4 Ways to Open “Snip & Sketch” for Screenshots on Windows 10

Taking snapshots back in the days of older Windows versions was a tedious job, we had to press Print Screen key to save the screenshot to the clipboard then open MS Paint and press CTRL+V to paste the screenshot.

Users who wanted advanced features had to use third-party tools, like PicPick (free!).

Then Microsoft introduced Snipping Tool in order to help users taking snapshots without using third-party tools. This feature was introduced in Windows 7 and is also available in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

But now it’s moving to a new app called Snip & Sketch, which is using the UI that all Windows 10 apps are using.

In this tutorial you will learn how to launch Snip & Sketch using four different methods.

Let’s go!

1. Launch Snip & Sketch Using Keyboard Shortcut

The first way is the easiest, all you have to do is pressing theses keys simultaneously: Windows+Shift+S

2. Using Action Center’ Screen Snip Button

The second way to open Snip & Sketch is through the Action Center, just press Windows+A keys and you will see Screen snip button. If you don’t have it by default I will show you how to add it.

Open Settings App using the keys Windows+I. Go to “System“.

Click on “Notifications & actions” then click on “Edit your quick actions“.

Now you can remove/add any buttons to the Action Center. Click “Add“.

Choose “Screen snip“.

3. Using Print Screen Button

If you want to use the PrtScn keyboard button as a shortcut, go to the Settings App and choose “Ease of Access“”.

Go to “Keyboard” section under Interaction and toggle the Print Screen shortcut option.

4. Using Run Command or Shortcut

Or if you want you can use the following command in Run: explorer ms-screenclip:

Tip: To open Run use the Windows+R keyboard combination.

You can use the same command to create a shortcut in your Desktop.

Bonus: How to Use Snip & Sketch

Here is a quick & easy tutorial on how to use this new tool in Windows 10.

The options to take a screenshot are the following:

  • Rectangular
  • Freeform
  • Window
  • Fullscreen

Use your mouse to make the selection as you wish…

The snip was added to the clipboard but you can edit it immediately by clicking on the notification to open the editor.

Use your creativity wisely and create the best screenshots you can.

There you have it!

Feel free to leave a comment below this tutorial to ask questions or to thank me. That will help!

The author:

Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

  • Anonymous says:

    am still not able to snip and sketch

  • Wendy says:

    Hello Young Man,
    Thanks for the tutorial, but this is why Windows (ever since Windows 10) hasn’t appealed to me. I went from Windows 7 to 10 and it has been one thing after another. Their default applications just suck so badly that some smart computer scientist (such as yourself) needs to tell grandma here how to do a simple PRNT SCRN she has done 1,000 times in the past. You and about a half dozen other tutorials in the last 30 minutes, have proven to me, that one needs to download an external 3rd party program just to replace the Windows apps… making Windows all that much bigger than needed. This is another nail in Windows coffin.

    I have spoken to my nephew about setting me up with his OS. This old dog grows tired of learning new tricks. I visited my nephew last month and found that not only does Ubuntu do this without question anyone (even someone as slow as me) can set up keyboard shortcuts. This old lady don’t need to play video games, all I need is an OS that can function well on the internet and cut, copy, and paste photos. Is that too much to ask from a big company like Microsoft?

    Again, a nice well written tutorial, I assume you don’t work for Microsoft as it was explained so clearly.

    Thank You,

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