I simply want to make it start taking a screenshot right after clicking its icon in the Taskbar. Unfortunatelly, now the situation is different. This how it works now:


  1. click the icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Click New. - I want to remove this step.
  3. Select the area.
  4. Save.

BUT, Here is what I want:


  1. click the icon in Taskbar.
  2. Select the area.
  3. Save.

___In other words, I want to remove one step - clicking New which is step 2 in the Bad Variant. I want to start taking a screenshot right after clicking the icon in the Taskbar.

Please, help me with the GOOD VARIANT.

  • P.S. Some years ago I found the solution for my older version of Windows (that was either Windows 7 or XP; I don't remember), but I cannot find it now.
  • P.S.S. Let me explain my scenario again: 1) click ICON 2) start choosing the area 3) The resulting snip gets opened in the same Snipping Tool (or similar soft, OK, I am tired of waiting for Microsoft's mercy). ALL IN ONE APP. I really don't want to press any buttons on keyboards, or make any other movent with my finger. I am not being arrogant; I just need to be fast at work.

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  • The snippet tool doesn't have this functionality. Windows XP didn't have a built-in snippet tool. Windows 8+ come with a different version then what came with Windows 7, functionality has changed, find another tool
    – Ramhound
    Jun 9, 2017 at 18:58
  • I remember that I used Snipping Tool right away, without clciking New. That was either XP or Windows 7; I do not remember. Anyway, I am sure there can be some solution to my question, and without installing any other soft. Jun 9, 2017 at 19:00
  • Windows XP did not come with a snipping tool, and Windows 8+ snipping tool doesn't have this feature. You can't make Software do something it wasn't written to do
    – Ramhound
    Jun 9, 2017 at 19:04
  • It was definitely not Windows 8. I preferred to skip that version because of the rumours that it broke SSDs). Jun 9, 2017 at 19:06
  • If you want quick process, press Win+Print Screen and edit the image in paint.
    – Biswapriyo
    Jun 10, 2017 at 7:15

2 Answers 2


I know this thread is old but I just got it working.

  1. Click Start and type Snipping Tool.
  2. Right click the "Snipping Tool" icon and click "Open file location".
    Note: This will open the shortcut under "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories".
  3. Right click the "Snipping Tool" icon and click on Properties.
  4. Under Target, enter this: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SnippingTool.exe /clip
  5. Click Apply. You will need admin permissions to do this.
  6. Click continue, now drag and drop the Snipping Tool icon from "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories" into your taskbar.
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    Is there a way to keep snipping tool open after taking the clip? Apr 17, 2018 at 12:44
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    Tiago Caldeira, thank you. Now the Snipping Tool opens just like I need. However, there is one critical problem now. After the take the screenshot, where are the screenshots? I cannot find them anywhere. Do they get saved in some special folder? It simply seems to me the screenshots do not get saved anywhere. After I take the screenshot there is no dialogue on where to save the image. Apr 18, 2018 at 16:33
  • The pic gets copied in clipboard. You can paste it on documents you are working on. Apr 24, 2018 at 16:35
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    My case is different. I do not need to save them. I just need to: 1) click the icon, 2) take screenshot, 3) see it instantly, and be able to draw in it. Jul 13, 2018 at 11:36
  • In other words - I would like to use just my mouse, and make as little clicks as possible. I want to click the icon, and right after clciking start choosing the area. You see, now things work in another way - you have to click the icon, and CLICK NEW, and only after this you can choose the area. I want to remove the 'New' step. Aug 12, 2018 at 0:18

If Windows 8+ don't have this functionality, one bodge solution you could use is to create a non-Windows app that will open Snipping Tool and then immediately send the Alt-N command to the Snipping Tool. Something like AutoHotKey should be able to do that.

  • I am fed up with AutoKey, because it has some bugs which make my computer games function in a wrong way. And yes, I tried exceptions and all. Jul 13, 2018 at 11:38

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