Windows Key shortcut for the Snipping Tool

Another top tip for Snipping Tool enthusiasts. You can actually bypass the Snipping Tool’s interface entirely by using this shortcut – Windows Key + Shift + S.

This key combination jumps straight into the Snipping Tool, greys out the screen and displays crosshairs for the user to select the section of the screen they wish to capture. Having snipped the display (as below), the selection is then copied to the clipboard to allow you to paste it into whatever software you wish.

Windows Key Snipping Tool Shortcut

Of course this bypasses the Snipping Tool’s own image editing capabilities, but of course you may prefer to edit your snips in some other software, in which case this shortcut is ideal for you. When we tested this, we could quickly snip screenshots into a new browser-based email.

Whilst not necessarily suitable in all circumstances, this shourtcut, Windows Key + Shift + S, is a great way to quickly take a snip and paste it wherever. It’s also possibly the fastest way to take a snip in Windows!

Snipping Tool Application Options

Having taken a look at the ‘Snip’ options available in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, we thought we’d take a quick look at the application options as well. Clicking on the Options cog in the initial Snipping Tool window opens up the ‘Snipping Tool Options’ dialog

Screen grab of the Windows Snipping Tool options dialog window
Snipping Tool Options Dialog

Snipping Tool ‘Snip’ Options

Most of us probably just make ‘rectangular’ snips when using the Windows Snipping Tool. But there are a few other options available when using the Snipping Tool.

These alternative snips are available in a drop down from the ‘New’ option in the Snipping Tool.

Multiple Monitors and PrntScrn in Windows 10

The PrntScrn or ‘Print Screen’ keyboard function has been around a long time, coming into existence well before multiple monitor setups were all the rage. Now that multiple monitor setups are much more common we thought we’d take a quick look at how the PrntScrn key operates with multiple screens in Windows 10.

1) PrntScrn

A straight PrntScrn command captures a full ‘screen dump’ incorporating all the monitors, no single/window capture here. Of note is that it also captures dropdowns plus the Start Window as seen on the image below which displays the Firefox options menu highlighted in the centre monitor screen.

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