Snagit Print Screen Hotkey Not Working

If you have Windows 11 and Print Screen is bringing up the Windows Snipping tool, please see these instructions.


Some programs can assign the Print Screen key and prevent Snagit from using it as a hotkey. These messages may appear when this occurs:


Snagit 13.0.2 or later

In version 13.0.2 or later, Snagit can override the assigned hotkey if the hotkey is in use by another program. This commonly occurs when the Print Screen key is assigned to OneDrive or Dropbox.

  • Click Yes for Snagit to override the hotkey assignment and allow Snagit to use this hotkey. If Snagit Editor and the Capture Window are closed, your computer reverts back to the original hotkey assignment until you open Snagit again.
  • Click No to allow the other program to continue using the hotkey. This hotkey will not be available for use in Snagit.

Manually Enable/Disable Hotkey Override

  1. Open the Snagit Capture Window.
  2. Select File > Capture Preferences > Hotkeys tab.
  3. Check or uncheck the Allow Snagit to override other hotkey assignments option.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Assign the desired hotkey to a preset or as the global capture hotkey.

For Windows 11 Users

The newest Windows 11 update forces the Print Screen key to bind with the Snipping Tool. This is something we have released a fix for in Snagit 2023.2.1. If on Snagit 2023, please update Snagit. If on an earlier version of Snagit, please do the following steps:
  1. Navigate to the Windows 11 Settings
  2. Click on Accessibility on the left pane.
  3. Choose Keyboard
  4. Scroll down to the Print screen section.
  5. See if the "Use the Print screen key to open Snipping Tool" slider is on or off.
  6. If it's on, turn it off, restart the computer, and test again.
Here's a video of that process -

Snagit 13.0.1 or earlier


  1. In the notification area, right-click the OneDrive icon and select Settings.
  2. On the Auto save tab, uncheck the Automatically save screen shots I capture to OneDrive option.

    If this option is already unchecked, check the box and click OK to apply the change.  Repeat step 1 and uncheck this option.


Here are the two most common scenarios with Dropbox and how to resolve them:

Scenario 1: Snagit and Dropbox are running and I am unable to assign Print Screen to Snagit.

  1. In the notification area, right-click the Dropbox icon and select the gear icon.
  2. Select Exit Dropbox.
  3. Hover your cursor over the Snagit Capture Window. Click the gear icon and select Preferences.
  4. On the Hotkeys tab, assign Print Screen as the global capture hotkey.


    To set up Snagit to capture an image and send it directly to Snagit Editor, see this article.

  5. Click Apply.

The hotkey will be assigned to Snagit even when you restart Dropbox.

Scenario 2: When I restart my computer, Dropbox takes over the Print Screen key.

In this case, we recommend disabling sharing screenshots to Dropbox.

  1. In the notification area, right-click the Dropbox icon and select the gear icon.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. On the Import tab, deselect Share screenshots using Dropbox.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. To assign the hotkeys to Snagit, make sure to open Snagit before you open Dropbox.