If you are a Windows user, you don’t need to download & install any third-party utility to capture screenshots. On Windows, you have Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, etc, to capture screenshots.
Recently, the Snipping Tool of Windows 11 received a massive upgrade. The new screenshot tool of Windows 11 now lets you capture screenshots and provides text actions.
With Text Actions, you can easily extract the texts from the screenshots. The snipping tool provides different modes of capturing screenshots, extracting texts, etc.
Text Actions in Snipping Tool
Another useful feature of the new Snipping tool is hiding text from screenshots. Since the app supports OCR technology, you can easily extract text from screenshots. Not only that, but you can even redact text from screenshots as well.
We have already shared a detailed guide on how to download & install the new Snipping tool on Windows 11; today, we will discuss how to redact sensitive information from the screenshot. Let’s get started.
To redact texts from Screenshots on Windows 11, you first need to download & install the latest version of Snipping Tool on your computer.
The new Snipping Tool is available on the latest version of Windows 11 or Windows 11 23H2. So, if you haven’t installed the Windows 11 2023 update, it’s time to download & install it to use the new Snipping tool.
We have already shared a detailed guide on how to download Snipping Tool for Windows 11 latest version. Make sure to go through that article to know the steps.
How to Hide Text from Screenshots on Windows 11
To use the text removal feature of the Snipping Tool, follow these simple steps. Here’s how you can redact text on Screenshots on Windows 11.
1. To start, open the Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 computer. To open the Snipping tool, press the Windows + Shift + S button on your keyboard.
2. This will open the Snipping Tool on your computer. Now select the capture mode and capture the screenshot.
3. Once done, click the Text Actions button at the top toolbar.
4. Now, the Snipping Tool will automatically extract the text. Select the text you want to hide.
5. Right-click on the text you want to hide and select the Redact Text option.
6. If you want to hide emails & phone numbers, you can just click on the Quick Redact button.
7. As you click on the Redact Text or Quick Redact option, your text will be hidden.
8. To remove the redactions & to bring back the texts, choose the Remove all redactions option on the Text actions menu.
That’s it! This is how you can hide text from screenshots using the Snipping tool for Windows 11.
How to Extract Texts from Screenshots?
Several OCR apps are available for Windows 11 that provide you with text extraction options. However, most of them require premium purchase. So, using the Snipping tool for text extractions from images is best. Here’s how you can extract texts from Screenshots with the Snipping tool.
1. Press the Windows + Shift + S key on your keyboard. This will open the Snipping Tool on your keyboard.
2. Now, capture the screenshot. Once captured, click on the Text Actions button at the top toolbar.
3. Now, the Snipping tool will automatically select the texts. You can manually select the text & copy it from the context menu.
That’s it! This is how you can extract text from screenshots on a Windows 11 computer.
So, this guide is all about how to hide text from screenshots on Snipping tool for Windows 11. It’s a great feature and can eliminate third-party image editing tools. So, what’s your take on the new Snipping Tool for Windows? Let us know in the comments below.