Add snipping tool to Windows Server 2012

I used the snipping tool often in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Server 2008 R2. I found it very convenient to use when creating a quick screenshot and for blogging. I recently Installed Windows Server 2012, and wanted to use the tool with it.Snipping-Tool-Screen-capture-icon

*Note — This will add Desktop Experience features which includes:

Windows Media Player

  • Desktop themes

  • Video for Windows

  • Windows SideShow

  • Windows Defender

  • Disk Cleanup

  • Sync Center

  • Sound Recorder

  • Character Map

  • *Snipping Tool


Two ways to add it PowerShell or Add Roles and Features Wizard

PowerShell is a lot faster in the command is:

Enable-WindowsoptionalFeature –Online –FeatureName User-Interface-Infra

You will need to restart the server.

The other option is to use the Add Roles and Features Wizard:


Navigate to the Server manager Dashboard

Server Manager Dashboard

  1. Add Roles and Features Wizard
  2. Before You Begin – Skip by clicking Next
  3. Installation Type – Role-based or Feature-based installation
  4. Server Selection – Server Pool you want or just click Next
  5. Server Roles – Skip by clicking Next
  6. Features – User Interfaces and InfrastructureDesktop Experience
    1. You will be prompted to install the required components or services “Ink and Handwriting Services” and Media Foundation”. Click Add FeaturesUser Interface and Infrastructure ----- Snipping Tool
  7. You will need to restart