If you have been using Windows 10 or 11 for a while, you might know that the operating system allows you to capture screenshots using the Print Scr button. Apart from the default Print Scr, Windows also offers a Snipping Tool utility. You can capture screenshots but can’t annotate them with the Snipping Tool.

Currently, hundreds of screenshot utilities are available online to help you capture screenshots quickly. However, most of them miss out on the image annotation feature. You can capture screenshots via those tools but can’t draw on them.

With Annotation tools, you can draw or use the highlighter to mark essential areas of your screenshot. These tools can prove helpful in marking a specific object in a picture, filling out PDF forms, and signing documents.

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8 Best Annotation Tools for Windows 10/11

So, in this article, we will list down some of the Windows 10 Annotation tools. Most of the tools were free, and thousands of users used them. So, let’s check.

1. Foxit Reader

Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit Reader is a PDF editor on the list, offering a few annotation features. Compared to other PDF editors, Foxit Reader is pretty easy to use and lightweight. With Foxit Reader, you can directly add the markup, drawings, highlight texts, etc., to the PDF document.

Other than that, Foxit Reader can also be used to add images, videos, and file attachments to PDF documents, fill sign and PDF forms, and more.

2. Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch is both a screenshot and annotation tool for Windows 10. The good thing about Snip & Sketch is that it doesn’t require any installation, as it’s built into the operating system. To use the Snip & Sketch feature of Windows 10, you need to press Windows Key + Shift + S.

This will bring up the snipping toolbar. From the toolbar, you can capture a full-screen screenshot. After capturing the screenshot, it allows you to add text, arrows, or even draw on top of the screenshot.

3. Pick Pick

Pick Pick

Pick Pick is an all-in-one designing tool that can capture screenshots, edit the captured screenshots, etc. The good thing about Pick Pick is that it offers you a wide range of image editing options, such as annotating and highlighting your images – text, arrows, shapes, and more.

Apart from that, Pick Pick even allows you to enhance your images by applying effects. It’s a full-fledged screen capture and image editing tool for Windows 10.

4. Gink


Gink is a free-to-use, open-source utility to capture screenshots and annotate them. Guess what? Gink is possibly the most lightweight screenshot utility on the list that needs less than 5MB of space to install on your device.

Once installed, it runs in the background. Whenever you need to capture a screenshot, press the G Button and select the area you want to capture. Once captured, you can use the image editor of Gink to add texts, arrows, and shapes to the screenshots.

5. PDF Annotator

PDF Annotator

By the name, the tool sounds like a simple PDF annotation tool, but it’s much more than that. It’s a full-fledged PDF editing tool for Windows 10 that lets you edit PDFs and add comments, signatures, and designs.

Apart from PDF annotation, PDF Annotator has the feature ‘Document Version’. The feature retains the versions of the edits you make. That means that you can revert to a specific version at any time. However, PDF Annotator is a premium tool, costing around $70.

6. LiquidText


LiquidText is a Windows tool to review, gather, and organize information across different types of documents. You can take this as an annotation tool because it lets you draw freely or highlight your notes or documents.

As a part of the annotation feature, LiquidText also lets you add margins and comments to a document, note, or PDF file. The tool is lightweight and available for free on the Microsoft Store.

7. SketchCapture


SketchCapture isn’t as popular as other apps on the list, but it’s still a great app to draw and write on screen captures.

The tool is extremely lightweight & easy to use; you need to take captures of your screen and directly draw or write on it.

You can add arrows or other shapes to your images. Overall, SketchCapture is a great annotation tool for Windows you shouldn’t miss.

8. PDF Notes

PDF Notes

If you want a Windows tool for drawing, editing plain text, and taking notes, look no other than PDF Notes. PDF Notes has a pretty powerful document markup tool that lets you work with the text of your documents to mark important parts.

You can highlight or underline certain parts of your images, leave notes in your text, add comments to the whole page, etc.

So, these are the best annotation tools for Windows 10/11 computers. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you know any other such annotation tools for Windows, let us know in the comment box below.


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