How to re-enable Snipping Tool in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 & Windows 10

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Are some of the needy tools from your Vista or 7 machine missing, then here is a trick to bring them back to working. This is called Windows Features – Turn Windows features on or off. Re-enabling Snipping tool – the great screenshot taking tool of Windows – can be done in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista machines.

[su_note]This article “How to enable snipping tool in Windows” has been revisited to reflect updated contents. However, the article contents is equally valid from Windows Vista to Windows 10. ~Editor[/su_note]

To turn a feature off in earlier versions of Windows, you had to uninstall it completely from your computer. In this version of Windows, the features remain stored on your hard disk so you can turn them back on if you want to. Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature, and it does not reduce the amount of hard disk space used by Windows features.

First, open your Start Menu and type in programs and features.
Then choose “Turn Windows Features on or Off” from the side Menu.

You probably least expected this, but snipping tool falls under the Tablet PC Optional Components category. For owners of Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, you might no see anything called Tablet PC components – usually it is not present there – optional components as already mentioned.

Tablet PC Input Panel, Windows Journal, Math Input Panel, and other handwriting recognition features are all included within Tablet PC Components.

Enabling Snipping Tool in Windows 7, 8 and 10 - Snipping tool is a hidden Windows feature under Tablet PC Components
Enabling Snipping Tool in Windows 7, 8 and 10 – Snipping tool is a hidden Windows feature under Tablet PC Components in some computers

Check it again, press OK, and your Snipping Tool will come back.

Additionally, you can check more on Windows features on or off. Let us know whether this tutorial helped you restore snipping tool back to work in your Windows machine.

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  2. Daniel says

    That’s simply the great tip. Never knew Snipping tool was hidden under tablet options.

  3. Hari Sadu says

    Never knew snipping tool could of so use to take screenshots – bye bye print screen and welcome snipping tool for screen capturing.

  4. Asmaa Gamal says

    I could not find the Tablet PC option in my windows features! what should I do then ?

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