If Snipping Tool freezes and blocks your screen…

Note: Be sure to read the comments for more help!

Today when I used the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 it stopped working. I could select an area over and over again, but it never closed after that as it should. The screen was dimmed and I could not get to any other program because Snipping Tool was on top of everything, even Task Manager! I almost gave up doing a hard reset, when I found a way to get rid of it:

Alt+Tab still worked though. There is a small X that appears if you hover an application thumbnail with the mouse. Using this you can close Snipping Tool!


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40 Responses to If Snipping Tool freezes and blocks your screen…

  1. Devin says:

    Than you!! This just happened to me on my company’s remote server I was working in.

  2. Ant says:

    They seem to have fixed the “press the X to kill it” feature so that didn’t work for me. I did find that Alt F4 killed it, lets hope they don’t block that one next.

  3. Crystal says:

    Alt+f4 worked … ty

  4. Michelle says:

    OMG. THAT WAS HORRIBLY FRUSTRATING. Yeah, none of those work for me sadly. That said, I was actually able to force it closed without fully shutting off my pc (a surface book) by holding the power button, sliding to shut down & then when it asks, are you sure you want to shut down? You have all these things open, I clicked cancel & when it went back to my desktop snipping tool was closed! Woo! So glad I didn’t have to lose all my progress on the multiple things I had open

    • Dien Mai says:

      Your way saved me, others didn’t work.
      Thanks Michelle,

    • Bentroen says:

      Same! I believe the other solutions didn’t work because I had captured something previously, and there was a popup asking if I wanted to save the changes (probably preventing it from closing).

    • Jason says:

      This worked for me. Nice job figuring this out.

    • Eyal Shoham says:

      Yes you’re the winner! this worked. I used the Windows key to open the Start Menu, from which I was able to restart normally.

    • Robert says:

      THANK YOU!
      Your method worked on my notebook. Held the power button until shutdown screen came up, the canceled the shutdown.
      I can now resume whatever it was I was working on at the time before this MAJOR distraction.

  5. Johannes Visagie says:

    Nothing worked for me until I did this.

    Press the windows key or search icon in the bottom left then type the following

    (taskkill /f /im “snippingtool.exe” /t), but exclude the brackets.

    Hope this helps someone else as I almost forced shutdown.

  6. Ash S. says:

    This just saved me from a huge loss of work. Seriously. Thank you!

  7. Jeff DeWitt says:

    That worked, THANKS!

  8. Lonny says:

    Alt-Fn-F4 also works – in case you can’t see the little x

  9. John Jacobs says:

    Alt f4 worked when ALT tab didn’t. A life saver. Didn’t lose work.

  10. Alyssa says:

    God bless this email chain! You just saved my minutes 🥳

  11. EffOff says:

    I clicked the power button and before it shutdown I clicked cancel instead of Shutdown anyway and it went back to normal.

  12. Haran Perera says:

    Alt + F4

  13. Brenda Kurtz says:

    I have written the command on a sticky note for the next time this happens as none of the other options worked. I also reset the snipping tool.

  14. ZereVoid says:

    Im not entirely sure if the “Press and hold the power button and slide” thing work’s or not but i just want to warn other that if you try that MAKE SURE you take you’re finger off the button in 1-3 seconds or you’re pc will already be shutting down hopefully this helped as this happened to me and I don’t want others to face the same fate

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