How to Enable or Disable Snipping Tool in Windows 10

The Snipping Tool is the default a screen-capture application built in Windows. Most users use this application for capturing screenshots. If you too, use it quite frequently then, it’s always desirable to assign the tool, a hotkey to open it in an instant. But if you have reasons to disable it, then this tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Snipping Tool in Windows 10/8/7 using the Group Policy or the Registry Editor.

Disable Snipping Tool in Windows 10

Using Group Policy Editor or GPEDIT

Disable Snipping Tool In Windows 10

Type ‘gpedit.msc’ in Start Search and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Next, navigate to the following setting:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Accessories.

Here, on the right-side, double-click on ‘Do not allow Snipping Tool to run’ to open its Properties and select ‘Enabled’ option to disable the Sniping Tool in Windows 10.

This GPO prevents the snipping tool from running. If you enable this policy setting, the Snipping Tool will not run. If you disable this policy setting, the Snipping Tool will run. If you do not configure this policy setting, the Snipping Tool will run.

To enable the Snipping Tool again, select Not Configured and then click Apply button.

Read: Snipping Tool Tips & Tricks.

Using Registry Editor or REGEDIT

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\ Microsoft\TabletPC


Double-click on DisableSnippingTool and change its value data from 0 to 1 to disable the Snipping Tool in Windows 10. To enable the Snipping Tool again, you may change its value back to 0.

If the TabletPC Key doesn’t exist, you will have to create it along with the DWORD (32-bit) Value DisableSnippingTool.

Hope this works for you!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.