How to Enable or Disable Automatically Save Screenshots in the Snipping Tool



The article provides a step-by-step guide to enable or disable the auto-save screenshots function in the Snipping Tools app on Windows 11. Screenshots, by default, are automatically saved in PNG format in a specified folder and can be managed in the app’s Settings page. Changes are applied immediately after exiting.

This article describes steps to turn on or off automatically save screenshots with Snipping Tools in Windows 11.

Starting with the most recent Snipping Tools, you can enable or disable automatically saving screenshots. In addition to being copied to the clipboard, they’ll now be automatically saved in PNG format in the Screenshots folder under Picture in your home folder.

This feature is enabled by default. However, if you don’t want to save screenshots automatically, you can disable them, and the steps below show you how to do that.

How to disable or enable auto-saving screenshots with the Snipping Tool in Windows

As described above, starting with the most recent version of Snipping Tools, you can now enable or disable automatically saving screenshots.

This feature is enabled by default but can easily be disabled on the app’s settings page.

Below is how to do that.

Because Snipping Tool is not a native Win32 app but a Store app that receives updates separately from the OS, you can’t change its settings with the group policy of Windows Registry.

To disable or enable it, open the Snipping Tool app. You can do that from the Start menu and search for Snipping Tool.

Under Best match, select the Snipping Tool app to launch.

Once the app opens, click on the menu’s three horizontal dots (ellipses) and select Settings.

On the Settings page, find the Automatically save screenshots option, then toggle the switch button to On or Off to enable or disable it as you like.

Exit and your changes should be applied immediately.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to automatically enable or disable the Snipping Tool to save snapshots in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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