Set a Keyboard HotKey or Shortcut Key for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

It’s very easy in Windows 10 to set up a keyboard shortcut to start up the Snipping Tool or any other application for that matter. Just follow these steps

1. Right click on the Snipping Tool in the App menu (or its tile if you have one setup) and select ‘Open File Location’

2. This opens the Windows Accessories folder in Windows Explorer

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3. Right click on the Snipping Tool shortcut and select Properties

4. On the Shortcut tab click in the Shortcut key field and then press the key you wish to use as the keyboard HotKey or Shortcut Key for the Snipping Tool

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5. Click on Apply. Depending on your User permissions you may have to click Continue on an Access Denied window

6. Click OK on the Snipping Tool Properties

7. You can now quick open the Snipping Tool by pressing the keyboard HotKey you chose in step 4

4 Responses to “Set a Keyboard HotKey or Shortcut Key for the Snipping Tool in Windows 10”

  1. Ellie Harris says:

    I need snipping tool on my windows computer because I am copying off Smyths onto word pad and powerpoint,

  2. bronzo says:

    When I brought up the Properties pop-up, there’s no “shortcut” tab. I’m running Windows 10 ver-1611. Any suggestion?

    • aroms says:

      Hi bronzo,

      In step 3, are you right-clicking on the shortcut or the Snipping Tool executable (SnippingTool.exe)?

      Can you confirm?

      Snipping Tool Team

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