I want to make my own hot key for Window's 10 Snip & Sketch. I have it installed on my OS and I can run it from the search menu. However, I can not find the app location of it. Anyone know where it lives?

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    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. But 1) it is hidden 2) users have no rights to browse it. To access you must change owner and set proper permissions for this folder. But it may cause some problems... if you'll do it nevertheless - save original permissions before and restore owner after.
    – Akina
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 12:12

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The Windows 10 Snip & Sketch App is a Microsoft Store (UWP) App, so it does not have a traditional ".exe" file or location that can be accessed to create a hotkey.

If you want to create a Hotkey to a UWP App (eg. Snip & Sketch), the easiest way is:

  1. Type Shell:Appsfolder in file explorer's address bar or from the Run dialogue (Win+R)

This will open the "virtual" start menu apps folder for us to work with.

  1. Locate the App (eg. Snip & Sketch), right click and select "Create shortcut." Allow the shortcut to be placed on Desktop.
  2. Right click on shortcut, enter properties and customize shortcut key.
  • Is it possible to pin Snip & Sketch to the Windows 10 start menu? It sounds like no.
    – KAE
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 17:48
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    You should be able to pin it like any App. By default it's in the Start Menu All Apps List, so you should be able to just right-click on the icon to pin to the Start Menu Tiles.
    – Gen Test
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 21:36
  • Yes, that worked. For some reason it took a long time to open up the Pin to Start option when I right clicked, like 30 s, but then it did. Thanks!
    – KAE
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 11:11

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