How to: Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Snipping Tool in Windows 10/7

In Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows, taking a snapshot of a window, part of the screen, or the entire screen was tedious work. You first had to press the Print Screen key on your keyboard, open the Paint program, then press the hotkey Ctrl + V to paste the snapshot. Users who wanted advanced options had no choice but to choose third-party tools.

To help users take snapshots without installing third party tools, Microsoft first introduced the Snipping Tool with Windows Vista and the same functionality also exists in Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and the latest version of Windows 10 .


With the Snipping tool, you can capture text, graphics and any associated annotations and save them in the desired format. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't defined a default keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool.

Each time, we have to go through the Start menu or enter the search keyword in the Start menu search to launch it. Wouldn't it be great if you could run the Snipping Tool with the help of a keyboard shortcut?

UPDATE: There are over 9 useful keyboard shortcuts for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10.

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Keyboard shortcut to start the Snipping Tool in Windows

Yes, you can create a keyboard shortcut to launch the Snipping Tool in Windows 10/7. To create a keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool, use the following simple procedure:

Instructions for Windows 10 (scroll down for Windows 7 instructions)

Step 1: If you have Windows 10, go to Start > window accessoriesright-click the Crop Tool item, click Moreand then click Open file location to open the Windows Accessories folder.


Keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10, step 1

Step 2: Right-click the Snipping Tool shortcut, then click Property.


keyboard shortcut for Windows 10 Snipping Tool step 2

Step 3: Under the shortcut tab, select the field next to hotkey then enter a keyboard shortcut you want to use to launch the Snipping Tool. Note that Windows automatically adds Ctrl + Alt as a prefix. Therefore, it is recommended to use a shortcut like Ctrl + Al + S as a keyboard shortcut.


Keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10, step 3

Tip: Note that you can also add the Snipping Tool shortcut to the taskbar and then use the Windows key and number key to launch the tool. For example, if you've pinned the Snipping Tool to the far left of the taskbar (next to the Start icon), press the Windows key + 1 to launch the Snipping Tool.

Instructions for Windows 7

Step 1: To go home> All programs> Accessories. Right click on Crop tool and select Property.

Step 2: Move to Shortcut language. Select the hotkey then press any keyboard key you want as the program shortcut.

Crop tool

Step 3: Windows will define the new Snipping Tool shortcut and integrate it CTRL + ALT as the connection prefix. If you have assignedS.“For the Snipping tool, you have to press CTRL + ALT + S to begin with, for example.

Step 4: Click on To apply button. Don't forget the new keyboard shortcut!

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