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How to set Print Screen key to screenshot with Snip & Sketch on Windows 10

You can use the Print Screen key to open the screen snipping tools to take screenshots on Windows 10, and here's how to configure the option.

Screen Sketch PrtScn button enabled on Windows 10 version 1809

On Windows 10, starting with version 1809 (October 2018 Update), the Snip & Sketch app has been repurposed to become the new default experience to take screenshots.

Although, you can simply open Snip & Sketch, or use the Screen snip button in Action Center, to quickly take a screenshot of an app or game, it’s possible to adjust the settings to use the Print Screen button to open the screen snipping experience reducing the steps to a single click.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set the Print Screen key on your keyboard to open the screen snipping tools on Windows 10.

How to take screenshots using Print Screen key

To open the screen snipping tools to quickly, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Ease of Access.

  3. Click on Keyboard.

  4. Under “Print Screen shortcut,” turn on the Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping toggle switch.

    Use Print Screen button to open Screen Sketch snipping tools
    Use Print Screen button to open Snip & Sketch snipping tools

Once you’ve completed the steps, if you have another application currently mapped to use the Print Screen button, you may need to restart your device to apply the settings.

After the changes have been applied, you can simply press the PrtScr key on your keyboard to bring up the tools to take a clip or full screen capture of anything that you’re running in the desktop.

If you don’t see this option, it’s likely because you’re not running the version of Windows 10 that supports the feature. Snip & Sketch as the default app to take screenshots is available starting with version 1809 and later.