How to Disable Snipping Tool on Windows 11

Snipping Tool

Three quick and easy ways of to disable Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 PC.

The Snipping Tool has been on Windows for a very long time as the default application to take screenshots. You can summon the Snipping Tool window by pressing the keyboard shortcut and easily taking a screenshot. It has five different modes like Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, and more.

If you do not like the interface or the functionality of the Snipping tool or you use a third-part screenshot capture application that you like, you can easily disable or uninstall the snipping tool from your Windows 11 PC. Follow the guide to know about multiple methods of disabling the Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 computer.

Uninstall Snipping Tool

If you do not use the Snipping Tool at all and do not want it in your system, you can simply uninstall the app. First, type ‘Sinpping Tool’ in the Start Menu search. Right Click on it from the search results and then select ‘Uninstall’.

A dialog box will appear saying ‘This app and its related info will be uninstalled’. Click on ‘Uninstall’.

The Snipping Tool will now be removed from your computer. If you wish to get it back in the future, you can simply go to the Microsoft Store and download it from there.


Disable Snipping Tool Using the Registry Editor

To disable the Snipping Tool using the Registry Editor, first press Windows+r on your keyboard. This will open up the Run window. On the Run window, type ‘regedit’ inside the command line and press Enter on your keyboard to launch the Registry Editor.

On the Registry Editor window, copy and paste the following text inside the address bar and press Enter. It will take you to the directory where you need to create a new key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

Now, in the dropdown list below the ‘Microsoft’ folder, check if there is a key called ‘TabletPC’. If it is there, then select it. Otherwise, right-click on ‘Microsoft’ and select ‘New’. After selecting New, select ‘Key’.

Name the new key to ‘TabletPC’ and press Enter on your keyboard.

Now, select the newly created ‘TabletPC’ key from the left panel and then on the right panel, right-click on the blank space, select ‘New’, and lastly select ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’.

Rename the newly created value to ‘DisableSnippingTool’ and press Enter to save.

Double-click on the DisableSnippingTool value and a dialog box called ‘Edit DWORD(32-bit) Value’ will appear. Inside that dialog box, set the ‘Value data’ to 1 and click on ‘OK’.

Now just restart your computer and the Snipping Tool will be disabled. You can simply undo this change by deleting the DisableSnippingTool value and restarting your computer a second time.


Disable Snipping Tool Using Group Policy Editor

The Group Policy Editor is simply a set of administrative tools that contains settings for numerous services and programs. You can disable the Snipping Tool using the Group Policy Editor.

Start by opening the Run window by pressing Windows+r on your keyboard. Once the Run window comes up, type ‘gpedit.msc’ inside the command line and click on ‘OK’.

Once the group policy opens up, from the left panel, navigate to the folder exactly in the mentioned order. First, select the ‘User Configuration’.

After that, select ‘Administrative Templates’.

Follow up by selecting ‘Windows Components’.

After selecting Windows Components, select ‘Tablet PC’.

Lastly, select the ‘Accessories’ folder and in the right panel you will see the last policy is called ‘Do not allow Snipping Tool to run’.

Double-click on the ‘Do not allow Snipping Tool to run’ policy and after the new window appears, select ‘Enabled’ toggle and click on ‘OK’.


These are the methods you can use to disable the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.