Snipping tool is a default screen capturing tool in Windows 10. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 installation, thus, you don’t have to worry about downloading or installing it because it’s already in the system. You should be able find Snipping tool in Windows 10 using the start menu or Cortana, unless, you have manually disabled it before.
It’s not necessary have to be you who did that. It can be other software that unintentionally disabled the tool without your consent. So, if you don’t know whether it’s disabled or not and you just couldn’t find Snipping tool in your Windows 10, this guide will show you how to re-enable Snipping Tool in Windows 10. You can also use this guide to disable Snipping tool if you have a reason to disable it.
Re-enable Snipping Tool in Windows 10
If you couldn’t find Snipping Tool, which is supposed to be pre-installed and built-in in Windows 10, you can use this method to check if the Snipping Tool is disabled in your Windows 10 system, and if it was, re-enable it using Group Policy Editor. Here’s how to do it.
Note: Editing group policy in Windows 10 can cause serious issues to your system if done incorrectly. Please proceed at your own risk.
Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the start menu or Cortana. Right-click it and select Run as administrator.
Step 2: Navigate to the following directory.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Accessories.
Step 3: On the right panel and under Setting, double-click on “Do not allow Snipping Tool to run“.
Supposedly, the setting for this policy should be “Not Configured” by default. If it’s on “Enabled”, it means that Snipping Tool is not allowed to run in your system. To re-enable Snipping Tool in Windows 10, select the “Disabled” option instead.
Click on Apply then OK, and restart your PC. On your next startup, you should be able to find Snipping Tool from Windows 10 search menu or Cortana.
Snipping Tool Alternatives for Windows 10
The default Microsoft’s Windows built-in Snipping Tool is not available for download anywhere on internet. It is meant to be a part of Windows default apps. So, if nothing works to bring back the Snipping Tool in your Windows 10 PC, we recommend you to try other alternative screen-capture software.
Windows 10 screen capture shortcut key
Well, to capture the whole screen instantly, you can use the magic shortcut key in Windows 10 – Win + PrtScr keys. You can read more about this here: How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10 Without Any App. Though this is the easiest way to quickly take a screenshot, it lacks the features for further editing.
Finding snipping tool alternatives via Microsoft Store
There are a lot of screen capturing apps similar to Snipping Tool available for download in Microsoft Store. Most are free to use but some premium ones come with a price. The free ones are sufficient to do the job, if you don’t require too complicated editing.
To find apps on Microsoft Store, go to start menu and search for Microsoft Store. Open it and search whatever you want in it. In this case, you might want to search using keywords such as “screenshot”, “screen capture” or “snipping tool”. You should be able to see lots of them in the search result. Select one that you like by clicking on it and then click on the Get button to install the app.
Snagit Screen Capture
Alternatively, if you are looking for a screen capturing app with advanced capturing and editing features, we recommend Snagit. It’s not a free software but it does amazing job when it comes to taking screenshot and editing them professionally.