How To Use Print Screen Key To Open Screen Sketch In Windows 10


With Windows 10 Redstone 5, Microsoft has introduced a new tool called Screen Sketch to capture screenshots on Windows 10. The Screen Sketch tool can not only help you grab screenshots but also annotate them.

Microsoft plans to retire the old the Snipping Tool in a feature update.

By default settings, Screen Sketch can be launched either by clicking Screen Sketch tile in the Action Center or simultaneously pressing Windows logo + Shift + S keys.

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PC users who love using keyboard shortcuts might find the default Windows logo + Shift + S keys not very convenient as we need to simultaneously press three keys. Would not it be good if we could launch Screen Sketch using PrtScn or Print Screen key?

As you likely know, with default settings, when you press the Print Screen or PrtScn key on the keyboard, the screen is copied to the clipboard. The copied screen can then be pasted into Paint or any other image processing programs to save it. Since we can grab the screen with Screen Sketch, it makes sense to use the PrtScn key to open the Screen Sketch utility.

In Windows 10 Redstone 5, Windows 10 offers an option to configure the Print Screen or PrtScn to start the new Screen Sketch tool. By doing so, you can not only launch Screen Sketch quickly but also give one of your fingers well deserved rest!

Open Screen Sketch with Print Screen in Windows 10

Complete the given below directions to configure the Print Screen to open Screen Sketch in Windows 10.

Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Step 2: Under the Print Screen shortcut section, turn on Use the PrtScn button to open screen snippingoption to make Windows 10 open Screen Sketch when you press the PrtScn key.

use print screen key to open Screen Sketch in Windows 10

If you cannot find Use PrtScn button to open screen snipping option, you are likely running Redstone 4 (version 1803) of Windows 10.

Tip: If pressing Print Screen key doesn’t open Screen Sketch, it’s likely because a third-party tool is using Print Screen key. Change the third-party screen capturing tool’s settings to stop it from using Print Screen key.

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Dylan Austin


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