How to replace the Snipping Tool with another screenshot app in Windows 11 – Ranjan.info

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The default screen capture app on Windows 11—Snipping Tool—has improved significantly with recent updates, making it a capable option for meeting basic screenshot needs. However, if you want to use a third-party screenshot tool with more advanced features, you can replace the Snipping Tool on Windows 11. Follow this guide to replace the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.

Why should you turn off the Snipping Tool on Windows 11?

Windows 11's Snipping Tool offers all the basic capture modes, including the ability to extract text from images. However, there are good reasons to choose the option.

For example, Snipping Tool doesn't have the option to capture scrolling screenshots like ShareX and it doesn't support multi-monitor capture like Snagit. And while the Snipping Tool can create a screen recording, it doesn't let you capture audio. This can be a dealbreaker if you want to record narration, live commentary, audio-related content, and screen recordings.

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Apart from the above, switch to third-party screen capture tools for advanced customization and image editing options.

How to replace the Snipping Tool with a third-party screenshot app like Lightshot or Greenshot

Replacing the Snipping Tool on Windows 11 with a third-party app is easier than you might think. Here's how you can learn about it.

1. Squeeze Windows key + I To open the Settings app.

2. Use the left pane to switch to simple use tab and click keyboard,

Accessibility Settings on Windows 11

3. toggle off next Use the Print Screen button to open a screen capture,

Disable Print Screen key for Snipping Tool on Windows 11

4. Next, find and click A campaign Icon on the taskbar.

5. Click gear shaped icon at the top and select Adjustment,

Open OneDrive Settings on Windows 11

6. switch to Sync and Backup Tab and turn off the toggle next to Save screenshots I capture to OneDrive,

Stop OneDrive from saving screenshots on Windows 11

7. Download and install the screenshot tool you want to use.

8. open Adjustment Or Like Menu and set up your screenshot app print screen Button to capture screenshot.

Set Print Scan Key for Greenshot on Windows 11

then press PRTSC Or FN+PRTSC To access your set screenshot app instead of the default Snipping Tool on Windows 11. Note that you will still be able to access the Snipping Tool. Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.

How to Disable or Uninstall Snipping Tool in Windows 11

By default, the Snipping Tool has a dedicated keyboard combination to use on Windows 11. But if you don't plan on using it, you can disable the Snipping Tool completely. Here are some ways you can do this.

Disable Snipping Tool on Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor

If you're running a Professional, Education, or Enterprise edition of Windows 11, you can use the Group Policy Editor to quickly disable the Snipping Tool. This way:

1. Squeeze Windows key + R To open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc box and press enter,

Open Group Policy Editor on Windows 11

2. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, use the left pane to navigate User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Accessories folder.

3. double click Don't let the snipping tool run Policy at your disposal.

Don't Allow Snipping Tool Policy on Windows

4. choose Active and then hit apply After Ok,

Disable Snipping Tool on Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor

Restart your PC for the changes to take effect. After that, when you try to open the Snipping Tool, you will see a prompt that reads – Windows can't open this program because it is prevented by software restriction policy.

Disable Snipping Tool on Windows 11 using Registry Editor

If you are comfortable tinkering with the Registry Editor, this will work to disable the Snipping Tool on Windows 11. Here are the steps to modify the registry files to disable the Snipping Tool.

1. Squeeze windows key + s To open the search menu. Type registry Editor box and press enter,

Open Registry Editor on Windows 11

2. In the address bar at the top, paste the following path and press enter,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

3. right click on Microsoft key and select New > Key, name it tablet PC,

Create new key in Registry Editor

4. right click on tablet PC key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it Disable SnippingTool,

Create new DWORD in Registry Editor

5. Double-click the newly created DWORD, type 1 In the text box, click More Ok To save your changes.

Disable Snipping Tool on Windows 11 using Registry Editor

Restart your PC to apply the changes and the Snipping Tool will be disabled.

Uninstall Snipping Tool from Windows 11

You can uninstall Snipping Tool just like any other app on Windows 11. Here are the steps.

1. Squeeze windows key + s To open the search menu. Type snipping Tool In the box, right-click on the first result and select Uninstall,

Uninstall Snipping Tool from Windows 11

2. choose Uninstall To confirm again.

Confirm to uninstall Snipping Tool from Windows 11

The Snipping Tool will be removed from your PC. Of course you can Download Snipping Tool Again from the Microsoft Store.

Upgrade your capture game

If your work involves frequent screenshot-taking and screen recording, it makes sense to replace the Snipping Tool on Windows 11 with a more feature-rich app. Luckily, the process isn't complicated at all if you follow the steps outlined above.

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