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Fixed - Snipping Tool Not Working on Windows 10/8/7

By Carrie Murray, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"When attempting to run the Snipping Tool in Windows 10, I got the following error:'The Snipping Tool is not working on your computer right now. Restart your computer, and then try again.'"

The Snipping Tool is a screenshot software included in Windows, light weight and useful. Recently, we have heard from those who found Snipping tool not working on Windows 7/8/10, etc. Some reported that the Snipping Tool just shows a black screen or blank screen, instead of the actual screenshot; some complained that when they click on "save as", nothing pops up; some got a message stating that "The Snipping Tool is not working on your computer right now." No matter in which cases, one thing is for sure: rebooting didn't solve the problem.

So, what happened to the Snipping Tool and how to fix The Snipping Tool not working issue?

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Snipping Tool on Windows

Why the Snipping Tool is Not Working

With Snipping Tool, you can snip any area/object on your screen by drawing a circle or a triangle around the object you want to capture. But why the Snipping Tool stop working? 

The Snipping Tool Is Not Working on Your Computer Right Now

There may be three reasons: 

  • Your default save path has been changed so the Snipping Tool can't save the screenshot properly.

  • If you get a message stating that "Snipping tool is not working properly", there may be another software having conflicts with the Snipping Tool.

  • The Snipping tool may not work properly when some related system files are damaged.

How to Fix "the Snipping Tool is not working" Issue

Run "sfc /scannow" Command

The first thing you can try is to fix Snipping Tool with "sfc /scannow" command. 

  • Press Windows logo+"R" on the keyboard together, type "cmd", then tap "Enter";

  • Type "sfc /scannow" in the command line, press "Enter";

  • Type "snippingtool.exe" to check whether the tool is fixed, press "Enter". If the tool launched successfully, make a shortcut to verify it.

Run sfc/scannow Command

Warning: Some websites may advice you to change the data in the Registry Editor, but it have to be emphasized that it can be dangerous to change the data of Registry. If you are not familiar with it, think twice and ask an expert for help.

Relaunch the Snipping Tool

If the Snipping Tool doesn't work properly, for example, Snipping Tool shortcut, eraser, or pen not working, you may kill the Snipping Tool and restart it. 

  • Press "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" on the keyboard together to show the Task Manager.

  • Find and kill the the SnippingTool.exe, then relaunch it for a try.

Find out the Conflicting Software

You may try to find if there is any software on your computer conflicting with Snipping Tool. 

  • Press Windows logo and "R" on the keyboard together, type "msconfig", then press "Enter";

  • In the System configuration window, click on "service", mark "Hide all Microsoft services" below the window, then stop the suspected services, especially relates to the newly-installed software.

System Configuration Window

Third-party Snapshot Tool for Windows

Though the Snipping Tool is light weight and simple, you may think it too simple to meet your need. Now that it's not working properly, how about trying another screenshot tool? 

FonePaw Screen Recorder is highly recommended, as it can be a more powerful snapshot tool for Windows however as easy to use as Snipping Tool. You can use hotkeys to capture your screen easily, annotate the picture as you like and export the screenshot files to multiple formats, including PNG, JPG, GIF, etc. Download it and have a try!


Step One: Open FonePaw Screen Recorder. 

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step Two: Click the third button with a camera icon on the panel, then drag your mouse to select the area to take a screenshot; otherwise it will capture full screen. 

Select Snapshot Area

Step Three: Click the screenshot button to take a snapshot. In the snapshot window, you'll find the annotation tools to add line, circle, texts, etc. to the screenshot. And you can choose to save the screenshot or pin the screenshot on computer.

Take A Snapshot on Windows

You can easily find all the screenshot files by clicking the media manager, the button at the top-right corner. Then you can share the pictures to your friends or to social media like YouTube or Facebook.

You can also go to Preference and set up hotkeys to take screenshots with FonePaw Screen Recorder.

FonePaw Screen Recorder is also a powerful screen recorder. It can easily record screen activities and webcam video with high quality. Know more details in Screen Recorder: The Top Screen Recording and Capture Program and feel free to have a try!

All the above is the four ways to fix "the Snipping Tool is not working" issue. If you find this passage help, give us a like!

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