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How to Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows

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The Snipping Tool is an app included in Windows that users can use to capture screenshots. Use it to save and share news stories, movie reviews, or recipes.

Capture all or part of your PC screen, add notes, save the snip, or email it from the Snipping Tool window. You can capture any of the following types of snips:
  • Free-form snip - Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular snip - Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window snip - Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen snip - Capture the entire screen.

After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window. From there you can annotate, save, or share the snip.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Snipping Tool for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Snipping Tool.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Enable or Disable Snipping Tool using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Snipping Tool using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Snipping Tool enabled and disabled
Name:  Snipping_Tool.png
Views: 137
Size:  15.1 KB Name:  Snipping_Tool_disabled.png
Views: 138
Size:  11.7 KB






Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows
Enable or Disable Snipping Tool using Local Group Policy Editor

Note   Note
Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Tablet PC\Accessories

Name:  Snipping_Tool_gpedit-1.png
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Size:  33.0 KB

3. In the right pane of Accessories in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Do not allow Snipping Tool to run policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Snipping Tool

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Snipping Tool

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Snipping_Tool_gpedit-2.png
Views: 136
Size:  33.2 KB

7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows
Enable or Disable Snipping Tool using a REG file

Note   Note
The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\TabletPC

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\TabletPC

DisableSnippingTool DWORD

0 or delete = Enable
1 = Disable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Snipping Tool

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Snipping_Tool.reg

download


 3. To Disable Snipping Tool

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Snipping_Tool.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn