Create a keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool to open with a hotkey

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Philippe Gloaguen

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In the previous version of Windows, capturing graphics and text into the system meant pressing the Print Screen button to take a screenshot of an entire window, a partial section of the screen, or the entire screen. You'll then need to open the Paint app and paste the screenshot (Ctrl + V) to continue editing.

This was a rather complicated process and to save time, users would find and install third-party editing software. So, to avoid this lengthy procedure, Microsoft introduced the Snipping Tool application for Windows Vista and earlier versions. This tool allows you to easily capture images and text and then allows you to save them in your preferred format.

While the Snipping Tool is a really useful image capture tool for a Windows-based system, I wish it had a keyboard shortcut to get things done even faster. Unfortunately, Windows doesn't yet offer a keyboard shortcut for the Snipping Tool. But there is a way to run the Snipping Tool using a keyboard shortcut in Windows 10. Let's see how.

Solution: via the Snipping Tool properties

Step 1: Go to Home in the lower left corner of the Windows 10 desktop and type Crop tool in the search field.

Step 2: Now, right click on the result and select Open file location in the context menu.

Step 3: In the file path window, find Crop tool and right click on it. Please select Property give the menu answer.

4 phase: A Properties of the Snipping Tool dialog box, go to Shortcut language. Now go to the file Hot key and establish a shortcut to the Crop tool.

For example, create a shortcut like Ctrl+Alt+A or something similar. Press To apply and so ok to save changes and exit.

That's all. You have successfully created the hotkey for Crop tool. It is no longer necessary to go to the Home button to access the tool.

* Note: Alternatively, you can also set the file Crop tool al Application bar and then use the windows and a number key together to start the application. For example, if you are docked to the far left of the taskbar, which is next to the Start button, press Vinci +1 to start the tool.

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