Troubleshooting: Windows Snipping Tool Shortcut Not Working Issue

Using the Windows squeeze tool is one of the easiest ways to capture and annotate all or part of the screen. You can capture an entire window or a small part of the screen, or you can draw on the screen and capture only the part of the screen that has a particular shape.

Also, you don’t need to open the tool every time you want to capture a screen, as there is a shortcut to the cropping tool.

Recently, some users have reported that the Windows shortcut for the squeeze tool doesn’t work on their PC. If you find yourself in a similar situation and can’t use the shortcut, you’ve come to the right place.

This guide explains how to fix this problem on your computer in a few simple steps.

Why is the Windows Snipping Tool shortcut not working?

The Snip and Sketch application shortcut (i.e. Windows + Shift + S) may not work if the Snip and Sketch application is not installed correctly. In addition, improperly configured system notifications can also cause the specified error.

Many users tend to enable the Focus Assist feature on their system to avoid unnecessary interruptions. However, this feature interferes with the snippet tool link and thus causes this problem. In this case, disabling the Focus Assist feature can solve the problem.

How to solve the problem of the Windows Snipping tool shortcut not working?

Utilize the new Snipping and Sketching tool

Microsoft is trying to replace the Snipping tool with the new Snip and Sketching application. For this reason, Microsoft has reserved the Shift + Windows + S key combination for the new Sketching tool.

  • Press the Shift + Windows + S key combination and the new Snipping and Sketching tool is available to you.

If you don’t want to use the long Shift + Windows + S key combination to open the Cut and Sketch tool, you can use the PrtSc (Print Screen) key.

  1. Click Start and select Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. In the Interaction section, click on Keyboard.
  4. Scroll down to Print Screen Shortcut and check the Use PrtScn key to open the screen shortcut option.
  5. That’s it. Pressing the PrtSc key on the keyboard opens the cropping tool.

Checking the properties of the shortcut button

  1. On the desktop, right-click the Compression Tool icon and select Properties.
  2. Right-click the Compression Tool icon and select Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Shortcut tab.
  4. If the Shortcut: field shows None, it means that you have not defined a shortcut key for the tool.
  5. Click on None and press any key on the keyboard.
  6. Click Apply and OK to save your changes.
  7. Close the Properties window and press the keyboard shortcut you assigned to start the clipping tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

To open the Trim Tool, press the Start key, type Trim Tool, then press Enter. (To select the type of cut, press Alt + M, then use the arrow keys to select Freeform, Rectangular, Window, or Full Screen Cut, then press Enter.

If the clipping tool isn't working properly, such as the clipping tool shortcut, eraser, or stylus, you can quit and re-run the clipping tool. Press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" on your keyboard to display the Task Manager. Find the SnippingTool.exe file and complete it, then restart it.

Press Shift + Windows + S, and you'll have access to a new snapshot and thumbnail tool. If you don't want to use the long Shift + Windows + S key combination to open the slicing and sketching tool, you can use the PrtSc (Print Screen) key.

  1. Call the system file check and DISM.
  2. Change the key combinations in the Properties section.
  3. Restart the Microsoft Snipping Tool.
  4. Detect and remove the conflicting program.
  5. Use the Windows Store application troubleshooter.
  6. Resolve the conflict through the Registry.

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