OneDrive is a useful app to sync your PC settings and personal files, but it does take over the Print Screen key to automatically sync screenshots.
It seems like a good idea to save you more time, but it can actually cost you more time. The issue is that it’s not just the Print Screen button not working, but the feature also conflicts with other apps that require the same key to function properly, such as a screenshot app.
If you use a screenshot app, such as PicPick, which is one of the most popular screenshot apps for Windows 11, you might see an error saying that the hotkey is already used by another app. That app is OneDrive.
This post will explain to you the detailed steps to stop OneDrive from taking over the Print Screen hotkey.
How to stop OneDrive from taking over the Print Screen key
You can stop OneDrive from taking over your Print Screen key by going to the Help & Settings > Settings > Backup tab. Uncheck Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive to disable the OneDrive Print Screen key.
You can do this on Windows 11 and Windows 10. Here’s how:
- To disable OneDrive‘s Print Screen hotkey, simply open the app through the system tray. Now click Help & Settings.
- Now choose Settings.
- Go to Backup. Simply uncheck Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive. Click OK to save.
You should now be able to use the Print Screen hotkey in another program.
Print Screen is still used in OneDrive? Try setting it up
OneDrive might not be fully set up. That’s why you still encounter an error message when trying to use the Print Screen hotkey in other apps.
You don’t have to enable it on OneDrive. All you need to do is just simply press the Print Screen button, let the OneDrive window pop out, then click No thanks.
OneDrive now won’t use the Print Screen key anymore.
Try updating/upgrading your Windows 11/10 build/version if the problem persists
If the problem persists, you might get an out-of-date version of OneDrive. You can use Windows Update to ensure your operating system gets new fixes to reduce bugs or other related problems.
OneDrive by default uses the Print Screen key as its hotkey or keyboard shortcut. That’s fine as long as you use it. But, sometimes you want to use it for another app, not for OneDrive. By using the method above, you can now safely use the hotkey anywhere else other than OneDrive.