You may encounter an issue where the Snipping Tool on Windows doesn't save your snips to a file or doesn’t display them within the tool, despite copying them to the clipboard. This can be quite frustrating if you rely on Snipping Tool for taking screenshots.
Resolving this issue involves running Windows maintenance commands that can repair corrupt system files which might be causing the issue.
Step 1: Run System File Checker
Windows key + Xand choose
Windows PowerShell (Admin)or
Command Prompt (Admin)from the menu to open the command prompt with administrative privileges.
In the command prompt, type the following command and press
Wait for the process to complete. This command will scan and repair any corrupt system files.
Once the scan is complete, check the results:
- If it says no corrupt files were found, your system files are intact, and you can skip Step 2.
- If it says corrupt files were found and successfully repaired, proceed to Step 2.
Optionally, to review which files were corrupt and repaired, type the following commands:
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >sfcdetails.txt notepad sfcdetails.txt
This will create a text file named
sfcdetails.txt containing the details of the scan and open it in Notepad.
Step 2: Run an Online Repair (if needed)
If the System File Checker found and repaired corrupt files, it is a good practice to run an additional repair utility called DISM.
- In the command prompt with administrative privileges, type the following command and press
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Wait for the process to complete. This command will perform an online repair and ensure that your Windows image is healthy.
After completing these steps, restart your computer and try using the Snipping Tool again. This should resolve the issue of not being able to save or view snips.
If the issue persists, consider reaching out to IT Solver Support for further assistance.