Snipping Tool not working Windows 10 » 9 Ways to Fix it.

Snipping Tool is a proprietary Windows screen capture tool that allows you to edit screen captures with many valuable features. But sometimes, you may experience the Snipping tool not working windows 10, not opening, or even it may show a grey or black screen.

There may be other software that conflicts with Snipping Tool, or Snipping Tool may not work properly whether an error with Snipping Tool or some related system files is corrupted. Whatever the reason, the below given are practical solutions that can help you to fix almost any errors related to the snipping tool.

In this guide, you will learn how to fix any Snipping Tool errors on your computer in an easy way just by following simple steps.

Snipping tool not working windows 10

There can be many reasons why you cannot take screenshots on your system. A lot can go wrong, from missing registry keys to outdated keyboard drivers and third-party print screen software.

But before leaving the task to a third-party app, try and these simple fixes and follow the steps for all screen capture issues like; if your facing Snipping Tool is not showing up, unfortunately Snipping Tool stopped working, the Snipping Tool won’t save, Snipping Tool missing, and others.

9 Ways to Fix Snipping Tool Errors in Simple Steps.

1. Restart your Computer.

First, let’s restart your PC, which is probably fixed if the temporary glitch is causing the problem; this will save your time a lot. If not then move to the second way.

2. Enable Snipping Tool in Group Policy.

If your snipping tool is missing or not showing up the opening with an error, you should check this method.

1. Type ‘Edit group policy’ in the search bar and open it.

Type 'Edit group policy' in the search bar and open it

2. Now navigate: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet > Accessories.

In the Accessories tab, double click on the ‘Do not allow Snipping Tool to run.

In the Accessories tab double click on the 'Do not allow Snipping Tool to run'

A new window will open; here, you have to select “not configured” the press ‘OK’ and ‘Apply.’

select "not configured" the press 'OK' and 'Apply'

3. Restart Snipping Tool.

If the Snipping Tool isn’t working properly, you can turn off the Snipping Tool and restart it.

1. Press “Ctrl + Alt + Del” on the keyboard at the same time to display the Task Manager.

2. Find the Snipping Tool and end its task.

Find Snipping tool and end it task

3. Now restart by running a new task by tapping on the ‘File’ option.

running a new task

Now Type “SnippingTool.Exe” In The Popped Up Run New Task Box, then Press Enter Key.

Type “SnippingTool.Exe”

4. Fix Shortcut Keys for Snipping Tool.

If you are facing that an opening Snipping Tool isn’t opening through pressing shortcut key, probably the reason is you aren’t set shortcut for this function yet.

Follow the steps to check whether you have set the shortcut or not.

1. Open the file location of Snipping Tool by navigating this C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories.

2. Now, Right-click on the “Snipping Tool” and open the “Properties” Option.

Right-click on the “Snipping Tool” and open the “Properties” Option

3. Under properties, switch to the “Shortcut” tab. You will find the “Shortcut key” option. If you see “none” written over there. Just press the ‘S’ key from your keyboard. This will automatically set the shortcut key there.

Under properties switch to the “Shortcut” tab

4. Once it is done, tap on the “Apply” toggle. In case an administrative permission message prompts, tap on “Continue,” then press the “Ok” toggle to save these changes.

Now press the shortcut key you have chosen to launch the “Snipping Tool.” If it is working, then well and good; if not, then go with the following method.

5. Run the system file checker.

Run the system file checker with CMD which scans and restores missing system files with correct ones to fix Snipping Tool.

1. Type ‘cmd’ on the search and run it as an administrator.

Type 'cmd' on the search and run it as an administrator

2. Type sfc/scannow on the command line, press “Enter”; this will start looking for missing corrupted system files. If it finds any, the SFC utility automatically restores them with the correct one.

Run the system file checker

3. Once done, restart your PC to apply the changes.

4. Now press Windows key + R, type “snippingtool.exe” and click OK to check if the tool is fixed. If the tool started successfully, perform a shortcut to verify it.

6. Locate and fix conflicting software.

If there is any software on your computer that conflicting with the Snipping Tool, you should immediately fix it. A clean boot helps to find and fix if a third-party software conflict is causing the problem.

1. Press the Windows logo and the “R” on the keyboard together to open ‘Run’ app.

2. Now type “msconfig”, then press “Enter”.

Type msconfig, then press Enter

2. In the System Settings window, click on the “Service” tab, check “Hide all Microsoft services” below the window, then stop the suspicious services, especially concerning to newly installed software.

Locate and fix conflicting software

3. Once done, click OK and apply. Now restart your PC and check if this helps to fix the problem.

Tip: If the Snipping Tool is fixed then, Navigate C Drive > Windows > System32. Here you will find “SinppingTool.exe” in order it to pin it to the taskbar as well as to create the shortcut by right-clicking on it.

7. Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter.

Windows has provided troubleshooters to many software and applications. On the off chance that we get a few issues in windows, so can fix it by running the respective troubleshooter. As we know, the Snipping Tool is the default application of windows, and windows have an implicit troubleshooter for Windows Store Apps.

You need to run the troubleshooter to clear out this issue. To run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter, follow the steps below.

Run the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
  1. Search ‘Troubleshoot settings’.
  2. Now click on the Additional Troubleshooter.
  3. Scroll Down And Find Windows Store Apps
  4. Left-Click On Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter And Run The Troubleshooter.
  5. Find the Windows Store Apps and click o Run the troubleshooter.
  6. Now Let The Process Complete.

Windows will automatically detect the issue and try to fix the problem. Once the process is completed, Check if your problem has been resolved.

If your issue is as yet unfixed, go for the official help of the Microsoft Snipping Tool. They will help you with the number of solutions to resolve it. As the issue appears a bit specialized, an administrative approach is required.

Ensure you have all the system details, including the warranty card if relevant. Try not to stress as this is a minor and fixable issue.

Until then, you can use the new cropping tool; read below.

New Windows’ Crop Tool.

Microsoft has provided a new Snip tool called “Snip & Sketch. “ Press the key combination Shift + Windows Key + S, and the latest Crop and Sketch tool will be available to you, or just type Snip & Sketch in the search bar.

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