Snipping Tool is the default screen-capturing tool in Windows 11. With default settings, the Snipping Tool can be launched with the help of the Windows logo + Shift + S hotkey.
A significant number of Windows users are accustomed to using the Print screen or PrtSc key for capturing the screen. In fact, for this reason, most keyboards out there offer a dedicated Print screen or PrtSc key so that users can quickly capture screenshots.
In Windows 11, with default settings, the entire screen is captured when you press the Print screen key. While this is good, many users like to launch the dedicated Snipping Tool upon pressing the Print screen. For those who are new, the Snipping Tool lets you capture the screen and video record the screen (available in Windows 11).
Luckily, you do not need third-party software, remap the keyboard, or edit the Windows Registry to force Windows 11 to launch the Snipping Tool upon pressing the Print Screen or PrtSc key. A provision in Windows 11 allows users to open the Snipping Tool using the Print Screen key.
Here is how to configure Windows 11 to launch the Snipping Tool upon pressing the PrtSc or print screen key on the keyboard.
Use Print screen or PrtSc key to open Snipping Tool in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Go to Accessibility > Keyboard page.
Step 2: Here, scroll down the page to see the Use Print screen key to open the screen capture option. Turn on the option. That’s it! From now onwards, whenever you press the Print screen key on your keyboard, Windows 11 launches the Snipping Tool.
If you often use the Snipping Tool, refer to our ten useful Snipping Tool keyboard shortcuts guide to all the keyboard shortcuts available to quickly capture and edit screenshots in Windows 11.