Friday, December 9, 2022

6 Easy Solutions When Snipping Tool Is Not Working

Snipping tool is a handy Windows tool to take & edit screenshots.

Sometimes, the Snipping tool tends to run into strange issues on Windows 10 and 11.

But not to worry, I will discuss the solutions to fix the Snipping tool here. So, keep reading.

What To Do When Sniping Tool Is Not Working?

Follow the methods described below when Sniping Tool is not working on your windows 10 or 11. The steps are almost the same for both operating systems.

1) Use Keyboard Shortcut To Open Sniping Tool

If you cannot open the Snipping tool app, press the Windows + Shift + S keys and see if it is opening the Snipping tool on your system.

If the Snipping tool does not open like this, then go to the next solution.

2) Terminate Task From Task Manager

Many times, I have seen that apps start working again after you end the app’s process from Task Manager and restart it.

So, before trying any advanced step, end the task from Task Manager & restart Snipping Tool.

To do that, follow the steps given below:

  • Right-click on your Taskbar and select Task Manager. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Go to the Process tab and find Snipping Tool.
  • Right-click on it and select the End task option. Close the window.


Now, try to relaunch the Snipping tool and see if it is working. If not, run it in the background.

3) Allow Permission To Run Snipping Tool In The Background

If the the Snip tool is not working, allow it to run in the background. To do that, follow the steps given below:

  • Press Windows + I keys on your keyboard to open Settings. Or, you can click on the Windows Start button and click on the gear or Settings icon.
  • Click on Apps and select the Apps & Features option.
  • Locate the Snipping tool from the App list. Click on the Kebab menu (three dots menu) beside it.


  • Select Advanced options as shown below.


  • Expand the drop-down menu under Background apps permission. Choose Always from the list.


  • Close the window and try to launch the Snipping tool. If it still does not work, repair the app.

4) Repair Or Reset Snipping Tool

You can repair or reset the Snipping tool if it is not working after performing the above steps.

Windows provide automatic repair and reset options to repair and reset the apps.

To repair or reset the Snipping tool, follow the steps given below:

  • Enter ‘Snipping tool‘ in the Windows search option and select right-click on the top option.
  • From the menu, select App settings.
  • Go to the Reset section and select Repair or Reset option.


The Repair option will repair the app without data loss and the Reset option will reset the app, but all app data will get deleted.

  • First, you can try repairing the Snipping tool app. If t does not work after a repair, reset it.

5) Turn Off Focus Assist

Focus assist on Windows 11 filters out unnecessary notifications.

So, disable Focus Assist when you are not receiving any notification while taking screenshots with Sniping Tool.

To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Enter Focus assist in the Windows search tool and select the top option.
  • Click on the Customize your priority list option.


  • From the Apps section, click on Add an app option. Select Snipping Tool to add it to the priority list.


6) Perform An SFC Scan

Due to corrupted system files, the Snipping tool may stop working.

So, perform an SFC scan to repair Windows system files.

To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Enter cmd in the Windows search tool and right-click on Command Prompt option.
  • Select the Run as administrator option.


  • Enter the following command in the elevated Command Prompt window and hit Enter.
SFC /scannow


After the SFC scan the Snipping tool should function properly.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Here are some commonly asked questions by the users whohad trouble with the Snipping tool:

  1. Why is the Snipping Tool shortcut not working?

If you have turned off the clipboard history, then the Snipping tool will not work.

To fix this, open Windows Settings and go to system > Clipboard. From the top of the window, enable the option.

  1. Why is Snip not working on Windows 11?

The Snipping tool may not work on Windows if the installation is corrupted.

This corruption can occur due to a glitch while performing a clean installation of the OS. To fix the issue, reinstall the Snipping tool.

  1. What are the alternatives for sniping tools?

The 5 best alternatives to snipping tools are – Snagit, Screenrec, Dropir, Screenpresso, and TweakShot.

Closing Up

After performing all other steps, the Snipping tool should function properly.

For further queries, ask us in the comments section provided below. We always look forward hearing back from you.

Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.


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