Disable snipping tool in Windows 11

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11 is a built-in application that allows users to capture screenshots of their screen. This tool provides a variety of options for taking screenshots, editing them, and saving or sharing them. In case users want to use an alternative screenshot application they have to Disable Snipping Tool as follow:

1. In the windows search box type Settings and then navigate to Accessibility -> Keyboard.

2. Find the option “Use the Print Screen Key to open Screen Capture” and turn it to off. (Disable Snipping Tool)

3. Restart workstation.


Anyway if users still want to use Snipping tool, here’s a detailed look and functionalities:

Key Features:

  1. Capture Modes:
    • Rectangular Snip: Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
    • Freeform Snip: Draw a freeform shape around an object.
    • Window Snip: Select a window, such as a dialog box, to capture.
    • Fullscreen Snip: Capture the entire screen.
  2. Delay Function:
    • Allows you to set a delay (in seconds) before the screenshot is taken, which is useful for capturing dropdown menus or other transient items.
  3. Annotation Tools:
    • After taking a screenshot, you can annotate it using tools like a pen, highlighter, and eraser to mark up the image.
  4. Editing Features:
    • Basic editing features such as cropping and highlighting are available.
    • Integration with the Photos app for more advanced editing.
  5. Saving and Sharing:
    • Screenshots can be saved in various formats like PNG, JPEG, and GIF.
    • There are options to copy the screenshot to the clipboard or share it directly via email or other applications.
  6. Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • You can quickly open the Snipping Tool using the shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S, which directly opens the snipping toolbar for immediate use.
  7. Integration with Snip & Sketch:
    • Windows 11 combines the traditional Snipping Tool and the Snip & Sketch app, bringing the features of both into one unified interface.

How to Use the Snipping Tool:

  1. Opening the Tool:
    • You can open the Snipping Tool by searching for it in the Start menu or by using the shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S.
  2. Taking a Screenshot:
    • Select the desired snip mode from the toolbar that appears.
    • Capture the screen area as per the selected mode.
  3. Annotating and Editing:
    • Once the snip is taken, it opens in the Snipping Tool window where you can annotate or edit as needed.
  4. Saving and Sharing:
    • Use the toolbar options to save the screenshot or share it directly.

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11 is a versatile and user-friendly application for all your screenshot needs, providing both basic and slightly advanced functionalities in one integrated interface.

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