Snipping Tool shortcut not working [GUARANTEED FIX]

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3 ways to use Snipping tool Shortcut not working

Snipping Tool in Windows OS is a handy little utility that you can access by pressing the Windows + Shift + S shortcut key on your keyboard. It allows the users to take snapshots of their screen and save or print it directly from the interface. However, some users have reported a snipping tool shortcut not working issue in Microsoft Community Forums.

After upgrading to Windows 10 the screenshot shortcut (Windows key + Prt Scr) stopped working.
I’ve tried to look for a setting but I haven’t found anything related.

Fix the problem with the Snipping Tool shortcut by following the steps below.

How do I create a shortcut for the Snipping Tool?

1. Check Shortcut Key Properties

  1. From the desktop, right-click on the Snipping Tool icon and select Properties.
  2. If you don’t have the shortcut in the desktop, type snipping tool in the search bar. Right-click on Snipping Tool Icon and select Open File Location.
  3. Right-click on Snipping Tool icon and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, click on the Shortcut tab.
  5. In the Shortcut Key: field, if it shows as None that means you don’t have any shortcut keys set to access the tool.
  6. Click on None and press any key on your Keyboard. Note that you cannot use Windows Key + S combination as it is reserved for something else already.
  7. Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.
  8. Close the properties window and press the Shortcut key that you assigned to launch the Snipping tool and you should be able to access the tool without any issues.

Most users don’t know how to create and save screenshots on Windows 10. Learn how here!

2. Use the New Snip and Sketch Tool

  1. Microsoft is trying to replace the Snipping Tool with the new Snip and Sketch app. As a result, Microsoft has now dedicated the Shift + Windows Key + S shortcut to the new Snipping Tool.
  2. Press the Shift + Windows Key + S shortcut key and you should be able to access the new Snip and Sketch tool.
  3.  Alternatively, if you don’t want to use the long Shift + Windows Key + S  combination to open the Snip and Sketch tool, you can use the PrtSc (Print Screen) key to do the same. Here is how to do it.
  4. Click on Start and select Settings.
  5. Click on Ease of Access.
  6. Under the “Interaction” section, click on Keyboard.
  7. Scroll down to Print Screen Shortcut and enable “Use the PrtScn button to open screen sniping” option.
    Enable PrtSc key snipping tool Shortcut
  8. That’s it. If you press the PrtSc key on your keyboard, it will open the Snipping Tool.