Enable Print Screen Key to Open Snipping Tool in Windows 11

You can enable Print Screen Key to open the Snipping Tool app in Windows 11 in addition to different options to take a screenshot. The most advanced default option is the Snipping Tool app that can capture a region, window, or an entire screen, allowing you to annotate and share the screenshot after taking it.


You can launch Snipping Tool using a keyboard shortcut or a shortcut in the Start Menu. By far, the quickest and the most convenient way to take a screenshot in Windows 11 is to use the Print Screen button. You can enable the Print Screen key to launch Snipping Tool in Windows 11. Here is how.

Windows 11: Enable Print Screen Key to Open Snipping Tool

  1. Open Windows settings using  the Win + I shortcut or one of the many available options.
  2. Go to the Accessibility section.Windows 11 Settings Accessibility
  3. Scroll down to the Interaction section and click Keyboard.Windows 11 Settings Accessibility Keyboard
  4. Again, scroll down and find the Use the Print Screen button to open screen snipping option. Turn it on.Windows 11 Enable Print Screen Key To Open Snip And Sketch
  5. Now, press the Print Screen button to see it in action.Print Screen Key To Open Snip And Sketch In Windows 11

Note: After you enable the Print Screen key to launch Snipping Tool, Windows 11 may prompt you to turn on automatic screenshots upload to OneDrive when you press the Print Screen button. Click No thanks (you can also enable that feature if you will), then restart your computer.

After that, you will be able to take screenshots using the Snipping Tool app invoked by the Print Screen button.

If your keyboard has no Print Screen button, you can remap it using the PowerToys app or any other keyboard mapping software. Alternatively, you can use the default Win + Shift + S shortcut to launch Snip and Sketch from anywhere.

It is also worth mentioning that third-party applications can sometimes override the default Print Screen button behavior. Unfortunately, Windows 11 does not provide an option to choose the default screenshot utility, so you might need to change the settings in the installed software.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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