To keep Windows 11 users on their toes, Microsoft is rolling out some exciting updates for the Snipping Tool and the Windows Photos app. Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are currently getting an exclusive first look at these enhancements, promising to make your life easier when dealing with screenshots and photos.
The Snipping Tool Shines Brighter:
The trusty old Snipping Tool, your go-to for capturing screen snippets, is getting a well-deserved makeover. The headline feature? A new “copy text” function that’s set to revolutionize how you deal with text in screenshots. If you’ve ever wished you could effortlessly pluck text from images, this is your dream come true. It’s a lot like what you find on modern Android or iOS devices, but Microsoft takes it up a notch.
It can automatically detect and hide sensitive info like emails and phone numbers from your images. No more manual editing to protect your privacy! Plus, you have the power to choose which parts of the text get redacted before you share your precious screenshots.
Now, pair this feature with an update to the Phone Link app. It now sends you a handy notification whenever your Android device captures a photo. Just tap it, and you can whisk that photo right into the Snipping Tool. And if there’s text in it, you can copy it with a breeze. It’s a handy combo for folks who regularly need to transcribe information from images.
Revamping the Windows Photos App:
The changes aren’t limited to the Snipping Tool. Microsoft is giving the Windows Photos app a facelift, packed with new features to spruce up your photo management and editing game.
First up, say hello to “background blur.” This slick addition automatically detects the background in your photos and artfully blurs it out, leaving your subject looking like a professional DSLR shot. And the best part? You can customize the blur intensity and choose which areas to blur or keep sharp. Your photos just got an upgrade!
The updated Photos app also brings in a cool feature called “content search” for your OneDrive photos. Searching for specific pictures is a breeze now, whether you’re hunting for car pics or your latest vacation shots. And if you’re a fan of nostalgia, the “location search” feature makes it a snap to find photos taken in specific places.
Now, while these exciting updates are currently being tested by Windows Insiders, they’ll soon be ready to rock for the wider Windows 11 user base. Microsoft isn’t done yet, though. Brace yourself for more AI-powered treats! They’ve got an AI-focused event in the pipeline in New York City next week, where they’ll be unveiling more exciting features for Windows, Office, Surface, Bing, and beyond.