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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56 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

  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

  15. Jim says:

    Thanks! Alt-F4 worked for me :)

  16. Jaylene says:

    ALT F4 worked great! Thanks!!! :-)

  17. D K says:

    Only thing that worked for me is shot down option on my laptop. There was no prompt for “are you sure you want to shutdown” but if you have open unsaved files it will trigger Windows to go back in. As a result you may lose some information as things close but not all apps will close.

    What does close is the snip & sketch application. I was planning for the worst but only a few apps closed before I was prompted. Hopefully this helps other in a similar bind.

    After this I also went to task manager under “options” and selected “always on top” so in future I can kill this application if it happens (saw this in another thread).

  18. Jeff says:

    I have been sadly using Windows 10 for awhile now. Snipping Tool has Frozen on my Screen Countless times forcing me to hard re-boot the computer and pray all my window tabs I had open remain and I dont lose any info upon starting up again.

    I came across this posting for solutions to fix the freezing snip tool and it saved me !

    ALT & then F4 Key worked for me and unlocked the frozen screen caused by the snipping tool !

    I did not have to re-boot and for that I am ecstatic !

    This Windows 10 Tower was an Emergency Buy when my other Tower with Windows XP Professional on it got the Blue Screen of Death, I NEVER EVER had a Snipping Tool Issue on that Tower until Windows 10 usage. This week I am bringing my Windows XP Pro tower into the repair shop to get rid of the Blue Screen and get it fixed and back up running and then I am getting as far away from Windows 10 as I can.

    Thank You !!

  19. ahiad hazan says:

    non of the above worked for me, Alt + F4 did nothing.
    but i could do Ctrl + Shift + N, which closed the snipping action for me so i could close the program itself.

  20. VISWAGOPAL says:

    taskkill /f /im snippingtool.exe /t ..try this.. Thanks a lot it works

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