Want to take a screenshot but nothing happens after pressing the Windows logo key + Shift + S shortcut? This can be very annoying. But don’t worry. In this post, we’ll show you how to fix the Windows + Shift + S not working issue on Windows 11 or Windows 10 easily and quickly.

Before you get started, you should know that on Windows 11, the Snip & Sketch tool is called as Snipping Tool. This guide will walk you through the steps on how to fix your issue on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Try these fixes

You don’t have to try all of them, just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Enable notifications
  2. Turn on clipboard history
  3. Reset Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch
  4. Reinstall Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch
  5. Check for Windows updates
  6. Use an alternative to take screenshots

Fix 1: Enable notifications

Normally, when you take a screenshot by hitting the Windows logo key + Shift + S, a notification that says Snip saved to the clipboard appears in the lower right corner of your screen. However, if you’ve turned off notifications for the snipping tool on Windows 11 or Snip & Sketch on Windows 10, you’ll have to turn them on again. Here’s how to do it:

Windows 11

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select System from the left panel. Then click Notifications.

  3. Under the Notifications from apps and other senders section, make sure the Snipping Tool is On.

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + I simultaneously to open Windows Settings, then select System.
  2. In the left panel, select Notifications & actions. Under Get notifications from these senders, locate Snip & Sketch and make sure it is set to On.

If you’ve enabled notifications and it still doesn’t work properly, check out the next fix.

Fix 2: Turn on clipboard history

The screenshot you captured will be automatically copied to your clipboard. To view the screenshot, you can turn on the clipboard history. Here’s how:

Windows 11

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select System. Then on the right side, scroll down until you find Clipboard. Click on it.

  3. Turn on the Clipboard history switch.

    turn on Clipboard history

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + I simultaneously to open Windows Settings, then select System.
  2. In the left panel, select Clipboard, then turn on Clipboard history.

Now press the Windows logo key + Shift + S to take a screenshot and check if the screenshot appears on the clipboard by hitting the Windows logo key + V.

Fix 3: Reset Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch

The Windows logo key + Shift + S allows you to take a screenshot without starting Snip & Sketch. But if this keyboard shortcut isn’t working right, you can try resetting the Snipping Tool on Windows 11 Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch on Windows 10.

Windows 11

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select Apps from the left pane. Then click Installed apps from the right side.

    Windows 11 reset the Snipping Tool
  3. Scroll down the list of apps to locate the Snipping Tool. Or you can type snipping tool in the search bar to quickly locate it. Once you find it, click on the three vertical dots next to it and select Advanced options.

    Windows 11 reset the Snipping Tool
  4. Now, scroll down and click on the Reset button.

    Windows 11 reset the Snipping Tool

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + I simultaneously to open Windows Settings, then select Apps.
  2. Under Apps & features, scroll down the page and click Snip & Sketch. Then select Advanced options.
  3. Click Reset.
  4. When prompted to confirm your action, click Reset again.

Once the process is finished, restart your computer and check if the Windows logo key + Shift + S hotkey works properly. If not, take a look at the next fix.

Fix 4: Reinstall Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch

If resetting it doesn’t help, try reinstalling this app. To do so:

Windows 11

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select Apps from the left pane. Then click Installed apps from the right side.

    Windows 11 reset the Snipping Tool
  3. Scroll down the list of apps to locate the Snipping Tool. Or you can type snipping tool in the search bar to quickly locate it. Once you find it, click on the three vertical dots next to it and select Advanced options.

    Windows 11 reset the Snipping Tool
  4. Now, scroll down and click on the Uninstall button.

  5. After uninstalling the Snipping Tool, go to Microsoft Store to download and reinstall the app again on your system.

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key to open the Start menu. Then right-click Snip & Sketch and select Uninstall.
  2. In the pop-up window, click Uninstall again.
  3. After uninstalling Snip & Sketch, go to Microsoft Store to download and reinstall the app again on your system.

Once you’ve reinstalled the app, press the Window logo key + Shift + S to see if it works properly. If not, check out the next fix.

Fix 5: Check for Windows updates

Windows updates often contain bug fixes and security improvements. To ensure the snipping tool works properly, you should install the latest updates on your system. Here’s how to do it:

Windows 11

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select Windows Update from the left panel. Then click on the Check for updates button from the right side.

    Windows 11 check for Windows updates

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Then select Update & Security.
  2. Under Windows Update, click Check for updates. Windows will automatically scan for, download and install the available updates.

After installing all available updates, restart your computer and check if the Windows logo key + Shift + S shortcut works fine.

If this keyboard shortcut is still not working, consider using an alternative to take screenshots.

Fix 6: Use an alternative to take screenshots

If all the above methods fail to solve your problem, you can try either of the following ways to take screenshots.

Option 1 – Print Screen shortcut on Windows 10

The Print Screen or PrtScn key on Windows 10 allows you to capture an image of your entire screen. To use this button, you need to enable it in settings. Here’s how:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Then select Ease of Access.
  2. In the left panel, select Keyboard. Under Print Screen shortcut, toggle the switch to On.

Now you can use the PrtScn key to open screen snipping.

If your keyboard’s PrntScrn key has two jobs then you may need to press the Fn key + PrtScn at the same time to capture an image.

Option 2 – Snagit (Windows 11 or Windows 10)

Snagit is a simple and powerful screen capture and recording software. With Snagit, you can quickly take screenshots, add additional context, and share images, GIFs, or videos across your preferred platforms.

To take a screenshot with Snagit:

  1. Download and install Snagit.
  2. Open Snagit. Then select Image, click the Shortcut field, and press the desired key combination on your keyboard. The new keyboard shortcut will appear in the field.
  3. Press the new shortcut you set in Step 2. The screen will be grayed out allowing you to select the screen area for capture by dragging the orange crosshairs.
  4. Once taken, the screenshot will open up in the Snagit Editor. From there, you can edit the image, such as cropping the image, blurring particular areas, and adding arrows, shapes, icons or text. Once done, you can choose to save it on your desktop, copy it to your clipboard, email it to someone or share it online.
You can get a free trial for 15 days and click here for the detailed tutorial.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, this post helped you solve the snipping tool shortcut (Windows + Shift + S) not working issue. If you have further questions or suggestions, feel free to drop us a line.

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