Stop OneDrive from taking over the Print Screen key on Windows 10

Is your Print Screen Hotkey not working? Maybe OneDrive or some other program has taken it over. If you cannot set a Hotkey & you see a message, The hotkey is in use by another program, Do you want to override the existing hotkey assignment, then this post may be able to help you. Maybe you have left the PrtSc or Print Screen to take screenshots, or maybe you have assigned it to another screen capturing software like SnagIt – and you now find that another program, like say OneDrive, has hijacked this hotkey, then this is what you need to do.

If you have configured the ‘Print Screen’ hotkey for some screenshot capturing tool like SnagIt, OneDrive can hijack it. As such, you may see an error message indicating the capture hotkey is in use by another program.

PrintScreen Hotkey

To avoid such instance, you can follow any of the two methods described below.

You will need to override the hotkey assignment for OneDrive. Let’s see how to proceed with this:

  1. Manually enable Hotkey Override assignment
  2. Uncheck the ‘Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive’ option

Stop OneDrive from taking over the Print Screen key

1] Manually enable Hotkey Override

If you are using SnagIt as your default screenshot capturing tool, open its Capture Window, navigate to ‘File’ and select ‘Capture Preferences’ option.

In the ‘SnagIt Capture Preferences’ window that opens up, switch to ‘Hotkeys’ tab, just adjacent to the ‘Capture’ tab.

There, scroll down to ‘Video capture stop’ section, and look for ‘Allow Snagit to override other hotkey assignments’ option.

When seen, simply check the box marked against it and hit the ‘Ok’ button.

Now, all you have to do is assign the desired hotkey to a preset or as the global capture hotkey and exit the program.

2] Uncheck Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive option

See, if the OneDrive (cloud) icon is visible on the Taskbar.

If yes, click the icon and choose ‘More’ option (visible as three horizontal dots). If not, via the Start Search, open OneDrive settings.

When the new window opens, switch to the ‘Backup’ tab and under the ‘Screenshots’ section, check the box marked against ‘Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive’ option.

Hit the ‘OK’ button when done.

Now, repeat the same steps – however, in the end, uncheck the ‘Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive’ option.

Click the OK button.

Once you are done with the above steps as mentioned, complete the steps, open settings on your preferred screenshot tool (SnagIt, in this case) and configure the shortcut using the ‘Print Screen’ button.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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