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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
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
@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
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 '14 at 20:49
  • First I used this AutoHotkey script to capture the PrtScr key and emulate a Win+PrtScr keypress, which then runs Snipping Tool for you:

    SendMode, Input
      Send, {LWin Down}{PrintScreen}{LWin Up}

    Put a link to the script in the Start Menu/Startup folder to launch it at every startup.

  • But then I got tired of not being able to customize where the files were being saved. So I abandonded Snipping Tool and installed Greenshot instead (2.5Mb), which can be customized a bit more. Greenshot is free as opposed to SnagIt mentioned in another answer.
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