I'm happy with my windows 10. It looks just like windows 7, but nicer. There's just this little thing...

I like OneNote snipping tool. At the press of Windows+S it lets you pick a region on the screen and put it on your clipboard. Awesome, using that at least 10 times a day.

Since Windows 10 when I press Windows+S it starts Cortana Search. Which is probably also awesome, I just want it to occupy another shortcut - say - Windows+P or something else far away for now.

Q: Is it possible to move or disable the keyboard shortcuts of Cortana?

  • Your using the wrong shortcut. The shortcut you were using wouldn't have worked on Windows 8.1 either.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 30, 2015 at 20:10
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    Still, I am a creature of habit. I would prefer changing cortana if that's possible Jul 30, 2015 at 21:02
  • It isn't the shortcut though. So you would have to disable Cortana, change the shortcut to Cortana, AND change the shortcut in a program which doesn't have an option to change what the shortcut is. Much easier to adapt to the new realities.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 30, 2015 at 21:04
  • Changing is not an option in both? I would have expected an ugly registry hack, but if that's the case it stops Jul 30, 2015 at 21:06
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    Windows Shift S only works in OneNote 365, so this is still an issue for people using older (2010) versions of office.
    – user481813
    Aug 10, 2015 at 15:59

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OneNote was updated in Oct 2013 and changed the shortcut to following on systems running Windows 8.1 and greater.

Windows + Shift + S


Here is a crude animation showing that OneNote's screen-clip functionality still works on Windows 10 using the shortcut Windows+Shift+S. The only thing that is not shown, which I am unable to show, is the S being hightlighted on the on-screen keyboard since OneNote which is installed on my computer captures the shortcut before its displayed on the on-screen keyboard.

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  • OK considering this is the best possible alternative, I'll accept this answer. Thanks for the heads up. Jul 31, 2015 at 7:05
  • What does your comment have to do with the question?
    – Ramhound
    May 8, 2016 at 22:12
  • Windows + Shift + S does not appear to work for Windows 10 + OneNote 2010
    – Pressacco
    Jun 30, 2016 at 14:54
  • @Pressacco - That is interesting considering I just confirmed it still worked.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 30, 2016 at 14:55
  • @Pressacco - What does Outlook 2010 have to do with a OneNote 2010 shortcut? The shortcut has not been changed since Windows 8.1 was released.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 30, 2016 at 20:04

This turns off the Windows built in Win+S shortcut (removing it from Cortana), additionally a value of "SR" for instance would also disable Win+R (run).

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "DisabledHotkeys"="S"

After setting this registry key restart Windows and Win+S will work for OneNote again.

I'm not really sure why so many people who don't know the actual answer to a question still choose to chime in, it's kind of frustrating how often I end up on Stack Exchange these days only to discover that people are providing misinformation or useless conjecture.

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    Note that it has to be a String Value. Also, you don't need to restart. It's faster to log off (sign out) and log on again.
    – ADTC
    May 8, 2016 at 18:21
  • Another alternative to restarting is to open Task Manager, end OneNote and restart Windows Explorer; then, once you restart OneNote, all will be well.
    – zr00
    Apr 19, 2018 at 15:14

This worked for me:

First remove the Win+S binding from Search:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "DisabledHotkeys"="S"

Then get OneNote to bind to just Win+S again:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\OneNote\Options\Other] "ScreenClippingShortcutKey"=0x00000053

credit to: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-onenote/onenote-screen-clipping-tool-hotkeys-in-windows-10/f454aa9d-c295-478c-8496-4146c1ba5876?page=2

  • I think your second step to get OneNote to bind Win-S would be useful for those versions (2013 and above) that rebind it to Win-Shift-S? So that I can rebind it back to the better Win-S shortcut? It wasn't necessary for me as I'm on OneNote 2010 which still uses Win-S by default. I just needed to log off and on again after the first step.
    – ADTC
    May 8, 2016 at 18:23
  • What's wild is that OneNote2007's context menu from the taskbar dock claims that Win-S will work for screen clipping - I have no idea if that's actually true or not, since Win-S has been hijacked by Cortana in Windows 10 (I had to do the free upgrade from 7), but Win-Shift-S does work in OneNote2007.
    – Alex M
    Mar 13, 2019 at 22:00

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