Is the Snipping Tool missing in your Windows Vista PC?

The Snipping Tool, a neat little tool included with certain editions of Windows Vista, helps you capture a screenshot of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. Snipping Tool can be launched via Start | All Programs | Accessories | Snipping Tool

Note that the Snipping Tool is part of Tablet PC Optional Components, and is shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, and Windows Vista Ultimate Editions only.

If you’re using one of the above Windows Vista editions and still unable to find the Snipping Tool, then the Tablet PC Optional Components may have been uninstalled in your system. Here is how to reinstall it.


1. Click Start, Control Panel.

2. Click Programs, Turn Windows features on or off.

3. If the User Account Control dialog pops up for task elevation confirmation, click Continue.

4. Scroll down the list of entries in the Windows Features dialog, tick the check box for Tablet PC Optional Components.

5. Click OK.

Snipping Tool should now be reinstalled, along with other Tablet PC Components.

Note: You can also open the Windows Features dialog directly by typing OptionalFeatures.exe in the Start, Search box.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in Windows — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP (2003-2012) who contributes to various Windows support forums.

3 thoughts on “Is the Snipping Tool missing in your Windows Vista PC?”

  1. I turned those features off SPECIFICALLY so that I could get rid of that brain-wrenchingly irritating ABOMINATION called the Tablet PC input panel, and now I find out that the snipping tool is part of that hellish package.
    Great job, Microsoft. Great job.

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