long screenshots", where the screen would scroll the content for you and stitch the images to make a elongated screenshot.</p>

    • curtisspendlove

      05 May, 2018 - 12:14 am

      <blockquote><a href="#271096"><em>In reply to FalseAgent:</em></a></blockquote><p>Agreed. I’m enamored with the new iOS functionality. </p><p><br></p><p>That saud, this is great. I do a *lot* of this and these features are very welcome. </p>

    • xyzzer

      08 May, 2018 - 6:20 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#271096"><em>In reply to FalseAgent:</em></a></blockquote><p>I'd vote for it using Feedback Hub. It's got a higher chance of being taken into account now that the team is building up this new app than when mentioned in a forum. ;)</p>

  • Susan Bradley

    Premium Member
    03 May, 2018 - 4:04 pm

    <p>Don't mess with my snipping tool – especially now that it supports printing in Windows 10.</p>

  • Stokkolm

    03 May, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    <p>Windows 10 already had a solid built-in screenshotting experience in the snipping tool. This looks like a UWP version of that really.</p>

  • Dan1986ist

    Premium Member
    03 May, 2018 - 4:25 pm

    <p>Basically, Screen Sketch is being moved from Windows Ink Workspace and given the ability to use additional keyboard shortcuts. Then there is the ability to update it through the Microsoft Store as it's own app. By the way, Snipping Tool is still there as of 17661, if you prefer using that over Screen Sketch or whatever.</p>

  • katemiller

    04 May, 2018 - 7:41 am

    <p>I don’t know this update. I don’t know what red stone in windows 10 is because I use windows 8 for long time. This thing is not in windows 8; I am trying to use windows 10 and will check red stone.<a href="; target="_blank">UK Dissertation Writers</a></p><p><br></p>

  • xperiencewindows

    04 May, 2018 - 9:13 am

    <p>I use ShareX. Only screen capture tool you'll ever need.</p>

    • xperiencewindows

      04 May, 2018 - 1:57 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#271629"><em>In reply to xperiencewindows:</em></a></blockquote><blockquote><em>For fuck sake why was this downvoted Paul?</em></blockquote>

      • hrlngrv

        Premium Member
        05 May, 2018 - 12:06 am

        <p><a href="#271753"><em>In reply to xperiencewindows:</em></a></p><p>Lighten up. Lots of posts get downvoted. In this case, perhaps by a rabid Snagit fan.</p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    05 May, 2018 - 12:04 am

    <p>Re English grammar, should it be <em>screen</em><strong><em>shooting</em></strong>? I'm just not a fan of turning any noun into a gerund.</p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    05 May, 2018 - 12:09 am

    <p>One more thing to add to my Remove-AppXPackage Powershell script since it's yet another piece of cruft without an uninstall pop-up menu item.</p>

  • guillejp

    05 May, 2018 - 1:21 am

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">screenshotting experience in Windows 10 introduces a modern experience for screenshotting in Windows 10 (…) screenshots of their screen"</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">lol, must have been falling asleep or some such.</span></p>

  • Khayman101

    05 May, 2018 - 1:49 am

    <p>So it replaces the excellent snipping tool and judging by the other article (linked on the word exclusive – geeze, read up on accessibility and design standards please) it doesn't have half the features of the snipping tool. Standard Microsoft</p>

  • JaviAl

    Premium Member
    07 May, 2018 - 7:48 am

    <p>Its a UWP app (mobile, limited, slowly, ugly). No sense on a desktop OS.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      15 May, 2018 - 5:39 pm

      <p>You're totally wrong</p>

  • xyzzer

    08 May, 2018 - 6:23 pm

    <p>Whether you're happy with the new app or not – please post feedback about the app using the Feedback Hub app. This really is taken into account when driving future work on the project – especially at times like now when the app is under very active development.</p>

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