Enable Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, currently referred to as "Redstone 5", 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 use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping. Here is how.


Using the new 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. In the current implementation, other traditional tools available in the Snipping Tool (Delay, Window snip, and ink color, etc) are missing.

Windows 10 Screen Snip Notification

See the following article:

Take a Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10

It is possible to enable the Print Screen Key to launch Screen Snipping in Windows 10. This option is disabled by default. A new toggle switch can be found in Settings which controls this feature.

Enable Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of access -> Keyboard.
  3. On the right, scroll down to the Print Screen key section.
  4. Turn on the option Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping.Screen Snip Print Screen Key

You are done!

This option can be disabled later if you change your mind.

Besides the Screen Snip feature, Windows 10 comes with a bunch of options for taking screenshots. You can use

  • The Win+Print Screen hotkey
  • Only the PrtScn (Print Screen) key
  • The Alt+Print Screen keys
  • The Snipping Tool application, which also has its own Win + Shift + S shortcut. Tip: You can also create a shortcut to capture a screen region in Windows 10.

Related articles:

That's it.

Support us

Winaero greatly relies on your support. You can help the site keep bringing you interesting and useful content and software by using these options:

If you like this article, please share it using the buttons below. It won't take a lot from you, but it will help us grow. Thanks for your support!


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.

7 thoughts on “Enable Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping in Windows 10”

  1. From CMD (as ADM):
    reg add “HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard\” /v “PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

  2. Now that we know *HOW* to turn the hotkey off/on… how about also telling this:

    How do I *PICK* which of the many snipping tools in my default tool?
    Snagit, SnipIt, Snip and Sketch, etc, etc, etc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Using Telegram? Subscribe to the blog channel!
Hello. Add your message here.