Screen Clipping Shortcut in OneNote not working after upgrading to Windows 10/8.1

No doubt, OneNote is yet another useful component of Microsoft‘ productivity suite aka Office. Using OneNote, you can easily clip your immediate notes. For this to be worked out, you just need to press Windows Key + S combination on keyboard and the note can be clipped progressively on the screen.


Screen Clipping Shortcut in OneNote not working

This Windows + S combination to clip was working perfectly till Windows 8. But when I upgraded to Windows 8.1, then the same keyword combination brings up the search experience, so I don’t get the Screen Clipping options. In other words, Screen Clipping hot keys are not working as I upgraded to Windows 8.1, irrespective of the Office iteration I’m using.

Assign Different Hot Keys For Screen Clipping

To fix this issue, we can easily assign different hot keys to OneNote functionality using Registry Editor, since modifying system files to alter Windows + S might be risky. So, here is how to assign different hot keys to get screen clipping in Office:

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

REGEDIT Disable Show window contents while dragging In Windows 8.1

2. Navigate to the following location:



We’ve assumed that you’re using Office 2013, hence 15.0 has been mentioned. If you’re using Office 2010, replace it with 14.0. If you’re using Office 2007, replace it with 12.0.

3. In the right pane of this location, create a new DWORD using Right click -> New -> DWORD Value. Name the newly created DWORD as ScreenClippingShortcutKey, double click on the same DWORD to modify it:


4. Put the Value data equals to 41, it will set the hot keys to Windows Key + A. If you want to set any other hot key than these, please refer to this MSDN post. Make sure you don’t use those hot keys Value data which are already assigned in Windows by shortcut. Click OK after inputting desired Value data. Close the Registry Editor and reboot to get results.

Hope that helps!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.