How to uninstall Snipping Tool app on Windows

Yes, you can remove the screenshots tool from your computer, and in this guide, you will learn how.

Snipping Tool uninstall
Snipping Tool uninstall / Image: Mauro Huculak

On Windows 11 or 10, you will find a “Snipping Tool,” the operating system’s app to take screenshots (if you’re still on Windows 10, you will also find the “Snip & Sketch” app), and if you prefer another screenshot-taking app or don’t like the apps available with the operating system, you can uninstall them, and in this guide, I will explain how to complete this configuration. 

On all supported versions of Windows, you can use the “Windows key + Print Screen” keyboard shortcut to take screenshots of the screen, but the Snipping Tool (as well as Snip & Sketch) offers the tools to capture part or the entire screen. 

The Snipping Tool on Windows 11 is very different from the one available on Windows 10 because it combines the legacy version with many of the components of the Snip & Sketch app. However, the app for Windows 11 includes even more features, including shapes, text redaction and extraction, and the ability to screen record the desktop.

On the other hand, the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 is a basic application that the company is no longer developing, but it includes the option to take screenshots in different ways. The Snip & Sketch app also offers screenshot-taking features, including markup tools and a ruler. 

Although these apps make capturing the desktop and apps easier, you can uninstall them from the Settings app at any time if you don’t like them. 

In this guide, I will teach you the steps to remove the screenshot apps available on Windows 11 or 10.

Uninstall Snipping Tool on Windows 11

To uninstall the Snipping Toola app on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Installed apps page.

  4. Click the three dots menu button for Snipping Tool and choose the Uninstall option.

    Windows 11 uninstall Snipping Tool

  5. Click the Uninstall button again.

After you complete the steps, the tool will be uninstalled from Windows 11.

Uninstall Snipping Tool on Windows 10

To uninstall the Snipping Tool app from Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Optional features.

  4. Select the Snipping Tool and click the Uninstall button.

    Windows 10 uninstall Snipping Tool

  5. Click the Uninstall button again.

Once you complete the steps, the legacy Snipping Tool app will be removed from your device.

Uninstall Snip & Sketch on Windows 10

To uninstall the Snip & Sketch app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Optional features.

  4. Select the Snip & Sketch app and click the Uninstall button.

    Windows 10 uninstall Snip & Sketch

  5. Click the Uninstall button again.

After you complete the steps, the screenshot-taking app will be removed from the computer.

If you want to reinstall the Snipping Tool app, you can download it again from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 or 10. If you were using the Snip & Sketch app, you won’t be able to get it again from the Microsoft Store. However, you may be able to reinstall it through PowerShell (admin) running the Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.ScreenSketch_10.2008.3001.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppXManifest.xml" command.

What’s the reason you’re removing the screenshot-taking app? Let me know in the comments.

Update May 8, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].