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2 Ways to Disable or Enable Snipping Tool in Windows 10

The Snipping Tool is a screen-capture tool built in Windows, which users can use to take screenshots and then edit them.  If you rarely or never use Snipping Tool or if you prefer to use a third-party capture-screen program, you might want to disable the Snipping Tool. In this post I will show you how to disable or enable Snipping tool in Windows 10. Two ways are available.


Way 1: Disable or enable Snipping Tool with Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10.

Step 2: In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Tablet PC -> Accessories. With the Accessories selected, look for the policy setting named "Do not allow Snipping Tool to run". This policy is not configured by default. Double click it to configure it.

Do not allow snipping tool to run

Step 3: Select the Enabled radio button, and click Apply followed by OK. This will disable the Snipping Tool.

Select Enabled

That’s it. The policy changes will take effect immediately. When you try to run Snipping tool in Windows 10, you will get the "Error" dialog that says, "Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a software restriction policy", as show below.

error message

If you want to enable Snipping Tool, you just need to disable or do not configure the "Do not allow Snipping Tool to run" policy.

Way 2: Disable or enable Snipping Tool with Registry Editor

Group Policy Editor may not be used in the Home edition of Windows 10. Hence, Windows 10 Home users have to disable or enable Snipping Tool with Registry Editor. Here are steps.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor in Windows 10.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\TabletPC.

TabletPC key

Tips: If the "TabletPC" key doesn’t exist, you need to create it. Right click the "Microsoft" key, select New -> key, and then name the new key as "TabletPC".

Step 3: Under the "TabletPC" key, look for the value named "DisableSnippingTool", double click it, and set its value data to 1.

set value data to 1

Tips: If the DisableSnippingTool value doesn’t exist under the TabletPC key, create it. Right click on the blank space on the right-side panel, select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value, and then name the new value as DisableSnippingTool.

create new value

That’s it. The Snipping Tool is disabled. From now on, when you try to open Snipping Tool, you will get the "Error" dialog. If the Snipping Tool still can run, you need to restart Windows 10 for the registration changes to take effect.

If you want to enable the Snipping Tool, you just need to set the "DisableSnippingTool" value data to 0, or simply delete the "DisableSnippingTool" value.