Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10

snip-tool-win-10Update: As pointed out by our readers, Microsoft have moved the Snipping Tool in its final release version of Windows 10. It now lives in a location where we are probably more used to accessing it from. So, to start the Snipping Tool, click on the Start icon and then the All Apps option. This brings up an alphabetical list of programs and folders.

Scroll down to the ‘W’ section and click on the Windows Accessories folder. The Snipping Tool should be listed in this folder.

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If you’re going to use the Snipping Tool frequently, then you may want to take advantage of one of two options in the right-click context menu on the Snipping Tool, namely ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Pin to Taskbar’.


Pinning the Snipping Tool to Start, creates a ’tile’ for the software, in the group of tiles to the right of the Start menu. Pinning the Snipping Tool to the Taskbar, creates a permanent icon on the Windows Taskbar.

You could also use the Search option to the right of the Start icon and enter ‘sn’. The Snipping Tool will be the only option in the search result list.

Hope that helps everyone find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10.

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Whilst Windows 10 won’t be released until after April 2015, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the OS given the Technical Preview available to check out what’s changed for Snipping Tool users.

The good news is that on this review version of Win 10, the Snipping Tool is most definitely front and center! There’s a shortcut to it available on the main Start Menu no less!

CaptureWhich of course makes it a breeze to start up your favourite snipping tool in the latest OS from Microsoft. There’s also the usual Pin/Unpin from Start and Pin/Unpin from taskbar option.

However things got a bit confusing with the Pin/Unpin from Start option. Pinning it to Start means it appears as a tile option in the area to the right of the Start Menu and unpinning it moved it back to the Start menu.

The only way to remove it from the Start Menu/Area was to use the ‘Remove from this list’ option, which demoted it to the All Apps area under Windows Accessories – its usual home!

So the only real changes to where to find the Snipping Tool in Win 10 are more a reflection of a change in the OS itself with the merging of the two interfaces available in Win 8.

In our next post we’ll take a closer look at the Win 10 version of the Snipping Tool to see what has changed in its functionality.

Updated: Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t find any differences in functionality between a Win 7 snipping tool app and the Win 10 version!

Updated: Actually yes we did! Check out the new features in the Snipping Tool in Windows 10!


56 Responses to “Where to find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10”

  1. Your Way Wrong says:

    Your wrong. It is not there.

  2. DeAnn Hayes says:

    Windows 10 was just downloaded to my computer and the Snipping Tool is NOT front and center in the start menu. I cannot find it at all and I had the app in Windows 8. I use this all the time and am very frustrated! 🙁

  3. Bruce Stigers says:

    I have downloaded Windows 10 and I cannot find the snipping tool. It is not listed in the apps list. I used it a lot and want it back.

  4. aroms says:

    Hi, everyone, yeah Microsoft moved the location of the Snipping Tool in the final release of Windows 10. The post has been updated to reflect this change.

  5. Steve says:

    thanks guys, I love the snipping tool, its the my most favorite tool. I nearly had a panic attack trying to find it on W10, now it its pinned to task bar.

  6. Jon Merritt says:

    just downloaded windows 10. can’t find snipping tool! clicked start/all apps/windows accessories snipping tool not listed????????????? already looked its not there!!!!!!! had some computer problems my computer guy may have deleted it! is there a program i can reinstall it? i hate windows 10! can’t find anything like windows 8!!

    • aroms says:

      Hi Jon,

      Well, we’ve double checked and the Snipping Tool is definitely there in our version of Win 10. Try the search function on the task bar. If that fails then have a look in the folder C:\Windows\System32 for the SnippingTool application file. If that’s not there then it sounds like it has disappeared!

      • Brian Layman says:

        My quick link bar shortcut launches with this:

        That should work universally. For me, as it is the third pinned app, I access it with a Win+3

        • aroms says:

          Thanks for that Brian. You’re obviously a frequent user of the Snipping Tool!

        • Stephanie Duell says:

          Thank you! %windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe worked for me! I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and it came with Windows 8 then I got a update to Windows 10 and the snipping tool disappeared. It did not show up in the start menu search or in “all apps”.

          • aroms says:

            Hi Stephanie, we’re glad you found Brian’s comment helpful. We’re a bit surprised that the Snipping Tool doesn’t appear in your Win 10 install. We’ll deep a bit deeper and find out why it doesn’t.

        • Abhishek Maheshwari says:

          Found it!

          Thanks Brian

      • Victor says:

        Well it may be on yours, but it’s not on several other people’s. It’s not on mine and I looked everywhere. It’s not in System 32 files, either. So, let’s move on. Does anyone know where to download it?

  7. Brian Layman says:

    Not sure how you can miss the differences in the snipping tool between 7 and 10. When you run it in 7, it opens in capture mode. That means using it with a hotkey is 1 key combo and a click and drag to create the capture. In Windows 10, you have to exit the app/dropdown/tool tip you are in and click New to create the capture.

    I suspect/hope there is a CLI parameter to start the capture upon launch, but I haven’t found it yet.

    • aroms says:

      And neither are we sure how we missed them Brian!

      Needless to say we will be posting about the new features soon and update this post accordingly!

      Thanks for letting us know.

  8. Alan Butler says:

    Where is the Snipping tool in Windows 10?

