How to disable Print Screen from opening Snipping Tool in Windows 11 and 10

Windows 11 now uses the Print Screen key to open Snipping Tool, but you can disable this new behavior. In previous releases of the operating system, pressing the Prt Scr key captures an image of the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. This has changed with KB5025310.


The Redmond software giant is planning to make a significant change to the way the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key works in Windows 11. The company has decided to overhaul this default behavior by replacing it with their own Snipping Tool.

This means that pressing the Prt Scr key will now open the Snipping Tool instead of capturing the entire screen. The company has already started testing this change in the beta versions of Windows 11.

The ability to remap the Print Screen key to the Snipping Tool app was first introduced in Windows 10. However, since then it was not enabled by default and remained optional.

KB5025310 that ships Windows 11 Build 22624.1546 to consumers makes the new behavior default.

If you install this update or any subsequent one, the usual function of the Print Screen key will be replaced. Instead of taking a screenshot and saving it to the clipboard without any notification, the key will now launch the Snipping Tool application. It will run in the screen region capture mode. After selecting a specific area of the screen, you'll be able to save it as an image file.

If you aren't happy with the new behavior, here is how to disable the Print Screen key from opening the Snipping Tool app. Do the following.

Disable Print Screen From Opening Snipping Tool

  1. Press the Win + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. On the left, click the Accessibility item.
  3. Now, click on the Keyboard button in the right pane.Click on Keyboard on the right
  4. Finally, disable the Use the Print Screen button to open Snipping Tool toggle option.Disable Print Screen From Opening Snipping Tool

Note: In Windows 10, the toggle option is named  Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping.

The Screen Snip option for the Print Screen key on Windows 10

You are done!

Once you disable the new behavior, you can use the alternative Win + Shift + S shortcut to launch Snipping Tool from any app. Disabling the Print Screen key doesn't affect that shortcut.

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak that can be of help for various automation tasks. It works in both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Turn off Snipping Tool for the Print Screen key with a registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry editor app by typing regedit in Search (Win + S).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard key. You can paste this path to the address bar of regedit.
  3. On the right, create or modify a new DWORD (32-bit) value PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled, and set its value to 0 (zero).Print Screen Key disable Snipping Tool in Registry
  4. Close the Registry editor.

From now, Windows will no longer open the Snipping Tool every time you hit the Print Screen button on the keyboard.

Ready-to-use Registry files

To save your time, I have prepared two Registry files. Download them in a ZIP file, using this link, and extract the archive to any folder of your choice.

The REG files

Open the Disable Print Screen Key From Launching Snipping Tool.reg file,  and confirm the User Account Control prompt by clicking the Yes button. Next, click Yes  in the Registry Editor prompt to confirm the Registry change. The file will set the above reviewed PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled value to 0, and disable Print Screen from opening Snipping Tool.

The undo tweak, Use Print Screen Key To Launch Snipping Tool.reg, will restore the new defaults.

The command prompt method

In addition to the REG files and manual Registry editing, you may find useful changing the Print Screen key function from the command prompt. For that, you can use the inbox reg.exe app, which is a console registry management app. This

Open a new Terminal by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Terminal(Admin).

Open Terminal as Admin

In the Command Prompt tab (Ctrl + Shift + 2), type one of the following commands.

  1. Make Print Screen launch the Snipping Tool: reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard" /v PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f.
  2. Restore the classic Print Screen function: reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard" /v PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f.Disable Print Screen From Opening Snipping Tool in command prompt

You can use these commands in your batch files or scripts for fine-grain OS setup.

The classic Print Screen key behavior was indeed not perfect. It was created when PCs had a single display. These days, multi-monitor setups are quite common, but Print Screen silently captures their content as one big image in the clipboard. This may create some inconvenience. That's my Microsoft is changing its default function .

There are also third-party apps that may intercept it. So even if you disable the Snipping Tool assignment, Microsoft's OneDrive, Dropbox, or screen capture apps like GreenShot or ShareX may handle the key. Sadly, there is still no way to specify a custom app for the Print Screen key, or select one from known installed tools.

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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.

15 thoughts on “How to disable Print Screen from opening Snipping Tool in Windows 11 and 10”

  1. I followed method 1 above, which works – printscreen no longer opens the snipping tool. It ALSO no longer takes screen shots.

  2. I hate this new feature, give us back the default print key fonction. Now I can’t even take a screnshot without the stupid snipping tool opening or have to use keys I cannot memorize. Make it back like before or just put the option for people to still use te print key with or without the snipping tool. Just forcing it on people is terrible. Before everything was simple to use and people could just crop the damn thing afterwards and if they were too lazy then it was their problem, not mine.

  3. Is there a way to get the print screen image editor back? The snipping tool doesn’t seem to have the blur option and it’s very helpful when I am needing to blur out a date of birth or other personal information. I used to use both the snipping tool and the print screen option depending on what I was needing it for. Not having the option of which to choose is frustrating for sure.

  4. Hello all.
    I have 10 desktop with a very secure settings in Win10. One control is Snipping tool disabled by regedit, but those strings do not work in Win11. I’m still looking for the way of disable snipping tool app in Win11.

  5. Thank you. Enterprise policy blocked to use another snipping tool. But I have local administrator permission, so change in registry worked for me.

  6. The latest windows 11 23H2 disables this workarround.
    If you disable the snapping tool in the accesability keyboard settings, then you disable the printscreen button also for other applications such as ShareX ….

    Microsoft is getting serious of blocking any competition, probably scared to loose their “snipping tool” division

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