Microsoft is working on a Screen Recorder for Windows 11's Snipping Tool

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 8, 2022
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Users of Windows' screen capturing tool Snipping Tool may soon be able to record video using the built-in application. Right now, users may use the Snipping Tool to create screenshots on their devices.

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The Snipping Tool is a basic screenshot taking tool for Windows, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It supports several screen capturing modes, including freeform, window and fullscreen, and can be launched with keyboard shortcuts. While it pales against advanced screen capturing tools such as PicPick, Screenshot Captor, or ShareX, it works for many Windows users.

Soon, Windows users may use the Snipping Tool on Windows 11 to record a video of the screen. Microsoft is testing the functionality currently in Insider Builds. News that Microsoft is working on screen capturing functionality for its Snipping Tool leaked during the Surface Event of 2022. Microsoft shared the information in a video reel, but did not confirm it explicitly at the time.

Now, select Windows Insider users may test the screen recorder feature on Windows 11 Insider machines. Microsoft added a new Quest that asks testers to test the new functionality of the screen recorder and, if possible, provide feedback on the functionality.

The prerequisites for the test are Windows 11 and Snipping Tool version 11.2211.11.0 or later. The latest release version of the Snipping Tool has a slightly lower version than that.

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Windows 11 users who have been selected for the test see the new functionality immediately when they launch the Snipping Tool. This is done via Start > All Apps > Snipping Tool, or by opening Start, typing Snipping Tool and selecting the result.

A new Record button is displayed that toggles the screen recording functionality. A click on the New button starts the recording process. Users may select the part of the screen they want to record by drawing a rectangle on the screen.  The Start button starts the recording after a countdown ends. A click on the stop button stops it. A preview is displayed and users who are satisfied with the recording may save it to the local system.

Some specifics are not known yet. The resolution of the recording does not appear to be limited, as you may draw a rectangle on the screen, but the supported format or formats are not known. If the screenshot taking part is anything to go by, it will likely be as limited in that regard.

Now You: which screenshot and screen capturing tools do you use? (via Reddit)


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  1. Tachy said on December 9, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I still use the old snipping tool that doesn’t have any ‘online’ features. File Version 10.1.16299.15

    M$ has replaced it with the new one a few times, I just do the permissions dance and put the old one back.

    I use MSI Afterburner for recording video of anything I see on my screen and for ingame captures.

  2. Anonymous said on December 8, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Microsoft is around 13 years behind. Everyone already uses alternatives that are significantly better.

  3. Paul(us) said on December 8, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    PicPick! Which has a video recording option which makes recordings for 2 minutes. Even on the the hopelessly outdated (At least if I understand correctly what Microsoft would have us believe). Windows 10.

    How long is the recording time with the new Snipping tool recordings possibility for Windows 11’s?

  4. CAT said on December 8, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    You will need a Microsoft account to use it, and if you want to edit your recordings it will cost money. Probably all recordings longer than 5 seconds will also cost you. The best part is that now Microsoft can remotely record your screen without you knowing about it. That’s called a RAT. It’s OK when Microsoft does it, don’t worry.

  5. ECJ said on December 8, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Hopefully it won’t have the same restrictions that the built-in Xbox Game Bar recorder does. The Xbox Game Bar recorder only captures a single application, not the whole screen (such as the desktop). And it also doesn’t capture dropdown menu items in applications – only the main part of the application. On a work device where it’s not possible to install third-party software, the limitations are a PITA.

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