    • aroms says:

      Hi Alan,

      Sorry to hear you can’t find the Snipping Tool in Win 10. The simplest way to find it is to click on the ‘Search Windows’ magnifying glass at the left-hand end of the taskbar amd type in ‘snip’ into the search box. The Snipping Tool should be displayed at a ‘desktop app’ at the top of the search results.

      Hope that helps!

  9. david says:

    Thank you for that. Saved me from a lot of frustration!

  10. Rose C says:

    The Snipping tool is not where you have listed, it is not anywhere. I am downloading it again.

    • aroms says:

      Hi Rose, we’ve just double-checked and the Snipping Tool is definitely under Windows Accessories in the All Apps menu.

      You should not need to download it. And I’m not too sure what you mean about downloading it again, as it comes standard with Win 10 and should have been installed as part of your Win 10 install.

  11. Ruth says:

    Thanks for that! Couldn’t have been easier to find.:)

  12. Susan says:

    My Snipping Tool is exactly where they said it would be along with many other goodies I didn’t know about!! Yay!!

  13. Viktoriya says:

    Found it less than in 15 seconds! Thank you very much for the info!

  14. Kathrine says:

    HI Brian,
    Thank you for the guide of where to find it. However, once I did and clicked on it my computer gave me the negative sound, like I did an improper command and I get a big red “X”. What is going on and is there any way to get the Snipping tool back to function?

  15. Dan says:

    Thank you!

  16. Jeanette says:

    I use the snipping tool but cannot get it to send. It says I do not have an email associated. Can you help? I have Windows 10 on my Toshiba Satellite.

    • aroms says:

      Hi Jeanette,

      Can you check in the Windows 10 settings of your laptop? Under System/Default Apps, the top option is for a default email app. Make sure this is set to your email client app. By setting this, the Snipping Tool should know which email application to open when trying to email the snip!

      Hope that helps

  17. M. R. Pamidi, Ph. D. says:

    Your Microsofties are a bunch of idiots. With every new release of Windows, you take one step forward and three steps backward. Notepad, Paint, and Snipping Tool wee so clearly visible before; now, you hid these useful things somewhere. Even ‘My Computer’ is so hard to find.

  18. Tracey says:

    I use the snipping tool a lot so pinned it to start and made a desktop shortcut and all was fine but tried to use it yesterday and it isn’t there. It also isn’t in Accessories – in fact, the only things left in Accessories are NotePad and IE – where has everything else gone?

    • aroms says:

      Not sure why the apps have disappeared. Does the snipping tool still come up when you use Windows Search?

  19. Steve says:

    Snipping Tool not in my download of Windows 10, where can it be obtained from

    • aroms says:

      Have you looked under Windows Accessories on your Start Menu? Or tried searching for it using the Windows search function (the magnifying glass next to the Start icon)?

  20. Janice says:

    I clicked on the magnifying glass lower left corner and clicked on apps upper left corner and the snipping tool was there midway down the list. I then pinned the snipping tool to my taskbar.

  21. I got rid of Cortana for security reasons but I just click “all apps” scroll down to “windows accessories” scroll down to “snipping tool”. I would drag it to the task bar for future 1 click access. I was surprised by how much I use it.

  22. John says:

    Awesome!!! Just got a new computer and couldn’t find it. It was right where you said it would be though, and I was able to pin it to my task bar. Thank you!

  23. lizzie says:

    It’s under “W” because having it under “S” would be too easy?

  24. adrian says:

    I had it in apps. now it disappeared. not in apps, not in accessories, not coming up in search. after 10 months of updating w10 I now have to worry about disappearing apps ? if I look at the time I spend updating, searching, worrying about windows, this computer is getting very expensive. I was told that apples have less worms. anybody can confirm ?

    • aroms says:

      Hi Adrian,

      Sorry to hear that the Snipping Tool has disappeared. Hopefully the executable is still there.

      If you use Windows Explorer to go to C:\%windir%\system32\ where windir is you windows installation folder you should find the file ‘SnippingTool.exe’.

      Right click on the exe file and select Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut). This will create a shortcut to the application for you on your desktop.

      Hope that helps.

  25. Rhea says:

    Why doesn’t Windows 10 now have a SCROLLING Snipping Tool?

  26. Rocket Man says:

    It’s there in Windows Accessories with options to pin to Start and to taskbar.
    Now hoping it doesn’t disappear like it did before….

  27. Judith says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Best and swiftest help ever

  28. Kathleen says:

    When I have a page on screen that I wish to snip a section from, upon clicking the snip icon, the selected page disappears from the screen. What am I doing wrong?

    • aroms says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      We’re sorry to hear that you are having problems using the Snipping Tool to take a snip of your page.

      We have a few questions for you before we can help you out

      1) Can you confirm you are using the Windows Snipping Tool when you say ‘snip icon’?

      2) Can you confirm what you mean by page? Is it an application window? A web page displayed in a browser?

      3) Can you confirm what you mean by ‘disappears’? Does the application close? Does the browser shut down? Does it re-appear when you close the snipping tool?

      The Snipping Tool Team

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  30. Jerry says:

    Found it! Thanks 😀

  31. joe s says:

    i found it in windows accessories. pinned it to start menu

  32. Yogesh says:

    Thank you very much for sharing excellent tips about snipping tool windows 10.