Apps Change Snipping Tool Theme in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change the Snipping Tool app theme to light mode, dark mode, or use system setting for your account in Windows 11.
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The Snipping Tool app includes a built-in screen recorder and allows you to quickly take and annotate screenshots, photos and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps.

You can select to use a light, dark, or system setting app theme for the Snipping Tool app.



Here's How:

1 Open the Snipping Tool app. (see screenshot below)

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2 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Under Appearance, click/tap on App theme to expand it open. (see screenshots below)

4 Under App theme, select (dot) Light, Dark, or Use system setting (default) for what you want.

5 You will see your theme change applied the next time you open the Snipping Tool app.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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Thank you - somehow I opted to change the default snipping tool setting from rectangular to free form - I cannot now see how to change the default back to rectangular - please advise - thank you.
 

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Thank you - somehow I opted to change the default snipping tool setting from rectangular to free form - I cannot now see how to change the default back to rectangular - please advise - thank you.

Hello Andrew, :alien:

That would be normal when you use the keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot with the Snipping Tool.

You'll need to open the Snipping Tool app itself from Start to see the full window.
 

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Thanks, it is not critical but either I have not explained it correctly as I do not understand the answer, but will look again another time.
 

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Thanks, it is not critical but either I have not explained it correctly as I do not understand the answer, but will look again another time.
Sorry. It looks like I misunderstood.

I'm not aware of a way to select which option is default. It appear to use the last used option by default.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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Thanks for trying - I recall once getting an option to choose - but it is stuck on that and I cannot see how to unchoose that option - but it is a very little issue
 

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    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Installed RAM 8.00 GB (7.90 GB usable)
    Device ID D1C9D8EB-95E8-4256-B431-9613F5E28A00
    Product ID 00330-52571-93699-AAOEM
    System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
    Pen and touch No pen or touch input is available for this display
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Thanks for trying - I recall once getting an option to choose - but it is stuck on that and I cannot see how to unchoose that option - but it is a very little issue

Are you not able to select a different screenshot mode on the Screen Snipping bar in your screenshot?
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Yes I can select each of the options - hence it is or was a very little issue - I am sorry to have raised it - thank you.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Lenovo
    Other Info
    Device name DESKTOP-91AVJSJ
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Installed RAM 8.00 GB (7.90 GB usable)
    Device ID D1C9D8EB-95E8-4256-B431-9613F5E28A00
    Product ID 00330-52571-93699-AAOEM
    System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
    Pen and touch No pen or touch input is available for this display
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Surface 2 go home model
Yes I can select each of the options - hence it is or was a very little issue - I am sorry to have raised it - thank you.

It's no bother at all. It would be nice to have a default setting for it though.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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