General Enable or Disable Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping in Windows 11

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The Snip & Sketch app included in Windows 11 adds a screen snipping feature that allows you to quickly capture and annotate screenshots, photos and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps.

If you like, you can use the Print Screen key to open screen snipping.

If you turn off Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping, a screenshot of your display(s) will be taken and saved to the Clipboard when you press the Print Screen key.

If you turn on Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping, screen snipping will open when you press the Print Screen key.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to use the Print Screen key to open screen snipping for your account in Windows 11.

If you have a screenshot or imaging app installed, the app could override and use the Print Screen key instead.

Based on other app settings, you might need to restart your computer to apply turning this on or off.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping using a REG file





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Keyboard on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Snip_Screen_Print_Screen_key-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) Use the Print screen button to open screen snipping for what you want on the right side under On-screen keyboard, access keys, and Print screen.

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard

PrintScreenKeyForSnippingEnabled DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Turn On Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_use_Print_Screen_button_to_open_screen_snipping.reg



3 To Turn Off Use Print Screen Key to Open Screen Snipping

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_use_Print_Screen_button_to_open_screen_snipping.reg



4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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