FIX : Snipping Tool Not Working in Windows 10

Many users have reported that when they are using the Snipping Tool application, they see an error message that says-

Snipping Tool is not working your computer right now. Restart your computer, then try again. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator.

Possible reasons to see this error are :

  • Corrupt System Files
  • Virus / Malware in the System
  • The Default Save location has been changed. This is likely to happen when some other application used for taking screenshots is installed
  • Some other Third-party application is causing the issue

Firstly, try if the issue resolves with the below general fixes:

  • Restart the Computer
  • Run a Full Scan of the System

In case you are still seeing the same error, don’t worry. In this article, we have segregated some more fixes that might help you fix the issue.

Fix 1: Run the SFC Scan

Step 1: Open Run Dialog with Windows logo key and together.

Step 2: Enter cmd and press the buttons Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the Command Prompt with Admin Rights






Step 3: In the User Access control window that shows up asking for permissions, click on Yes.

Step 4: In the command prompt window that opens, just type the below command and hit Enter

sfc /scannow



Sfc Scannow



Please note that the scan takes some time to complete. Please wait patiently.

Step 5: After the scan finishes, the corrupted files will be repaired.

Step 6: Restart the Computer

Fix 2: Check if any other Application is causing the issue

Step 1: Open the Run Command. Press the keys Windows+R.

Step 2: Type msconfig and hit Enter



Msconfig Run Dialog



Step 3: Go to the Services tab

Step 4: Tick on the Hide all Microsoft services option

Step 5: Untick the service from the list that you suspect is causing the issue.



Disable Microsft And Extra Services Min




Step 5: Click on Apply  and then click on OK

Fix 3: Relaunch the Snipping Tool

Step 1: Right-click anywhere in an empty area of the Taskbar

Step 2: Choose Task Manager from the context menu.



Taskbar Right Click Task Manager



Step 3: In the appearing window, locate the Snipping tool application.

Step 4: Right-click on the snipping tool and choose End Task



End Task



Step 5: Open the Snipping Tool application again

Check if it starts working now.


That’s All

We hope this article has been informative. Thank you for Reading.

If possible, kindly comment and let us know which of the above fixes helped in your case.