Enable Print Screen Shortcut for Snip & Sketch in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable the Print screen key as shortcut to open the new Snip & Sketch apps in Windows 11 to take screen shots. In most cases, the easiest way to make copy of something is to take a snapshot of your screen.

As always, you can still capture your screen using your keyboard’s PrtScn button. However, you’ll have to press the Windows logo key Shift S to open the new and modern Snip & Sketch app in Windows 11.

In stead of using three keys on your keyboard to open Snip & Sketch to take screenshots, you can enable the keyboard’s Print (PrtScr, Prt Sc, Print Screen) key to open and Snip & Sketch app and create a capture quickly, and the steps below will show you how to do that.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Snip & Sketch is a brand new app that merges the classic Snipping Tool for screen capture.

To get started with enable the Print Screen key as shortcut for Snip & Sketch, follow the steps below:

How to turn on keyboard shortcut for Snip & Sketch apps in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can use the Windows logo key Shift S to open the new and modern Snip & Sketch app in Windows 11. But why press three keys if you can only do one to do the task.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility, select Keyboard on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 accessibility keyboard

On the Keyboard settings pane, toggle the button to “Use the Print screen button to open snipping

print screen button in windows 11 turn on

Once enabled, restart your computer for the changes to apply. When you login back in, simply press the Print screen or PrtScn will open the Snip & Sketch app and allow you to capture. No need to press Windows logo key Shift S  to accomplish the same task.

windows 11 snip and sketch app

On laptops, you may have to press the FN + PRT SCN keys since laptops have small keyboard than a regular size desktop keyboard.

That’s should do it!


This post showed you how to enable a keyboard shortcut so that the Print screen can open the new Snip & Sketch app in Windows 11.

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