Windows OS desktops and laptops come with a default screenshot tool called Snipping Tool (Snip and Sketch on Windows 10). The tool is more than handy to capture the important things on your screen. Like other productivity tools, it has some keyboard shortcuts which you can access to grab screenshot quickly and easily. You can also create a shortcut to open Snipping Tool on Windows PC. Shortcuts are nothing but a unique key combination to execute the specified command. If you’re a frequent Snipping Tool user, you must know about the keyboard shortcut keys. It increases your productivity by invoking commands with a few keystrokes.

Without any delay, have a quick look at some of the popular Windows Snipping Tool shortcuts which serve you to eliminate the additional steps that may involve using the mouse or selecting extra menus.

Assign a Shortcut Key to Open Snipping Tool

By default, there is no shortcut key to launch the snipping tool on Windows 7, 8 10. But, you can assign a shortcut key for the tool with ease. To do this, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Press the Windows logo key on the keyboard and type as Snipping Tool.

Step 2: Right-click the Snipping Tool app and select Open file location.

Shortcut for Snipping Tool

Step 3: Now, right-click on the Snipping Tool .exe file and select Properties.

Shortcut for Snipping Tool

Step 4: Assign a key (except Print Screen key) to open Snipping Tool and press OK.

Note: Here, we have selected CTRL + ALT + W.

Shortcut for Snipping Tool

Step 5: Click Continue to grant permission.

Click Continue

Step 6: Now, you can launch the Snipping Tool any time by simply pressing the key that you assigned.

Snipping Tool Keyboard Shortcuts

While accessing the Snipping Tool, you can use various common shortcuts to take the snapshots.

ALT + MTo select a snipping mode
ALT + N or CTRL NTo take a new snip in the same mode
Shift + Arrow KeysTo move the cursor while using rectangular snip mode
ALT + DTo delay the screenshots
CTRL + CTo copy the screenshot
CTRL + PTo paste the screenshot
CTRL + STo save the screenshot
ESCTo cancel the screenshot taking process

Shortcuts for Snipping Tool Menu Bar

The following Snipping Tool Windows 10 shortcut are very helpful after taking the screenshots.

ALT + F + NTo take a new snip
ALT + F + ATo save the screenshot
ALT + F + TTo send the screenshot via email
ALT + F + PTo print the screenshot
ALT + E + CTo copy the screenshot
ALT + E + ETo edit screenshot in Paint 3D app
ALT + T + PTo open pen
ALT + T + HTo open highlighter
ALT + T + ETo open eraser
ALT + T + OTo open options panel
ALT + H + HTo visit online forum
ALT + H + ATo read information about the Snipping Tool

More Shortcuts with Snip and Sketch

You may already know Snip and Sketch is the advanced version of the Snipping Tool on Windows 10 laptops and desktops. Unlike the Snipping Tool, it has a default shortcut key combination (Windows logo + Shift + S) to open. Here are some of the shortcuts that you can use on Snip and Sketch.

ALT + NTo take a new snip
ALT + TTo select/deselect touch writing
ALT + BTo open pen (use Tab and arrow keys to select and change the thickness of pen)
ALT + ITo open pencil (use Tab and arrow keys to select and change the thickness of the pencil)
ALT + HTo open highlighter (use Tab and arrow keys to select and change the thickness of highlighter)
ALT + RTo crop the screenshots (use Tab to switch corners)
ALT + ZTo adjust the zoom level
ALT + ATo share the screenshot
ALT + MTo display the menu options

While using the Snipping Tool, it is always good to have a mouse for more accuracy and efficiency. However, these shortcuts will let you do the same with ease. These shortcuts are tested individually by our editorial team, and they will work on all types of Windows versions. In case, if we have missed anyone off the shortcut, you can mention it in the comments section.