Add Screen Snip To Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, also known as "October 2018 Update", Microsoft implemented a new option - screen snipping. A new Screen Snip feature has been added to Windows 10 to quickly snip and share a screenshot. You can add a Screen Snip button to the taskbar. This will allow you to take a screenshot faster without opening the Action Center.

Windows 10 Screen Snip Shortcut

Using the new Screen Snip tool, you can capture a rectangle, snip a freeform area, or take a full screen capture, and copy it directly to the clipboard. Immediately after taking a snip you’ll now get a notification that will take you and your snip to the Screen Sketch app where you can annotate and share away. Screenshots can be opened in the Screen Sketch app, which adds extra options like Ink Color and Delay. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the Window Capture option available in the classic Snipping Tool app.


The following article covers various methods you can use to launch the Screen Snip tool:

Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10

In short, you can Press the Win + Shift + S keys or use a special quick action button in the Action Center pane.

Windows 10 Screen Snip Action Button

For convenience, you may want to create a special Screen Snip taskbar button. Here's how it can be done.

To add Screen Snip to the taskbar in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Right click the empty space on your Desktop. Select New - Shortcut from the context menu (see the screenshot).
  2. In the shortcut target box, type or copy-paste the following:
    explorer.exe ms-screenclip:

    Windows 10 Screen Snip Shortcut 1

  3. Use the line "Screen Snip" without quotes as the name of the shortcut. Actually, you can use any name you want. Click on the Finish button when done.
    Any Name Shortcut Windows 10
  4. Now, right click the shortcut you created and select Properties.Windows 10 Screen Snip Shortcut 2
  5. On the Shortcut tab, you can specify a new icon if you wish. You can use the icon from the c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll file.Windows 10 Screen Snip Shortcut Icon
  6. Click OK to apply the icon, then click OK to close the shortcut properties dialog window.
  7. Right-click on your shortcut again, and select Pin to taskbar from the context menu.Windows 10 Pin Screen Snip To Taskbar

You are done. You can remove the Desktop shortcut you have created, it is not required any more.

Windows 10 Add Screen Snip To Taskbar

Tip: To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It comes with the following option:

Winaero Tweaker Screen Snip Shortcut

Using it, you can create the shortcut quickly, then pin it to the taskbar.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Add Screen Snip To Taskbar in Windows 10”

  1. When the Screen Sketch app was first introduced I was somewhat hoping for scrolling window snipping. Removing default window snipping altogether makes the app simply worthless.

  2. Any idea how to make the shortcut go directly to “New”, saving one step? I’ve never yet needed to open a previously taken snip, or do anything with one. i only ever want to take a new one. In my current work role I have to do this twelve times an hour, so a shortcut that would take me directly to taking a new snip rather than the two step process of opening ‘Snip’ then selecting ‘New’ becomes significant!

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