Fix: Windows Snipping Tool Shortcut not Working

In this tutorial, learn how to fix Snipping tool shortcut not working in Windows 11/10.

If the Snip & Sketch application’s installation is corrupt, the Snip & Sketch application’s shortcut (Windows + Shift + S) may not work. Furthermore, the error under discussion could be caused by a misconfiguration of the system notifications.

The problem occurs when a user tries to take a screenshot with the Snip & Sketch application’s shortcut, but the shortcut does not launch Snip & Sketch with the screenshot, despite the fact that some users were able to paste the screenshot (which was copied to the clipboard) into an image editing application like MS Paint. The problem is most commonly reported following a Windows update.

Make sure your keyboard is not in gaming mode before continuing with the options to fix the snipping tool (due to which Windows key will not operate).

Solution 1: Restart the File Explorer

If your system’s File Explorer is stuck in an incorrect condition, the shortcut may not work as intended. In this case, restarting File Explorer through Task Manager can be the solution.

1. First, open Task Manager by right-clicking any empty area on your taskbar and then clicking Task Manager.

2. Go to the Process tab, locate Windows Explorer. Then right-click on it and click Restart.

3. Then verify that the snipping tool shortcut is operational.

4. Whether not, check if restarting your computer fixes the issue.

Solution 2: Update the Windows and Snip & Skitch App to the Latest Release

If your system’s OS or the program itself is outdated, the Windows snipping tool shortcut may not operate because the app and OS may be incompatible. In this situation, updating the OS and app may be sufficient to resolve the issue.

1. Check if the snipping tool shortcut issue has been resolved by updating your system’s OS to the current release (make sure no optional updates are still pending).

2. If not, go to Microsoft Store and type “Snip & Sketch” into the search box (near the top right of the window).

3. Now open the Snip & Sketch result and see if there is an update available. If this is the case, update Snip & Sketch and see if the shortcut problem has been rectified.

Solution 3: Disable the Focus Assist

To eliminate unnecessary interruptions, many users turn on their systems’ Focus Assist option. However, this feature causes the problem by breaking the snipping tool shortcut’s operation. Disabling Focus Assist may address the problem in this case.

1. Right-click on the Action Center icon in the system’s tray (on the right of the system’s clock) and click Focus Assist.

2. Now, under the sub-menu, select Off and verify that the snipping tool is operational. If it’s already turned off, toggle it to Alarms Only and then back to off to see if it solves the problem.

3. If the problem persists, go to the Action Center icon and select Focus Assist from the drop-down menu. Then go to Settings.

4. Next, click Customize Your Priority List (in the Priority Only option), even if you have turned off the Focus Assist.

5. Then go under Apps to see whether Snip & Sketch is there. If the app isn’t already installed, go to Add an App and add Snip & Sketch from the list of available apps.

6. Then check if the Snip & Sketch shortcut works correctly.

Solution 4: Use the Notifications Panel

The screenshot taken is displayed in the notifications center in the newest version of Snip & Sketch. So, while the shortcut may work (i.e., it creates the screenshot), it will not appear in the notifications center if notifications are turned off. Enabling alerts may address the problem in this situation.

1. Use the shortcut to take a screenshot, then check the Action Center icon to see if the screenshot appears in the alerts (you may have to clear other notifications till the notification from Snip & Sketch is shown).

2. If the screenshot does not appear in the alerts, select All Settings from the Action Center icon.

3. Select Notifications & Actions from the System menu (in the left pane).

4. Toggle the switch for “Get Notifications from Apps and Other Senders” (under Notifications) to on in the right pane.

5. Now, scroll down and make sure Snip & Sketch is enabled under Get Notifications from These Senders.

6. Then see if the Snip & Sketch shortcut works correctly.

7. If not, tap the Windows key and type Background Apps into the search box. Then choose Background Apps from the drop-down menu.

8. Check to see if the shortcut issue has been repaired by allowing Snip & Sketch to operate in the background.

Solution 5: Clean Boot Your System

If any of the installed applications on your system are interfering with the operation of the application or its shortcut, the snipping tool shortcut may stop working. In this instance, a fresh boot of the system may be necessary to resolve the issue.

1. Clean boot your system and check to see if the snipping tool shortcut is operating properly.

2. If this is the case,  enable the disabled services/applications one by one during the clean booting procedure to see which one is causing the problem. Once the problematic service/application is identified, you may need to delve a little more to make Snip & Sketch work in its presence.

Solution 6: Install the Snip & Sketch Application from the Microsoft Store

Many people want to uninstall Windows built-in Apps or features using automated scripts or programs. If the Snip & Sketch application was deleted from your system, you can get this error (either intentionally or unintentionally by an automated script or application). Installing the Snip & Sketch app from the Microsoft Store may remedy the problem in this scenario.

1. Open a web browser and go to the Microsoft Store’s Snip & Sketch website.

2. After that, click on the Get button and then choose Open Microsoft Store.

3. Then, to install Snip & Sketch, click the Get button and then the Install button.

4. Check to see if the Snip & Sketch shortcut is working properly after installation.

Solution 7: Reset the Snip & Sketch Application to the Defaults

If the Snip & Sketch installation is corrupt, the snipping tool shortcut may not work. If that’s the case, resetting the Snip & Sketch application to its default settings might help.

1. Click on Start menu and select Settings.

2. Then expand Snip & Sketch under Apps.

3. Open Advanced Options and select Terminate from the drop-down menu.

4. Then see if the issue has been resolved.

5. If not, repeat steps 1–3 to open the Snip & Sketch application’s Advanced Options.

6. Now click the Reset option and confirm to Reset the Snip & Sketch app.

7. Then reboot your computer and see if the snipping tool shortcut still works.

Solution 8: Perform an SFC Scan

If files required for Windows to function are corrupt or missing, the snipping tool shortcut may not work. In this case, running an SFC scan may be able to clear the corruption and so resolve the issue.

1. Run an SFC scan on your computer (the scan may take some time to complete).

2. Then verify that the snipping tool shortcut is operational.

Solution 9: Create a New User Account

If your user profile is corrupt, the snipping tool shortcut may not work. In this scenario, starting a new user account can be the solution.

1. Make a new user for your machine and log out of the one you’re using now.

2. Now log in with your newly established account and see if the Snip & Sketch shortcut works.

If the problem persists, you may need to try a 3rd party utility to capture screenshots (OneNote, Greenshot, etc.) Alternatively, you can change the keyboard shortcut for the Snip & Sketch (Settings>>Ease of Access>>Keyboard>> Enable Print Screen Shortcut).

If you’re tech-savvy, you can use the “snippingtool.exe /clip” command to produce a batch file.

If the problem persists, you may need to do a reset or a clean installation of Windows.

In this video, we are gonna show you how to fix Snipping Tool Shortcut not Working in Windows 10:

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