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3 Ways to Disable or Uninstall Snipping Tool in Windows 10 / 11

Uninstall Snipping Tool from Windows

In this guide, I’ll show you several methods to completely uninstall the Snipping Tool from your Windows computer — using Windows Apps settings, PowerShell, or the Winget command line. Additionally, if you prefer to disable the Snipping Tool rather than uninstalling it entirely, I’ll also provide a couple of methods for that.

Furthermore, I’ll guide you through disabling the Snipping Tool ‘Print Screen’ and Win + Shift + S shortcut so that you can remove Snipping Tool as the default Windows Screenshot tool and capture screenshots with another utility of your choice. So, if this is something you’re interested in learning, continue reading.

What is the Snipping Tool in Windows

Snipping Tool is the default screenshot-taking app on Windows 10 and Windows 11. It comes pre-installed on every version of Windows, since Windows Vista — allows you to capture screenshots easily. You can either press the Print Screen (PrtSc) key on the keyboard or the combination of the Windows logo key + Shift + S to take a screenshot or snip.

After capturing a screenshot, the Snipping Tool offers features to annotate or highlight the captured screenshot and save or share it. Moreover, with the Snipping Tool, you can extract text directly from your captured screenshot, allowing you to choose and copy specific text or utilize the tool to copy all text from the snip.

Uninstall or Disable the Snipping Tool in Windows

While the built-in Windows Snipping Tool serves the basic function as intended, many users prefer more advanced screen-capturing tools like Snagit, Greenshot, or PicPick. If you’re also using an alternative software for capturing screenshots you can safely uninstall the Snipping Tool. After all, how many tools do we need to take screenshots?

Alternatively, if you don’t intend to use any third-party tool for screen capture besides the built-in Snipping Tool, but encounter issues like crashes or certain functions not working properly then a quick reinstall can often resolve the problem. Below I’ll show you various methods to both fully uninstall and disable the Snipping Tool.

Method 1: Uninstall the Snipping Tool via Windows Apps

The easiest way to uninstall Snipping Tool is via Windows Apps. Whether you’re on Windows 11 or 10, it only takes a few clicks to remove it.

1. On your Windows 11 PC, open Settings > Apps and then select Installed Apps.

2. In the list of installed apps, search for “snipping” Click the three dots () menu next to Snipping Tool, then choose Uninstall.

3. After clicking the Uninstall button, a confirmation window will appear saying “This app and its related info will be uninstalled.” Click the Uninstall button again to finally remove the Snipping Tool from your Windows PC.

Tip

The process for uninstalling the Snipping Tool differs slightly on Windows 10. Here’s how you can uninstall both the Snipping Tool and the Snip & Sketch on Windows 10.

  • Uninstall the Snipping Tool on Windows 10: Go to Settings > System >  Optional features > Select the Snipping Tool and click the Uninstall button > Click the Uninstall button again to finally remove the Snipping Tool from Windows 10.
  • Uninstall Snip & Sketch on Windows 10: Go to Settings > System >  Optional features > Select the Snip & Sketch and click the Uninstall button > Click the Uninstall button again to finally remove the Snip & Sketch app from Windows 10.

Method 2: Uninstall the Snipping Tool using PowerShell

Another method to uninstall the Snipping Tool from your PC is by using PowerShell. By executing a couple of commands, you can easily remove it.

1. To uninstall the Snipping Tool using PowerShell, you have to launch it with administrator privileges. You can do this by either Right-clicking the Start button and selecting Terminal (Admin), or by searching for PowerShell in the Start menu, then right-clicking on the result and selecting Run as administrator.

2. First off, run the command get-appxpackage ScreenSketch to check whether the Snipping tool is already installed.

3. Next, run the below command to uninstall the Snipping tool.

get-appxpackage ScreenSketch | remove-appxpackage

Unlike the initial method via Windows Apps, using PowerShell won’t prompt you for confirmation. To verify the Snipping Tool’s removal, run the command get-appxpackage ScreenSketch. If no details appear, the Snipping Tool has been successfully uninstalled.

Pintu Biswas

Pintu is the editor-in-chief at GeekCrave. He enjoys exploring and writing about technology. When he isn't behind a keyboard, Pintu enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and listening to music.

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