8

I would like to use Windows Snipping tool in a simple matter: When I start the program I want it to automaticly start a rectangular snip.

I am using Windows 8. When I used the same program in Windows 7, I could do it.

3

This was changed in Windows 8:

MSFT answered it here on channel9:

Defrag: Deprecated HW, Deleted Partition, Disabling Right Click Animation http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/The-Defrag-Show/Defrag-Deprecated-HW-Deleted-Partition-Disabling-Right-Click-Animation

13:50- Is there a way to make Snipping Tool in Win8 active on launch.

MSFT says it was changed on customers feedback.

  • 1
    Thanks that answers my question 100%! :) Now I have to download another snipping tool with this feature. – Giorgio Mar 20 '13 at 7:05
  • if you use autohotkey you can still use it with the hack I've posted – Jay Wick Apr 9 '13 at 10:40
4

I used a simple AutoHotkey script to emulate what the Windows 7 version did.

#s::
Run, "C:\windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe"
WinWaitActive, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar
{
    send ^{PrintScreen}
}
return

Note #s (Win + s) shortcut can be anything you choose. Like all AHK scripts you want running all the time, add it to the startup folder.

  • I tried this out (Win10) and it will launch the snipping tool but it starts inactive. As soon as I click the window to make it active it sends the Control+PrintScreen key combo, but that isn't the same as it was working before in Win7. I added: WinWait, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar and WinActivate, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar and seems to now work as I was looking for; I could probably remove the WinWaitActive call but I just left it in. – Jens Bodal Jan 13 '16 at 21:30
1

I wanted exactly what the OP did and the above AHK script just grabs the whole window in a screenshot. This AHK script binds win+s to start the snipping tool and automatically starts a rectangular snip on launch...

#s::
Run, "C:\windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe"
WinWait, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar
WinActivate, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar
WinWaitActive, ahk_class Microsoft-Windows-Tablet-SnipperToolbar
{
    Send !n
    Send {Down}
    Send {Down}
    Send {Enter}


}
return
0

As an alternative to the answers here, you could use the FOSS Greenshot instead and map a particular shortcut to region snipping.

0

You might be able to achieve that with Microsoft Windows Power-Toys, pressing WinKey+Shift+S, opens the snipping tool, which is more powerful the built-in Windows snipping tool.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.