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When I click on Properties of snipping tool in the start menu, I can assign a shortcut like Ctrl+F12 for snipping tool:

Can I also assign only the key PrintScreen as a shortcut for snipping tool?

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No answer, but a recommendation picpick.org/en –  bummi Dec 26 '12 at 13:34
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You can use AutoHotKey to make "Print Screen" key -- or another -- do almost anything you wish. –  martineau Dec 26 '12 at 13:43

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If you want print screen key to trigger a snip-like prompt, you could try using Snagit. It, by default, does what you are seeking.

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I would prefer not to install a new piece of software. –  moose Dec 26 '12 at 15:01
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@moose I'm afraid you can't change the behavior of the PrintScreen key without using 3rd party software. –  Alexey Ivanov Dec 27 '12 at 14:56
    
Do you have a Microsoft source for that? How does 3rd party software change the behavior? Does the 3rd party software have to run in background for this to work? –  moose Dec 28 '12 at 11:03
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It uses the Windows API to do this. The Windows shell, as is, doesn't support that apparently, so yes, it would have to run in the background. I think the suggestions of AutoHotKey sounds pretty lightweight. –  Zombies Dec 29 '12 at 4:20

Not without installing special software. System hot keys must be in the following format:

Ctrl + Alt + Another key

Not all keys may be used as the last key, so just experiment to find what works. Unfortunately Print Screen doesn't. I just use Ctrl-alt-p

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How is this answer different to what I already figured out? –  moose Aug 7 at 20:49

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