Tip of the week # 603
1 May 2020

Set the Print Screen key to open screen snipping (Windows 10) *

Do any of you still use the Print Screen key to capture your full screen on the clipboard or have most of you fallen in love with the Snipping Tool? Well, did you know that you can opt to have your PrtScn key open the new Snip & Sketch app of Windows 10?

Here's how:

  1. Press the WIN key (the one with the Windows logo) and type Prt.
  2. Make sure Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping is selected and press ENTER.
  3. Click on the button under Print Screen shortcut.

(For those of you who prefer to click - I don't - open Settings, click on Ease of Access and click on Keyboard.)

Next time you press the PrtScn button you can immediately drag the cursor around the area you want to capture. As the snip is automatically copied to the Clipboard you can paste it in any of your favourite programs without first having to copy it. Alternatively, you can edit, save or share it in the Snip & Sketch app.

Related tips

  1. Give the Snipping Tool its own keyboard shortcut - tip_410.php
  2. Capture, edit, save and share snippets of your screen - tip_386.php
  3. Quickly find and open your files or programs - wherever they are - tip_327.php
  4. Taking a snapshot of your screen - tip_31.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.