Snipping Tool does not copy to clipboard [Guaranteed Fix]

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  • When you notice Snip and Sketch not copying to the clipboard, you've got a few ways of repairing the process.
  • In case the snipping tool is not saving Office screenshots, the issue might be with the Office app.
  • Also, Snip and Sketch is not saving to clipboard when the option is actually disabled. 
  • Check out the simple solutions below that will surely help if the snipping tool won't save.
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The Windows Snipping tool, now replaced by the Snip and Sketch tool is a handy tool and allows the users to take quick and delayed screenshots of their screen.

However, at times the tool may not work properly. Seemingly, Snipping Tool does not copy to clipboard. This was reported by the users in the Microsoft Community Answers.

I can copy or cut the snipping tool file but not able to paste it in a forum (not this one) for an answer to the issue I have that is on the snipping tool file. Why am I not able to paste, when I was asked to take a screen shot or use snipping tool?

Follow these steps to fix issues with the Snipping Tool.

How do I save Snipping Tool screenshots in the clipboard?

1. Check the Auto copy to clipboard option

  1. Open the Snip and Sketch tool from the Desktop or Action Center.
  2. Click the Menu button (three dots).
  3. Select Settings from the options.
  4. In Settings, under Auto copy to clipboard, make sure the Update the clipboard automatically when annotating option is enabled.
  5. If not, turn on the option and close the Settings window.

On Snipping Tool:

  1. Launch the Snipping app and click on Tools.
  2. Click on Options.
  3. Check the Always copy snips to the clipboard option.
    Enable Copy to Clipboard option in Snipping Tool
  4. Now try to snip anything on your screen and check if it copies the image to the clipboard.
  5. If you don’t see the Settings option in your Snipping App, you may have to update your Windows OS to the latest build.

We hope that you found this article helpful. Your comments are welcome in the dedicated section below.

2. Repair Microsoft Office

  1. Type Control Panel in the home screen search box and open the app.
  2. In the Control Panel, go to Programs > Programs and Features.

  3. Select Microsoft Office and click on Change. Click Yes if asked to confirm.
  4. Here, you will see the following option:
    Quick Repair – Select this option first. It will quickly try to repair all the files related to your Office application without requiring internet access.
    Online Repair – Tyr this option if Quick Repair did not work. However, this option requires an Internet connection to find and resolve the issues.
  5. Reboot the system once the repair is complete and check for any improvements.

The solution is valid if the issue occurs when you try to copy/paste the screenshot on any of the Microsoft Office apps like Outlook or MS PowerPoint.


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