NOTE: These new features are currently available only in Windows 11 Insider builds but will be rolled out to all users soon.
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) allows users to copy text from within images and paste it anywhere. Here’s how:
Extract Text From Images
For a new screenshot, press the key combination Win + Shift + S and then take your screenshot.
To import an existing screenshot/image, launch Snipping Tool via the tool Start > All Apps, click the three little horizontal dots at the top right, and select Open file (or press Ctrl + O). Then navigate to and select the image:
With the screenshot/image open in the Snipping Tool, click the Text Action button. Highlight the text you want to extract, right-click the highlighted text, and select Copy (or press Ctrl + C).
From there you can now paste the selected text anywhere you want.
Snipping Tool’s redaction feature is designed to protect sensitive information that might be included within a screenshot. Right now, redaction options cover email addresses and phone numbers only. Expand the dropdown menu associated with Quick redact and choose whichever option is applicable:
With its ongoing development, Snipping Tool in Windows 11 is becoming more and more useful. However, in my opinion, it won’t compete with free 3rd-party alternatives until it includes its own comprehensive editor.