[Working] 5 Ways to Fix Windows 11 Snipping Tool Not Working


After the October 31, 2021 update for Microsoft Windows 11 beta and the release of preview channels, users have reported problems launching the snipping tool. According to Microsoft, this happened because of an expired Microsoft Digital Certificate. In this article, you will learn ways to fix the Windows 11 snipping tool not working on your system.

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What is the reason behind this problem?

Most Windows 10 users who have recently updated and migrated to Windows 11 have reported this issue with the message “Cannot open this app”. According to Microsoft, this happened because of an expired digital certificate that affected several input-providing tools, including the Snipping Tool. But don’t worry, we have picked and tested the best 5 ways to solve this existing problem.

Ways to Fix Windows 11 Snipping Tool Not WorkingTo resolve this issue, check Windows for Update

Microsoft has already rolled out updates to resolve this issue with the Windows update feature known as Windows 11 KB5008295. If you have not yet received this update, you should manually check and update your system to remove this bug affecting the tool. Follow these simple steps to check for updates to Windows 11.

  • Press the Windows key, search for the Settings app and open it.

  • Click Windows Update in the top right corner of the screen to open it.
  • Click the Check for Updates button to check for and download any new updates for your system.

Exit the snipping tool and run it again

If you are having trouble opening the Snipping Tool in Windows 11, one of the most effective ways to fix it is to manually close and reopen the running app. In this way, a new instance of the tool is provided to the user for work. Follow these simple steps for a quick fix.

  • Press the Windows key, search for the Task Manager app and open it.

  • You can also press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc button at the same time to open the Task Manager app.
  • Locate and locate the Snipping Tool and press the End Task button to close it.

  • Restart the app to open the snipping tool and check if the app is working properly.
Allow background apps

Sometimes insufficient access privileges can cause problems when launching the Snipping Tool in Windows 11. You need to make sure that you give the required permission for apps in the background for the app to work properly. Follow these steps to do the same.

  • Open the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC.
  • Expand Apps in the left sidebar and click Apps & Features.

  • Scroll down to find Snipping Tool and click the icon with the three dots in front of it.
  • Click Advanced options.

  • Under permissions for apps in the background, set the option ‘Let this app run in the background’ to ‘Always’.

Fix and reset the Snipping Tool

Windows 11 provides built-in features to repair and reset the app itself if it stops working or malfunctions. Follow these simple steps for a quick fix.

  • Open the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC.
  • Expand Apps in the left sidebar and click Apps & Features.

  • Scroll down to find Snipping Tool and click the three-dot icon in front of it.
  • Click Advanced options.

  • Scroll further down to find the Reset section and click the Fix button to launch the troubleshooter.
  • After Windows has completed the repair, click the Reset button to reset the app.

Manually change the system date

If the snipping tool problem on your Windows 11 system is still not solved even after trying the above solutions, then you should try this working trick mentioned in the Microsoft community to fix this problem.

  • Press the Windows key, search for Date & Time and open it.

  • Turn off the automatic time setting switch.
  • Click on ‘Set the date and time manually’ and change the date to October 30, 2021. There is no need to change the time on this date.
  • Save changes by pressing the Change button.

  • Now launch the Snipping Tool again. Hopefully the snipping tool will launch and work perfectly.
  • You can now reset your date to the current date to set the correct date and time.
  • Congratulations. You have successfully resolved the Snipping Tool issue.
Bonus: Remove the security update that caused this issue

Many users in the Microsoft community have reported that they started to observe issues with the snipping tool after updating their system to security update KB5006674. However, it also removes important Windows updates, including updates to the File Manager app and other performance improvements. Follow these steps to uninstall this particular update.

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