How to Turn On or Off the Print Screen Function with Snipping Tool Compatibility on Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to configure the print screen key to open screen Snipping in Windows 11 using the System Settings panel. Windows 11 replaces the previous Snip & Sketch app with a new Snipping Tool, which some users might find inconvenient because it requires pressing many keys. By adjusting system settings,…

This article describes steps to enable or disable the print screen key (PrtScr, Prt Sc, Print Screen) with Snipping Tool support in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a new Snipping Tool app which replaces the classic Snip & Sketch app in previous versions for taking screenshots. The classic Snip & Sketch and the new Snipping Tool apps can be launched using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S.

Although this might not be a problem for most people, for some, it’s just too many keys one has to press to take screenshots.

Windows 11 can be configured to allow your keyboard’s print screen key  (PrtScr, Prt Sc, Print Screen) to open screen Snipping.

Below is how to use the print screen key for screen snipping in Windows 11.

How to turn on or off the print screen key button for screen snipping in Windows 11

As mentioned above, both the classic Snip & Sketch and the new Snipping Tool apps can be launched using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S.

You can configure Windows so that your keyboard’s dedicated print screen key can be used for screen snipping.

Below is how to turn on or off the print screen key to take screenshots using the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. As a result, everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows 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 new settings button
Windows 11 new settings button

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 the Windows Settings app, click Accessibility on the left.

windows 11 accessibility tile
Windows 11 accessibility tile

On the right, click on the Keyboard tile to expand.

windows 11 accessibility keyboard tile
Windows 11 accessibility keyboard tile

On the System -> Accessibility -> Keyboard settings pane, locate the tile that says “Use the Print Screen button to open screen snipping.”

Toggle the button to the On position to enable. To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

windows 11 keyboard use the print screen button to open screen snipping
Windows 11 keyboard uses the print screen button to open the screen Snipping.

That should do it!

After the changes above, press the Print Screen button instead of the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the print screen button to take screenshots with Snipping Tool in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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