How to Uninstall Snipping Tool in Windows 10

How to Uninstall the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

Snipping Tool is one of the classic Windows apps which comes preinstalled starting in Windows Vista. It is a simple, but useful screen capturing app that is probably familiar to every user. With Windows 10, Microsoft offers a new Screen & Sketch modern app, which replaces the classic Snipping Tool.

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So, the Snipping Tool is a simple and useful application shipped with Windows by default. It was created specially for taking screenshots. It can create most types of screenshots - window, custom area or whole screen.

Snipping Tool Capture Type

In Windows 10, the Snipping tool points the user to the Screen & Sketch app, indicating that its days are numbered. So, starting in Windows 10 build 21277, the Snipping Tool is now an optional component. While build 21277 retains it preinstalled (but this may eventually change), it is now possible to uninstall it.

This post will show you how to get uninstall the Snipping Tool app in Windows 10. We will also review how to install it back into the OS if you need to restore it after the removal. There are a number of methods you can use

Uninstall the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. On the right, click on Manage Optional features.Apps And Features Manage Optional Link Windows 10
  4. Click on the Snipping Tool entry in the list of optional features.
  5. Click on the Uninstall button.Windows 10 Uninstall Snipping Tool
  6. This will instantly remove the app from the OS.Windows 10 Snipping Tool Uninstalled

You are done.

Note. You can directly open the Optional features page in Settings by right-clicking on the Snipping Tool entry in the Start menu and then selecting "Uninstall" from the menu.Windows 10 Uninstall Snipping Tool From The Start Menu

If you need to install the Snipping Tool after the removal, here is what you need to do.

Install Snipping Tool in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. On the right, click on Manage Optional features.Apps And Features Manage Optional Link Windows 10
  4. Click on the Add a feature button.Windows 10 Optional Features Add Feature
  5. Find the Snipping Tool app in the list of available components and select (check) it.Windows 10 Select Snipping Tool
  6. Click on the Install button.Windows 10 Snipping Tool Install Button
  7. You have installed the Snipping Tool.Windows 10 Snipping Tool Installed

Alternatively, you can use the command prompt to install and uninstall the Snipping Tool. This involves the DISM command. You must be signed in as an administrator to use it.

Uninstall or Install the Snipping Tool using Command Prompt

  1. Open a command prompt as Administrator.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command to uninstall the Snipping Tool. DISM /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft-Windows-SnippingTool~~~~0.0.1.0​.Windows 10 Uninstall Snipping Tool In Command Prompt
  3. To install the Snipping Tool after you removed it, use this command: DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft-Windows-SnippingTool~~~~0.0.1.0​.
  4. Hit the Enter key to run the command.
  5. You can now close the command prompt window.

That's it.

The Snipping Tool was part of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition but went mainstream after it was included in Windows Vista. It is able to capture screenshots of a window, of a screen area or the whole screen contents. Once you capture an image, you can add an annotation and save your capture to a *.png, *.jpg or *.gif file. The tool did not change much until Windows 10.

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