In the built in Windows Snipping Tool, if you want to capture context menus that disappear when you move the mouse off of them, you can start a new snip, then press ESC, then expand your context menu, then press Ctrl-PrtScn to trigger a snip of your screen.

In Windows 10 when I open the Snipping Tool I am being reminded that I should use Snip & Sketch instead. But how do you capture the context menus in Snip & Sketch? (ESC then Ctrl-PrtScn does not work.)


First, you can tell Snip & Sketch to take a snip in 3 or 10 seconds in the New menu. You click the down-arrow at the end of the New button and choose the option you want.

Second, you can tell the Print Screen key on your computer to open Snip & Sketch by opening Settings in Snip & Sketch, clicking Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping. This opens the Keyboard Settings app. Scroll down a bit and enable Print Screen shortcut.

For more granular controls, you will need to use a third-party application such as Greenshot or ShareX (my preferred screen shot utility).

  • My version of Snip & Sketch doesn't have the drop down for the delay (perhaps my company hasn't rolled out the latest update yet), but the Print Screen option works well. (Which I setup through the Ease of Access Windows setting.) Thx. – TTT Mar 4 at 23:57
  • Snip & Sketch was only first released with the most recent build of Windows 10, 1809. I'm not aware of any updates to the app yet. – music2myear Mar 5 at 0:18
  • Hmmm. My Snip & Sketch version is 10.1806.2112.0. – TTT Mar 5 at 16:43
  • Are you running Insider Preview perhaps? – music2myear Mar 5 at 18:51
  • My Windows version is 1809. (And not insider preview.) I found this link stating you need 10.1807 to have delay in Snip & Sketch: reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/9kwqrt/… – TTT Mar 5 at 19:58

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