How to Reinstall a Snipping Tool

By Mike Benson

The Snipping Tool is Microsoft's proprietary screen capture utility that comes preinstalled on the Windows operating system. The Snipping Tool is used to capture screen shots of anything displayed on your desktop. This feature is grouped in the Tablet PC feature set. If the Snipping Tool no longer loads or you are not able to take screen shots, you can reinstall the Tablet PC Component to reset all associated settings. Reinstalling will also reset the dependency service required to use the Snipping Tool.

Step 1

Press "Windows" + "R" to open a "Run" box on the bottom of your screen.

Step 2

Type "Appwiz.cpl" in the "Run" box and click the "OK" button. This opens a new window on your screen.

Step 3

Click the "Turn Windows features on or off" link on the left pane. This opens the "Windows Features" dialog box.

Step 4

Remove the check mark next to "Tablet PC Components" and click the "OK" button. This displays a dialog box informing you that Windows is removing the feature. Click the "Restart Now" button to restart your computer.

Step 5

Press "Windows" + "R." Type "Appwiz.cpl" in the "Run" box and click "OK." Click the "Turn Windows features on or off" link on the left pane to go back to the "Windows Features" dialog box.