Snipping Tool Shortcut Keys in Windows 10

Well, using keyboard shortcuts along with either the Snipping Tool or Snip and Sketch just makes life easier. Both Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch, which you can use in order to take screenshots of the computer screen, are already part of your Windows 10 as well. Let’s now discuss Snipping Tool Shortcut Keys in Windows 10. Let’s start

We can also take screenshots via OneNote if we have it actually. Keep in mind that these two tools might not be ideal for each and every situation.

What Actually Is The Windows Snipping Tool?

For a Windows utility that’s been around for almost 17 years, lots of folks still do not know that it exists. It is a simple, and easy to use screenshot utility. You can also use it to capture the whole window, a rectangular part of your screen, or also use the freeform tool. In order to draw around things and capture just that uniquely shaped part of the screen.

You can also take the capture and make notes or draw on it to really highlight what you want to show actually. From there, sharing it is pretty easy too. You can also copy and paste it into a document or email, or also just email it to someone directly from the Snipping Tool.

What Is Windows Snip and Sketch?

Since the Windows Snipping Tool is 17 years old, Microsoft decided to put together a similar, however, updated screen capture tool as well. Snip and Sketch came out along with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. If you guys don’t have it, you can also get Snip and Sketch from the Windows Store as well.

Windows Snipping Tools Shortcuts

Well, for these shortcuts to work, Snipping Tools must be open and be the app that has the focus as well. It can’t be open and behind anything, or the shortcuts do not work. There is no keyboard shortcut in order to open Windows Snipping Tools. We can make a keyboard shortcut to open Snipping Tools, though.

So, in the list of shortcuts below, Alt + N means to tap on the Alt key and the key at the same time. If it says Alt + T then P that means you have to tap on the Alt key and the key at the same time and then release, then click P.

Table | Snipping tool shortcut keys

Keyboard Shortcut What it Does
Alt + N or Ctrl + N  It starts a new screen capture
Alt + M  Sets the screen capture mode actuallyUse  and ↓ arrow keys to select from Free-form snip, Rectangular tool, Window snip, Full-screen snip. Then tap Enter to commit the choice.
Alt + D  Set the delay to start the capture. Use  and  arrow keys in order to select from: No delay, 1 Second, 2 Seconds, 3 Seconds, 4 Seconds, 5 Seconds. Then tap Enter in order to commit the choice.
Ctrl + S  Save the screen capture
Ctrl + C It Copies the screen capture
Ctrl + E  Edits in Paint 3D
Ctrl + P Print the screen capture
Alt + F Access File menu
Alt + F then T then E  It sends us an e-mail. Needs Outlook installed.
Alt + F then T than A  Send as an attachment in an e-mail. Needs Outlook installed.
Alt + T then P  Choose Pen tool
Alt + T then P then R  Red Pen
Alt + T then P then B  Blue Pen
Alt + T then P then L  Black Pen
Alt + T then P then P  Custom Pen
Alt + T then P then C  Customize Pen
Alt + T then H  Choose Highlighter tool
Alt + T then E  Choose Eraser tool
Alt + T then O It set Snipping Tool Options
F1 Snipping Tool Help
Esc Whenever in the middle of getting a screen capture, Esc cancels it out, through escaping.

Snip and Sketch Keyboard Shortcuts

Snip and Sketch can also be opened via a keyboard shortcut, which makes it really handy to use. You have to make note of that. Unfortunately, there are not Windows snipping tool shortcuts in order to select the delay time or type of snipping tool to use.

When we’re in a tool, such as a Highlighter tool, use the keyboard shortcut combination again in order to access the tools options. We can actually navigate via options using the arrow and Tab keys. And then use Enter in order to make selections.


Keyboard Shortcut What it Does
Shift + Windows Key + S It Opens Snip and Sketch screen capture bar actually. This only permits to take the screen capture. It does not actually open the full Snip and Sketch app for editing.
Ctrl + N or Alt + N  New screen capture
Ctrl + O or Alt + O Open a file to edit
Ctrl + P  Print screen capture
Ctrl + Z Snipping tool shortcut keys Undo edit
Ctrl + Y  Redo edit
Ctrl + T or Alt + T Toggle Touch Writing on and off. For use along with touch screens.
Ctrl + B or Alt + B  Ballpoint pen tool
Ctrl + C or Alt + I  Pencil tool
Ctrl + H or Alt + H Snipping tool shortcut keys Highlighter tool
Ctrl + E or Alt + E  Eraser tool
Ctrl + R or Alt + R  Crop tool
Ctrl + Z or Alt + Z  Zoom tool
Ctrl + S or Alt + S  Save capture
Ctrl + C or Alt + C Snipping tool shortcut keys Copy capture
Ctrl + A or Alt + A Snipping tool shortcut keys Share capture
Ctrl + M or Alt + M Snipping tool shortcut keys It opens See more menu
Esc Whenever in the middle of getting a screen capture, Esc cancels it out, through escaping.

Capture Context Menu using Snipping Tool

If you want to capture screenshots of your context menu, then start Snipping Tool, and tap on Esc. Then right-click on the desktop, file, or folder and then tap on Ctrl+PrntScr. This will let you capture the right-tap on the context menu. In Windows 7 you can also capture the start menu through this trick.

Capture parts of Windows 8 Start Screen

In Windows 8, in order to capture a part of your start screen, you have to open Snipping Tool, and click Esc. Next, tap the Win key to switch in order to Start Screen and then click Ctrl+PrntScr. Now move your mouse cursor around the desired area as well. This will let you capture a part of your Windows 8 start screen too. In order to capture the entire Start Screen, you can, of course, just tap on Win+PrntScr.

Capture part of the screen via Hotkey

In Windows 10 now, you can also capture a part of your screen with a keyboard shortcut – WinKey+Shift+S. You can also even create a desktop shortcut through the command snippingtool /clip in the Location box as well.


You are good to go. If you have any queries and issues related to this “Snipping tool shortcut keys” article then let us know in the comments section below.

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