How to Fix Windows + Shift + S Not Working

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The Snipping Tool is useful for taking screenshots, but only if Windows + Shift + S is working properly. This guide explains how to fix it.

One of the easiest ways to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 and 11 PC is to use a keyboard shortcut using the Windows key + Shift + S keys. Using this shortcut allows you to take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool.

When this keyboard shortcut stops working, you’ll need to troubleshoot the issue or use a workaround. There are other keys and key combinations you can use. You can also try to fix the Snipping Tool itself.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to fix Windows + Shift + S not working on your Windows PC using the following steps.

Check Your Keyboard

If the keyboard shortcut isn’t working, there could be a problem with the keyboard itself. Ensure it’s plugged in correctly and is recognized by your PC.

Got a laptop keyboard causing you trouble? If you have an extra keyboard lying around, plug it in and see if it works. If it does, it’s probably an issue with the keyboard itself.

USB Connection

Using a wireless keyboard? Re-pair it by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

You should also check any cables for damage, make sure that the keys are debris-free, and press down appropriately. For more, check out these fixes for a broken keyboard on Windows 11.

Use the Print Screen Key

If you’re in dire need of a screenshot and don’t have time to troubleshoot, you can use a workaround first. To get a full shot of your desktop, hit the Print Screen key.

It’s on the top-right of your keyboard and typically labeled as PrtScPrntScrn, or similar on other keyboards.

keyboard layout take a screenshot on windows 11

The shot of your full desktop is copied to your clipboard, and you can paste it into an image editor like Paint or a word processor like Word. After that, edit it however you want to, or send it off or save it for use later.

Snipping Tool Windows

How to Reset or Repair the Snipping Tool

If the Snipping Tool isn’t working, you can reset or repair the app to get it working again. This will help to resolve keyboard shortcut issues like the one we’ve described above.

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Settings.Settings Windows 11
  2. When Settings opens, press Apps on the left.
  3. On the right, select Installed apps.Installed apps windows 11
  4. Type snipping tool in the app search field at the top.
  5. Click the three-dot button next to Snipping Tool and select Advanced for Snipping Tool
  6. Scroll down to the Reset section and click the Repair button—wait a moment for the repair to complete.
  7. Check if Windows key + Shift + S works after the repair.
  8. If that doesn’t work, click the Reset button, and see if it works.Repair App on windows 11

How to Enable Clipboard History to Fix Windows + Shift + S Not Working

Another thing you can do is ensure that the clipboard history feature is enabled. This feature allows you to save multiple snippets of text to your clipboard. It can also help fix keyboard shortcut problems.

To Enable Clipboard History on Windows 11

  1. Open Settings and select System from the menu.
  2. After that, scroll down and select the Clipboard option.system clipboard
  3. Under the System > Clipboard section, toggle the switch next to the Clipboard history option to the On position.enable clipboard history
  4. Close the Settings menu.
  5. Take a couple of screenshots to see if the clipboard history feature is working. It should provide a history of the shots you took to paste into a document or app like Paint.use clipboard history on windows 11

Clean Boot Your PC

If the above steps don’t work, doing a clean boot of your PC is another thing to try. Other apps on your PC could be interfering with the Snipping tool. For example, a clean boot will use the minimal startup apps and drivers required to load Windows. It allows more control over the services and apps than Windows in safe mode.

Performing a clean boot of Windows is straightforward, following our instructions to clean boot Windows 11. If you’re running Windows 10, the clean boot process takes virtually the same steps.

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Run a DISM and SFC Scan

Your keyboard shortcut may not be working due to a corrupt system file. However, running an SFC and DISM scan can fix the issue and get your keyboard working again. These scans help to ensure that your Windows system files haven’t been corrupted.

  1. Press the Windows key and search for PowerShell.
  2. Click the Run as Administrator option from the results on the terminal admin
  3. Run the following command in the terminal:
    sfc /scannow

    terminal SFC-scannow

  4. After the SFC scan completes, you’ll want to run a DISM scan if SFC can’t replace specific system files.
  5. With PowerShell still open as an administrator, run the following command:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    DISM Scan Windows 11

Remember that these scans can take a while to complete, and the amount of time will vary. Once the scans, restart your PC and see if the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut works.

Get Screenshots and Fix Windows + Shift + S Not Working

If your Windows + Shift + S keyboard shortcut stops working, using one of the solutions above should help to get things working again to get the screenshots you need.

If the keyboard shortcut ends up working, but you’re having other issues with the Snipping Tool, check out our fixes if the Snipping Tool stops working. Also, for more about screenshots, read our guide on how to take a screenshot on Windows 11.



  1. Kaj

    May 20, 2023 at 2:20 am

    The quickest and easiest workaround is missing: ctrl + shift + esc to get into task manager, search for “windows explorer” and restart it and you’re good to go.

    • Andrian

      June 12, 2023 at 4:59 am

      Wow thank you for the great tip!

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