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Assigning Print Screen key to Snipping Tool

  1. #1


    Michigan
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1

    Assigning Print Screen key to Snipping Tool


    I want to be able to hit the Print Screen key to bring up Snipping Tool. Is this possible?

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    You can assign shortcuts by going to the metro screen start typing "Snipping tool" when it displays, right click "Open file location"

    Right click "Snipping Tools", click "Properties" then you will see a section to set a shortcut

    Click image for larger version

    I am not sure if i would advice putting on just PrintScreen.

    You can always pin to task bar and then click

    + 5 (for example - depends what number it is pinned to on the task bar"

    ^ that is a quick way to open taskbar items.

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  3. #3


    Michigan
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    Okay, what is meant by metro screen? I do have Snipping Tool pinned to my taskbar but when I right click on it I don't get the properties. Sorry, but my brain is still thinking in terms of XP and Windows 7.
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    metro screen - i should say start screen:
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    ^^ hope that helps,

    or you can locate by copying the below line in to run - ( + R) and then pressing ok:

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    You could do it easily using AutoHotkey free Windows Scripting language.
    You can get it here: AutoHotkey

    Here's the script
    Code:
    SendMode, Input
    
    PrintScreen::
        Run, %A_WinDir%\System32\SnippingTool.exe
    return
    Note that if you are running on 64 bit Windows you need to compile as a 64 bit program. Otherwise instead of looking for SnippingTool.exe in System32 it will look in SysWow64 due to folder redirection of the 32 bit emulation. If on a 32 bit system just compile as 32 bit.

    Run it and leave it in the tray. If it works you can start with Windows by putting a shortcut to the program in your StartUp folder.

    Edit: I guess I should note this is a Desktop type program that sits in the notification tray. It took me so long to get the script to work because of the folder redirection thing. Otherwise it's a no brainer.
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  6. #6


    Michigan
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    Well, my metro-tile-whatever doesn't look like that, but I did manage to get there. But it won't let me type anything in the shortcut key field. The other option is waaay over my head. I appreciate the helpful advice but I think I'll just leave as is.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Snail View Post
    Well, my metro-tile-whatever doesn't look like that, but I did manage to get there. But it won't let me type anything in the shortcut key field. The other option is waaay over my head. I appreciate the helpful advice but I think I'll just leave as is.
    Do you have 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 8?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64

    Here's both 32 and 64 bit versions


    To start when Windows starts, just right click on either PrintScrSnipX64.exe or PrintScrSnipX86.exe depending if your OS is 64 bit or 32 bit respectively. Open your StartUp Folder (Winkey + r and type shell:startup and hit Enter key) and right click an empty space in the folder. Then click Paste Shortcut. You can use F2 to change the name of the shortcut.. for example getting rid of the word shortcut.


    Edit: if you are cautious about running exe downloads, and I don't blame you, please scan the zip and/or exe files with Malwarebytes. They'll come up clean.

    PrintScrSnip.zip
    Last edited by MilesAhead; 15 Feb 2014 at 15:12.
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