How to make Snipping Tool in Windows 10 start taking a screenshot by clicking its icon in taskbar?

I simply want to make it start taking a screenshot right after clicking its icon in the Taskbar. Unfortunatelly, now the situation is different. This how it works now:


  1. click the icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Click New. - I want to remove this step.
  3. Select the area.
  4. Save.

BUT, Here is what I want:


  1. click the icon in Taskbar.
  2. Select the area.
  3. Save.

___In other words, I want to remove one step - clicking New which is step 2 in the Bad Variant. I want to start taking a screenshot right after clicking the icon in the Taskbar.

Please, help me with the GOOD VARIANT.

  • P.S. Some years ago I found the solution for my older version of Windows (that was either Windows 7 or XP; I don't remember), but I cannot find it now.
  • P.S.S. Let me explain my scenario again: 1) click ICON 2) start choosing the area 3) The resulting snip gets opened in the same Snipping Tool (or similar soft, OK, I am tired of waiting for Microsoft's mercy). ALL IN ONE APP. I really don't want to press any buttons on keyboards, or make any other movent with my finger. I am not being arrogant; I just need to be fast at work.

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Solution 1:

I know this thread is old but I just got it working.

  1. Click Start and type Snipping Tool.
  2. Right click the "Snipping Tool" icon and click "Open file location".
    Note: This will open the shortcut under "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories".
  3. Right click the "Snipping Tool" icon and click on Properties.
  4. Under Target, enter this: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SnippingTool.exe /clip
  5. Click Apply. You will need admin permissions to do this.
  6. Click continue, now drag and drop the Snipping Tool icon from "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories" into your taskbar.

Solution 2:

If Windows 8+ don't have this functionality, one bodge solution you could use is to create a non-Windows app that will open Snipping Tool and then immediately send the Alt-N command to the Snipping Tool. Something like AutoHotKey should be able to do that.