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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 Snip & Sketch to take screenshots on Windows 10, and here's how to configure the option.

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On Windows 10, Snip & Sketch is the default app for taking screenshots of the entire screen, active window, or region of the screen.

Usually, you can open the screen snipping tool from the Start menu, or using the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut, but if you want a more direct access, it’s also possible to map the tool to the Print Screen (PrtScrn) key on the keyboard.

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

Take screenshots using Print Screen key

To open the Snip & Sketch tools to take screenshots, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Ease of Access.

  3. Click on Keyboard.

  4. Under the “Print Screen shortcut” section, 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 complete 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 PrtScrn key on the keyboard to bring up the tool to take a snip or full screen capture of anything that you’re running in the desktop.