Windows + Shift + S is not Working in Windows 10 Fix

Windows + Shift + S shortcut is a default  Snipping Tool hotkey by OneNote. In simple words, it allows you to take screen clippings of the full computer screen or a part of it in Windows 10. But, some users have been facing an issue, where the Windows Shift S hotkey is not working for them in their Windows 10 PC. The error arises due to a conflict between the Snipping Tool and OneNote keyboard shortcuts. However, we have solutions for both Snip & Sketch and OneNote. Let’s see how.


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Note: – If you have a game controller plugged in your pc, Unplug and then replug your game controller. This fixed the issue for many users.

Method 1: By Resetting Snip & Sketch

 

Step 1: Right-click on Start menu and select Settings.

 

Start Right Click Settings

 

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on Apps.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 3: In the next window, you are directly taken to the Apps & features section.

Now, navigate to the right side of the pane, scroll down and click on Snip & Sketch.

Click on Advanced options link below it.

 

Apps & Feature Snip & Sketch Advanced Options

 

Step 4: In the next window, scroll down and go to the Reset section.

Click on the Reset button.

 

Snip & Sketch Advanced Options Reset

 

Step 5: In the pop up that appears, press the Reset button again to confirm the process.

 

Pop Up Confirm Reset

 

Once the Reset is complete, restart your PC and you should be able to use the Win + Shift +S hotkey back again to capture screenshots.

Method 2: By Enabling Clipboard History

 

Step 1: Go to the Start menu, click on it and click on the gear icon to open the Settings window.

 

Desktop Start Settings

 

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on System.

 

1 System Settings

 


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Step 3: Next, on the left side of the pane, select Clipboard.

 

Settings System Clipboard

 

Step 4: Now, go to the right side of the pane and under Clipboard history section, slide the toggle to the right to turn it on.

 

Clipboard Clipboard History Turn On

 

You should now be able to use the Windows + Shift + S hotkey to capture screenshots.

 

Method 3: By Enabling Snip & Sketch

 

Step 1: Press the Win + I shortcut keys on your keyboard to open the Settings window.

Step 2: In the Settings window, select System.

 

Settings System

 

Step 3: On the left side of the pane, click on Notifications & actions.

 

Settings System Notifications & Actions

 

Step 4: Now, go to the right side of the pane and under Notifications & actions, go to the Get notifications from these apps section.

Here, go to Snip & Sketch and check if it’s turned on. If not, then slide the toggle to the right to turn it on.

 

Notifications & Actions Snip & Sketch Turn On

 

You can now try using the Win + Shift + S key to take screen clipping.

 

 

Method 4: By Using OneNote’s System Tray Icon for Screen Clipping

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings.

 

Taskbar Right Click Taskbar Settings

 

Step 2: In the Taskbar settings window, go to the right side of the pane, scroll down and under Notification area, click Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

 

Taskbar Settings Notification Area Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar

 

Step 3: In the Select which icons appear on the taskbar, go to Send to OneNote Tool and turn the switch on.

 

Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar Send To Oennote Tool Turn On

 

Now, you should be able to use the Win + Shift + S hotkey as normal to capture screenshots.

Method 5:  Alternatively you can use PrntScrn in place of Win + Shift + S

1. Press Windows key + I to open settings.

2. Click on Ease of Access.

3. Click on Keyboard from the left menu.

4. In the right side , scroll down and locate the option Use the PrtScrn button to open screen snipping.

 

Use Prnt Scrn Snipping

Method 6: By Uninstalling Snip & Sketch and then Installing Again

 

Step 1: Press Win + I shortcut keys on your keyboard to open the Settings window.

Step 2: In the Settings window, click on Apps.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 3: Next, you reach directly to the Apps & features section.

On the right side of the pane, scroll down and select the Snip & Sketch app.

Press the Uninstall button below it.

 

Apps & Features Snip & Sketch Uninstall

 

This will remove the Snip & Sketch app from your Windows 10 system. Now, go to the Microsoft Store to download and install the app again on your system. Once re-installed, the Win + Shift + S hotkey should work fine.

 

Method 7: By Changing the OneNote Hotkey Via Regedit

 

Sometimes the issue can also be due to a glitch in the OneNote. In such cases, you can change the hotkey since OneNote does not come with any customization options for the hotkeys. Since the change will have to be done using the Registry Editor, make sure that you create a backup of the registry data first. This to ensure that if you lose any data during the process, you can recover it from the backup created.

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command.

