Backup and Restore Snip & Sketch Settings in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, also known as "October 2018 Update", Microsoft implemented a new option - screen snipping. A new Snip & Sketch app has been added to Windows 10 to quickly snip and share a screenshot. In this article, we will see how to backup and restore its settings. This is very useful, because you can restore them when required or transfer them to another PC or user account.

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. It allows adding annotations using a pen, touch, or mouse. The images can be shared with other apps. 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

Also, for convenience, you can create a special Screen Snip taskbar button. See

Add Screen Snip To Taskbar in Windows 10

To backup Snip & Sketch settings in Windows 10

  1. Close the Snip & Sketch app. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.ScreenSketch_8wekyb3d8bbwe. You can paste this line to the address bar of File Explorer and hit the Enter key.Snip And Sketch App Folder
  4. Copy the Settings subfolder. Right-click on it and select Copy from the context menu, or press the Ctrl + C key sequence to copy the folder.Windows 10 Backup Snip And Sketch Settings
  5. Paste the folder to some safe location where you want to keep it as your backup.

Restore Snip and Sketch Settings in Windows 10

  1. Close the Snip & Sketch app. You can terminate it in Settings.
  2. Open the File Explorer app.
  3. Go to the location where you store the backed up Settings folder and copy it.
  4. Now, open the folder %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.ScreenSketch_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  5. Paste the copied Settings folder here. When prompted, click on the button Replace the files in the destination to restore the settings.

Now you can start the app. It should appear with all your previously saved settings.

Note: The same method can be used to backup and restore options for other Windows 10 apps. See the articles


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