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Published on 07.31.07 by Brent Trahan

Launch the Snipping Tool and Take a Screen Shot with a Keystroke

How-to set the Snipping Tool to take a screen shot (snip) when a keystroke is pressed instead of having to open the Snipping Tool from the Start Menu.


If you frequently take screen shots you can set the Snipping Tool to open when keystrokes are selected and take a screen shot. This guide shows you how to set the Snipping Tool to open and take a screen shot when keystrokes are pressed.

Set a Keystroke for the Snipping Tool

  1. Navigate to Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then right-click Snipping Tool.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click in the Shortcut key box and type a keystroke. I recommend typing Ctrl + Alt + S as your keystrokes.


  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Now anytime you press Ctrl + Alt + S on your keyboard the Snipping Tool will run and capture a screen shot for you.

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