The other day while composing how to turn on or off Fast startup in Windows 10 guide, I wanted to take a couple of snapshots of the Settings app using the built-in Snipping Tool. When I typed Snipping Tool in the Start search box, the Start menu didn’t show Snipping Tool in search results. The Start menu search didn’t help me to launch Snipping Tool even after multiple attempts and a system reboot.
Surprisingly, Snipping Tool entry was even missing from the Accessories folder (All apps > Windows Accessories) of the Start menu.
If the Snipping Tool is not appearing in the Start menu or Start menu search, you can follow the given below directions to launch Snipping Tool in Windows 10. Note that this method should also work great on earlier versions of Windows.
Method 1 of 6
Enable the Snipping Tool in Registry or Group Policy
Since we have already covered how to enable or disable the Snipping Tool, please refer to our how to enable or disable the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 guide to enable the Snipping Tool.
Method 2 of 6
Rebuild the search index
If the Start menu search is unable to search Snipping Tool, rebuilding the search index is a good idea. To rebuild the search index, please refer to our how to rebuild the search index in Windows 10 guide for step-by-step instructions.
Method 3 of 6
Run Snipping Tool from System32 folder
If rebuilding search index didn’t help, open up File Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32 (where “C” is the drive where Windows 10 is installed). Locate the entry named SnippingTool.exe and double-click on the same to launch it.
Method 4 of 6
Pin Snipping Tool to Start menu
If Snipping Tool is not appearing even after rebuilding the search index, you can consider pinning Snipping Tool shortcut to taskbar or Start menu. You can also create a shortcut of the same on the desktop.
Step 1: Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 (“C” is your system drive).
Step 2: Locate SnippingTool.exe, right-click on it, click Pin to Start to pin Snipping Tool shortcut to Start menu.
Method 5 of 6
Create Snipping Tool shortcut on desktop
Step 1: Head over to C:\Windows\System32, where “C” is your Windows 10 drive.
Step 2: Right-click on SnippingTool.exe file, click Send to, and then click Create shortcut (Desktop) to create a shortcut of Snipping Tool on desktop.
Method 6 of 6
Pin Snipping Tool to taskbar
Step 1: Follow directions in Method 3 to create Snipping Tool shortcut on desktop.
Step 2: Drag and drop the shortcut from desktop to taskbar to pin it.
Our how to create keyboard shortcut to open Snipping Tool in Windows 10 guide might also interest you.