What to do if you can’t find Windows 10 Snipping Tool

If so, that might be why the search tool doesn’t find the Snipping Tool. Rebuilding the search index will then be a probable resolution.

2. Open the Snipping Tool with Run

However, you don’t always have to search for the Snipping Tool to open it. There are various ways that you can open the Snipping Tool.

For example, you can open it with Run. Press the Windows key + R hotkey to open Run, enter snippingtool in the text box and then press the OK button.

3. Add a Snipping Tool shortcut to the Windows 10 desktop

  1. First, right-click the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
  2. Then enter in the text box shown directly below.
    • C:\WindowsSystem32SnippingTool.exe
  3. Press the Next button.
  4. Press the Finish button to add the shortcut to desktop.
  5. Thereafter, you can add the Snipping Tool shortcut to the Start menu or taskbar. To add it to Start menu, right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Start.
  6. To add the shortcut the taskbar, you can right-click it and select Pin to taskbar.

Alternatively, you can add a Snipping Tool shortcut to the Windows desktop. Then you can open the Snipping Tool with its desktop shortcut instead.

4. Open the Snipping Tool From its System32 Folder

  1. Press the File Explorer button on the Windows 10 taskbar
  2. Open this folder in File Explorer:
  3. C:/Windows/System32
  4. Click Snipping Tool in the System32 folder to open it from there.

5. Enable the Snipping Tool in the Group Policy Editor

  1. Press the Windows key + X hotkey.
  2. Then select to open the Run accessory from the Win + X menu.
  3. Enter Gpedit.msc in Run’s Open text box, and press the OK button.
  4. Then click User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Accessories on the left of the Group Policy Editor window.
  5. You’ll see a Do not allow Snipping Tool to run option on the right of the window. Select the Do not allow Snipping Tool to run option to open its window.
  6. Then click Disabled if Enabled is currently selected.
  7. Press the Apply and OK buttons to confirm the new setting.

Note that the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise includes a Do not allow Snipping Tool to run option. As such, the Snipping Tool doesn’t run with that option selected. This is how you can check if that option is configured to enabled in Win 10 Pro and Enterprise.

Who needs the Snipping Tool?

Remember that there are plenty of third-party software alternatives to the Snipping Tool, such as Share X, Greenshot, Lightshot and Screenshot Captor.

Some of those third-party screen capture tools also include more options for capturing and annotating screenshots than the Snipping Tool. This software guide provides further details for some of the best Windows 10 screen capture utilities.

Snipaste is one alternative to the Snipping Tool that’s worth noting. That’s a freeware screen capture tool which automatically captures UI elements on software windows.

Snipaste users can select Line strip, Marker pen, Pencil, Arrow and Text annotation options on its toolbar.

Snipaste also includes plenty of customization options and hotkeys that you can utilize the software with. You can add that program to Windows 10/8/7 by pressing the 32-bit or 64-bit button on this webpage.

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