Step 2: Type regedit in the Run command search box and press OK to open the Registry Editor window.

 

Win + R Run Command Regedit Ok

 

Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the below path:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office.0\OneNote\Options\Other

 

Now, go to the right side of the pane and right-click on an empty space. Select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new DWORD.

 

Registry Editor Navigate To Path Right Side Right Click New Dword (32 Bit Value) Min

 

Step 4: Rename the new DWORD as ScreenClippingShortcutKey.

 

Dword (32 Bit) Value Rename Screenclippingshortcutkey

 

Step 5: Double-click on ScreenClippingShortcutKey.

In the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialogue box, set the Value data field to 5A to change the clipping tool hotkey to Win + Shift + Z.

Press OK to save the changes and exit.

 

Edit Dword (32 Bit) Value Value Data 5a Ok

 

Exit Registry Editor and reboot your PC. You can now use the new hotkey to capture screenshots.

 

Method 8: By Disabling the Global Hotkey Using Regedit

 

Before you proceed to disable the Win + Shift + S hotkey on your keyboard using the Registry Editor, make sure that you create a backup of the registry data, so that, in case of any loss you can recover the lost data.

 

Step 1: Press the Win + X shortcut keys on your keyboard and select Run from the Run command.

 

Run Windows 10

 

Step 2: In the Run command window, write Regedit in the search field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor window:

 

Win + R Run Command Regedit Ok

 

Step 3: Copy and paste the below path in the Registry Editor address bar and hit Enter:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

 

Now, select the Advanced key, right-click on it and select New > String Value.

 

Registry Editor Navigate To Path Advanced Right Click New String Value

 

Step 4: Now, rename the new String Value as DisabledHotkeys.


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New String Value Disabledhotkeys

 

Step 5: Double-click on DisabledHotkeys.

In the Edit String dialogue box, go to the Value data field and set it to S.

Press OK to save the changes and exit.

 

Edit String Value Data S Ok

 

Exit Registry Editor and reboot your PC. The hotkey should be completely disabled now.

Method 9: By Performing System Restore

 

When none of the above method works, you can try restoring your system to go back to the previous state when the Win + Shift + S (Snipping tool) was working. To proceed with the system restore, here’s how to create a restore point first. Now, proceed to perform the system restore.

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Run to open the Run command.

 

Desktop Start Right Click Run

 

Step 2: In the Run command search box, type rstrui and press OK to open the System Restore window.

 

Run Command Search Rstrui Enter

 

Step 3: As the System Restore window opens, click on Next.

 

System Restore Window Next

 

Step 4: In the next screen, select a preferred Date and Time from the list and click Next.

 

System Restore Select A Restore Point Next

 

Step 5: Next, to confirm your restore point, press the Finish button.

 

System Restore Confirm Your Restore Point Finish

 

Once done, reboot your PC. The system restore process takes a while, so wait patiently till it gets over. Once you are back to the previous state, you should be able to use the OneNote snipping tool normally.

 

However, if the even the system restore process does not work, you may perform a Repair Install using a Media Creation tool. Here’s how to create a Windows Installation Media for your Windows 10 PC. Insert the tool, open it and select Upgrade Now. This will reinstall the Windows 10 freshly, while keeping all files, applications, and majority of the settings.

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18 thoughts on “Windows + Shift + S is not Working in Windows 10 Fix”

  1. I’ve never seen such a helpful page about such a simple problem, got it fixed right away aswell, thank you very much!!!!

  2. This was my fix when the shortcut keys randomly stopped working:
    Open task manager and end the task called “Screen Snipping” in background tasks.

    Hope this helps!~

  3. Very helpful. I had to get all the way to step 6 uninstall and reinstall to get this solved. Was just about to give up. Thanks.

  4. Hi I uninstalled snip and sketch, then went to the microssoft store and found the snip and sketch app but there is no download button?? i am unable to download the app from the microsoft score??
    has any one else had this issue?

  5. I came to this site because it looked like the most up to date on the issue. I didn’t try all the listed options by any means, as frustration drove me to try plugging in my ancient USB-connected optical mouse in place of my usual Logitech wireless mouse (with USB adapter). ‘Mirabile dictu’ normal Win-shift-S rectangular snip works as designed. Leaving both mice plugged in and using seems to be a viable option for the future – time will tell. I plan to inform Logitech of my findings in case a driver update is warranted.

  6. Add this too since it’s not wrote here:
    Unplug, replug your game controller. That did the trick for me.

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